Archive for July, 2007
I had to go look it up since Aiji named it….
rad Zabibha’s “second generation: One – “Zeenat Sari”" Silk Bandini sari worn in the 70s/80s style.
The archives aren’t updated yet – but when they do you can find the discussion…
Meanwhile – cutting and pasting a part of my most recent post to invite anyone in-world to IM me to be a part of the group I am forming.
THIS discussion is to me about SL education and how we as educators can use these tools (if we must) responsibly and to explore if this medium is indeed enhancing or hampering our ability to pedagogically negotiate the complexities of representational practices world wide. When are we as educators part of the solution and when do we become part of the problem?
I am starting a group on SL on the politics of representation and pedagogy – anyone interested should IM me inworld – rad Zabibha.
This fall I teach a course on Pedagogy at the grad level and hope to have them participate in an SL based assignment that will include this group and discussions with them. Therefore the group is about more than “SLED” – it is about Pedagogy and representational practices.
Today we spent most of the day at the Dayton Air show – last thing we imagined was that my favorite yellow plane would come down tragically in the afternoon.
We too this photo earlier in the morning – not sure if it is Bulldog (Le Roy’s plane) or the second one.
There is a discussion of this going on the sled list. The idea of roleplaying and problem solving is not what is being questioned. My question is – how might we do this sort of “role-play” without perpetuating social problems through the very clear racial and ethnic stereotyping that is happening here in the name of “reality”?
The better the technique and production – the more visible the clear pleasure of producing the villanous gang member with the music invoking particular cultural background and stereotypical (very hollywood and bollywoodlike, actually) characters – all this would draw a child into the role playing and perhaps what would be sidetracked into worrying about people from specific ethnic backgrounds – thus the video, instead of posing a dilemma, would teach the child something else…
Oxford Internet Institute – Civil Society Practitioners Programme
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