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Data on G8 and G20, held in June 2010 (locations: Huntsville and Toronto, Canada) and previous. Right or wrong, I am calling what automatically popped “ping” and a piece tracked through a ping “para-ping” (etym. beside) when by the same author, “meta-ping” (etym. beyond) if by associated source. Articles listed by date of publication. I am sticking to the date format in the original publication – for diverging situatedness visual effect 🙂


Monday 18 May 2009 20.30 BST
META-ping: Guardian article “As the political consensus collapses, now all dissenters face suppression” about the London April 2010 G20, and what it is a part of by George Monbiot, British journalist and activist.

[in recent years]…MPs have introduced a wider range of repressive measures than at any time since the second world war. A long list of laws – the 1997 Protection from Harassment Act, Terrorism Act 2000, Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, the 2005 Serious Crime and Police Act and many others…

Our grossly unfair electoral system, which responds to the concerns of just a few thousand floating voters and shuts out the minor parties; the vicious crackdown on dissent within parliament by whips and spin doctors; the neoliberalism forced upon governments by corporate power and the Washington consensus; the terror of the tabloid press – all combine to create a political culture which cannot respond to altered realities without collapsing. What cannot be accommodated must be suppressed… More…

Tuesday 7 April 2009 17.53 BST
Guardian “Video reveals G20 police assault on man who died”
In addition to the video, shot by a fund manager from New York, who was in London on business, the Guardian submitted to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) a sequence of photographs, taken by three different people, showing the aftermath of the attack, as well as witness statements from people in the area at the time. Some witnesses provided time and date-stamped photographs that substantiate their accounts.

By contrast, the official version of events given by the Metropolitan police “simply described attempts by police medics and an ambulance crew to save his life after he collapsed – efforts they said were marred by protesters throwing missiles as first aid was administered”.

Got to the above (currently on YouTube) through 2 pings:
== modernityblog’s post“Astonishing footage”
== a link from morris108’s blog Divining the news – ABOUT ME quotes:

We dissenters are still a disorganised lot. The oligarchy is still ahead of us. But above all the internet is changing everything…
The TV ended the Vietnam war. Now the internet will end the NeoCons. And I hope a secular time will follow… More…

2010/05/19
ping from truth11.com
== Torching of Ottawa bank in May 2010, which author predicts will be used to justify turning G20 “into a police state extravaganza.”
== blog itself: http://truth11.com/

Published: June 27, 2010
NY Times dot com article by IAN AUSTEN
== “Police in Toronto Criticized for Treatment of Protesters, Many Peaceful

TORONTO, June 27, 2010
CBS News dot com article, 32 comments:
== Arrests of Activists at G-20 Summit Top 500
== subtitle: Police Raid University of Toronto Building, Seize “Street-Type Weaponry” of Bricks, Sticks and Rocks

June 24, 2010
AOL News dot com article:
== Armed Man Arrested Near Site of G-20 Summit

In addition to the link to MSN videos posted yesterday, links to CBC podcasts below, already posted, or – hopefully – coming up.


CATEGORIES OF ECO-DISSONANCES

In the period leading up to the two summits, between levels of gov’t:
Toronto municipal civil servants/authorities were not consulted or listened to. According to Mayor David Miller (interview Mon, June 28), if they’d been “treated as equals” (I’d say, CO-HOSTS with the Fed Gov’t), PM Harper would have heard/trusted advice not to hold G20 downtown, thus avoiding property damage in the millions, and making the police’s job easier (Toronto, Calgary, Montreal police deployed).

Crucially, the right of voters to express their concerns, and feel safe, was not taken into account adequately. Provisions were not made to protect property in the vicinity of the G20 summit site, or compensate for possible damage – per documents made public.

Within the police force, evident especially during the protests:
Judging by what the story of Sergeant McLeod and her 15 officers (An officer’s summit view) revealed, from the point of view of a civilian, units were deployed, (re)directed by HQ with minimal if any instructions (could “extensive training” have covered “everything”?), on one occasion, in compliance with orders, they waited in vain for protesters to show up.

Small wonder policemen went too softly/too forcefully at times, in the absence of access to timely intelligence, or a mandate to adjust options/techniques practiced “in training”, depending on what they themselves see on site.

Between police/government and Toronto residents
(already noted yesterday, in Mobilis in mobili Episode 4)
There would have been more than enough counterproductive dissonance (epistemic gaps, self-defensive reactions, downright mistrust, and thus off-the-mark decisions and (non)action…) between municipal authorities and TO police, judging by how little – let’s call them – “mobilizing”/”pep talk” official statements were given for the sake of the public in the weeks, even days leading up to the summit.

