Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Girl Power is Catching Fire

Another Reason The Hunger Games Is Awesome: Katniss Is Taller Than Peeta... So it’s a small, measured step forward, to be sure, but it’s a step forward nonetheless. The Hunger Games has already quietly but triumphantly demonstrated that there’s nothing unnatural about a female hero figure or a boyfriend in distress. Now, the franchise seems to offer an equally subtle but progressive message about social norms and the stressful effect body size can supposedly have on the natural order of masculine-feminine relations—and that message is something like, “Meh.” From The Atlantic

“The mythic America,” the literary critic Leslie Fiedler memorably wrote, “is boyhood.” One of the things that “The Hunger Games,” on the page and on the screen, suggests is that the myth is changing. Boys (and men) are still boys, of course, including in movies, but the very existence of Katniss — who fights her own battles, and kisses and leaves the boys, only sometimes to save them — suggests cultural consumers are ready for change, even if most cultural producers remain foolishly stuck in the past. It’s unlikely Katniss will lead the real revolution the movies need, but a woman can dream. From The NY Times

Of course, the one truly fresh invention—and the one that matters most—is Katniss herself. With each on-screen chapter, the poor girl from District 12 continues to fulfill her destiny as an inspiration and a rebel fighter. She is but one female, but she's the perfect antidote to the surplus of male superheroes out there. From Roger Ebert

Friday, November 22, 2013

Hear Me

An initiative of the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University, Hear Me is a collaborative network of community organizations, institutions, businesses and foundations working together to provide a better future for our kids.
HEAR ME amplifies kids' voices using MEDIA and TECHNOLOGY to CREATE a world where they are heard, acknowledged and understood, giving them the power to INSPIRE social change.

Listen to what students say about their School Climate.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Google Books Wins

Google’s idea to scan millions of books and make them searchable online seemed audacious when it was announced in 2004. But fast-forward to today, when people expect to find almost anything they want online, and the plan seems like an unsurprising and unavoidable part of today’s Internet. NY Times 
Google has emerged victorious from an eight-year court fight with the Author's Guild over whether the tech company's book-scanning program violates copyright laws. U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin in Manhattan ruled Thursday (November 14, 2013) that the program is legal, writing that it provides "significant public benefits." Since 2004, Google has scanned more than 20 million books as part of an electronic database, making snippets of the scanned books available to the public.... The judge added that the program has "become an invaluable research tool that permits students, teachers, librarians and others to more effectively identify and locate books."  NPR.  
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