{teaching} HONY Goes MDGs

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I can’t believe my luck:  The very 2 things that inspire me are merging: #MDGS and #HONY!  

As I wrote before, I had planned to use HONY as an exemplary example of a digital global community. Now a networked ones meets an institutional one. Very interesting. I want to study this. Anyone working on this already?Screen shot 2014-08-06 at 7.46.46 PM Screen shot 2014-08-06 at 7.44.52 PM Screen shot 2014-08-06 at 7.44.44 PM

{teaching} HONY

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I teach a course on digital communities, in which we explore the idea/l of a community, and look at theories of online communities. (if interested, take a look at my previous course blogs here and here).

While Fall 14 semester is still far away, I have already begun to plan the course — because of HONY – the photo blogging art/book/Facebook project based in New York.

I have decided that we will explore the issues of


gender, race, and class,

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globalization and migration,



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as well as states of alone-togetherness (as by Turkle)

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‘cognitive surplus’ and generosity (as by Shirky),


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and even some concrete lessons about social media, marketing, copyrights and crowdfunding.





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We will try to get to the bottom of why this multimedia art project / global Facebook debate forum has touched so many people all around the world. Why and how did HONY become a community?

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