Result?
Torontonians were unaware of any pending danger beyond a theoretical possibility. AND they/we were NOT MADE PART OF HOSTING THE G20. The police must have received an explicit assignment to protect the G20, leaving the Serve and Protect (all citizens) constitutional imperative unaddressed (?) BTW, the police deployed (from Toronto, and additional units from Calgary and Montreal) were federally generously funded to the explicit guidelines of PM Harper.

Closing down the University of Toronto; building a 3 m fence around the Toronto Convention Centre, increasing the number of police patrol; unofficial! revelations, after start of summits about “legal enhancements of police powers” (the adopted G20 Act allowing searches/arrests of people within 5 m of the fence…)

Knowing about the billions of dollars spent, including on an artificial lake at the G8 site in Huntsville !???, in one of the most lakes-endowed region, the 1 billion toward security seemed like one of a longish line of unjustified (and let’s face it, show-off-y) gestures of overspending.

It all worked toward alienating residents and creating mistrust. A recurring rhetorical question by residents prior to the event and by demonstrators, “Why are they treating me like a criminal?”. Thus police – demonstrators encounters were replete with sarcastic barbs flying from the side of the demonstrators, warnings and forceful measures applied by the police against ANYone in the crowd, lest they be a Black Bloc tactician (policeman’s voice on record), including a number of journalists, some of whom held for a period of time, one also brutally handled (freelance (?) reporter (working on artticle for British Guardian) Jesse Rosenfeld, confirmed by CBC journalist who witnessed the incident)

More seriously, the unprecedented security measures were not given anywhere close to adequate justification in the public eye, leaving citizens with the bitter taste of being manipulated to the detriment of their legal/constitutional rights.

Silver lining?
No reports of deaths or injuries requiring hospital treatment – per mayor Miller interview, Mon June 28. He also stated that, even though it is not part of federal regulations currently to compensate store owners et al. for damage to their business and property, it would be totally in order to make adjustments for their accommodation.

7:22 pm update: Silver shabbily oxydized?
Several times today CBC Radio aired statements by “nonmainstream journalists” newly let out of custody, and reported on a post-event protest.

  • Amy Miller, kept for 13 (hrs), shockingly says the police threatened to rape her, gang bang her, and make sure she never ever again wants to be a reporter. Then adds she witnessed young women being strip-searched by male officers, “completely!”, one of whom was extremely traumatized when she came out.
    [a bit too far for “intimidation tactics”, even if this, by the sound of it sufficiently “young&green” woman, acted “mouthy”/”cheeky”]
  • the already familiar Jesse Rosenfeld about whom we heard he was but 5 ft 4 in, 130 lb, with one kidney, asthmatic. But dared to vocally protest against the police behaviour, so was pushed, ankle twisted, hit in chest… Consulting with lawyers about starting proceedings.
  • Adam McIsaac (confirm spelling) was grabbed, threatened with a stungun, in his words, he kept repeating “I have a pacemaker”, officer lifted his top, saw no scar, accused him of lying; Adam only got a paramedic when he managed to show his pacemaker card [confirm: WAS he actually tasered?]
  • As of mid-afternoon, reports about new protests picking up momentum in front of Police Headquarters on College St. Very loud shouting, protesting against police behaviour, qualified as “peaceful”, police described as “not taking action”.

In addition to the link to MSN videos posted yesterday, CBC podcasts below, already posted, or – hopefully – coming up.

CBC PODCASTS

    Monday, June 28

  • Podcasts of several good interviews, Metro Morning host Matt Galloway with with Toronto Mayor David Miller, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, reporter Lorenda Reddekopp on protests, Sergeant Tim Burrows, G8/G20 Integrated Security Unit, John Kirton, co-director of the G20 Research Group at the University of Toronto.
    http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/
  • Podcast would be great of The Current’s guest host Piya Chattopadhay in G8/G20 discussion with Alan Alexandroff, co-director of the G-20 Research Group; Liberal MP and former Finance Minister Ralph Goodale; Daniel Price, former economic advisor in the Bush Administration.
    http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/
  • .
    Sunday, June 27

  • Metro Morning-the Sunday Edition with Michael Enright
    http://www.cbc.ca/thesundayedition/2010/06/hardlabour.html
    No announcement re podcast coming up; he had very good interviews about the G8 with a couple of former ministers, UT’s G20 research group co-director Professor John Kirton; with McMaster’s Assistant Prof Jean Chamberlain, founder of Save the Mothers, spends 8 months in Uganda and elsewhere.

for links to videos visit G20 Negotiations Offset by Black Bloc Violence (412 arrests)



Leveraging off John Paul Hoggan’s video, which I view as representative data for qualitative research, here is a record of the turn of wind from Sat afternoon, toward a night of a discomforting handful of violent excesses:

Peaceful protests, police and volunteers direct the public and demonstrators away from the cordoned off zone – at first “it seems to be working”. Damands to be let in becomes increasingly insistent/militant, police “applies force” (??? video mentions no details).

