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Oddgeir Tveiten

Hello 2021: A new year — some old reflections:

It’s a new year and a new beginning … or possibly another repeat. A challenge at the start of a new year is to remember the pledges and resolutions from last year. Much depends on perspective. Some resolutions never made sense in 2020 or before: Be a better person, exercise more, eat less, talk more or less, write letters, visit parents, and you know — all those things that you either do or do not, regardless of resolutions. One perspective from 2020 centers on teaching, on being a teacher, on reaching out to students and on making sense of learning in this age of COVID-19. On resolving to think through

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Our social conscience

Gordon Brown: A moral sense across all faiths

Listen to this talk from 2009 by former PM of the UK Gordon Brown. It is a truly inspiring talk on how to think about our common future and how to understand the potential of contemporary communication media to bring about change. A new term: “A coup de text”…..: The role of the media to

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Media Watch

Første på norsk

Dette er min første bloggpost på norsk etter overhaling av denne sida. Tanken er et forsøk på å også være tilstede på mitt eget morsmål. Det blir fort så mye på engelsk. Så får vi se.

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Culture and Technology

About Artificial Intelligence

A readworthy article from Washington Post, by Bill LaPlante and Katharyn White: “Artificial intelligence is the future. Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Appleare all making big bets on AI. (Amazon owner Jeff Bezos also owns The Washington Post.) Congress has held hearings and even formed a bipartisan Artificial Intelligence Caucus. From health care to transportation to

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Blockchain in education

Blockchain technology has been all over the news in recent months, mostly focused on Bitcoin and the many debates concerning “cryptocurrency”. In months to come we are likely to see more of a debate also on other uses of Bitcoin, begging the question: What is it? One interesting source I found recently is this one. 

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Media and Politics

Digital populism

Resending this entire post from Open Society Foundations, because it is worth resending. Click the links to go on. The original was posted in 2011. It´s been a while. Here is the link to the quotes below. And here is the link to Open Society Foundations homesite. And for the sake of information — founder of

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Current issues

The fall of great men

Around the world, an agenda-setting attention is focused on the abuse of power by men in position to treat women unfairly: Code word is sexual harassment. One of the latest installments in the unfolding story is the fall of both Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose, veterans of the US TV and talk show eco system.

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Culture and Technology

Facebookers, unite!

Weeksworthy, November 25th 2017 The Atlantic Monthly — on a Saturday, not much competes with a newspaper on paper, but given how expensive it is to have The New York Times delivered to my door, and four days late, I settle for the next best: Online magazines, NYT and other reads; stuff that´s been piling

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Ending our fascination with the digital

A noteworthy op-ed in the New York Times, November 18th 2017, adds to the mounting awareness of how digital technologies steal time as much as they save it, erodes relations as much as they enable them; offering a sense of “global belonging” and at the same time a rush to “belong” – all the time.

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Global Development

Uncharted homeland territory

Disrupted: The politics of belonging David Brooks, in the New York Times this morning – October 31st, 2018: “What you see is good people desperately trying to connect in an America where bonds are attenuated — without stable families, tight communities, stable careers, ethnic roots or an enveloping moral culture. There’s just a whirl of

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Media Watch

Education and the erosion of social capital

Here is a link to a Washington Post commentary by George Will. And here is a citation: “The report was so “seismic” — Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s word — that Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration released it on Fourth of July weekend, 1966, hoping it would not be noticed. But the Coleman Report did disturb various dogmatic

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The Planet and the Donald

A New York Times opinion editorial, April 20th 2017: Will we recover from the Trump presidency? Perhaps not: The thing with climate change is we don´t have much time, and not much is happening — so what happens when what little is happening gets reversed?  “President Trump’s environmental onslaught will have immediate, dangerous effects. He has

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