With Black Bloc activists seeping through the crowd, temperaments heat up, protesters break through the ring of police and volunteer citizens, into the cordoned off financial district, vandalize and torch 2 cruisers, then stay on site for hours.

NB!, according to the journalist, no more violence or anything confrontational/untoward/”newsworthy” erupts during those “hours”. (perhaps in the area under his observation?) BUT, things turn ugly overnight.

Several other videos referenced above witness a change toward explicit violence, tracked until 412+ arrests are reported by midday Sunday June 27, 2nd & last day of G20.

HOW PRECARIOUS THE BALANCE was/is!!!

Note that the CLASHES at the recent Copenhagen COP15 Summit had No Excesses to this degree, nor was security preparedness of this proportions reported or made evident. There were (NGO and youth) demonstrators protesting police’s forcefully blocking them from entering the building of the summit. There were a few hundred arrests.

From my point of view, BIG DIFFERENCE between the public’s involvement in the two events.

Principled, and obvious, questions:
== Would Foucauldian “disciplinary power” curtail potential violence, OR provoke it, even push it to the extreme?!
== What public demands should be recognized as legit, and satisfied? and by contrast
== Who should be “disciplined”?
== Can peacefully-minded demonstrators prevail and get “what they want” (= be allowed in, not even into the building, but close to it)
== Is it up to them, more importantly within their power, and/or the police to deflate the rising/simmering violence?!
IMPORTANTLY,
== Shouldn’t the police/gov’t have given the electorate advance notice of intelligence they must have received about plans by certain groups to apply drastic tactics? Wouldn’t that have won public trust, instead of garnering resentment about the unprecedented security measures taken, which made a number of people feel needlessly, and unjustifiably, “dispossessed of their city”? This kind of affect surely lubricated the Black Bloc’s intentions, instead helping to dissolve them!!!

My comment re the (largely rhetorical) queries above: we’re witnessing the predictable, and certainly NOT UNprecedented, Freedom and Authority tensions of Democracy.

After all, democracy is predicated of a hierarchical societal system. Its job is to keep in view ethical principles of freedom, equality, equal opportunity…, so that (esp. excesses of) power imbalances are (optimally) reined in, if not resolved. Bringing in the visual metaphors of equailty vs power structure, is a straightforward illustration of latent/overt tensions. The “flat” representation of equality cannot possibly comfortably fit the existing “hierarchical” configuration of societal structures. A hierarchy, which is replicated from the family unit up through the school/university system, and all the way to the level of national corporations and government as well as transnational structures cannot possibly comfortably, and readily, fill out a (“judgemental”) round hole, which pushes it to change its square shape fittingly, i.e., stretch beyond its limits!

For a critical mass of agents (individuals, institutional, corporate, legal) to ensure that ethics would more likely than not ameliorate the contravening implications of a power hierarchy, the human species cannot rely on structural givens, or expedite suitable modifications thereof. There just ARE NOT enough supports that way, structural or systemic and, short of flattening the hierarchical structure, thereby smoothing out systemic wrinkles, there cannot be. At least, not at this point in history, and at the state level. Admittedly, historically, there have been partial flattenings, but complete horizontality, at this point, is a category of analysis at best, for some not worth retaining even in theory.

Indeed, the place of honour that epistemologist Lorraine Code (2006) gives to Democracy in her Ecological Thinking theory belongs with a democratic belief system that does not, and cannot, equal current practices, even if these are categorized as “democratic”, one could say, by a society’s/a nation’s consensus.

Be that as it may, ECOSONANCE is a search for consciousness raising tao, premised on a contrast with (and to the extent that structural predetermination can be/is ruled out, independently of) asymmetric (even downright hegemonic, authoritarian) asymmetric arrangements and corresponding systemic connections at the level of Human Relatedness to Self, Other, biotic and abiotic Nature.

It reserves the right to retain the concept of functioning horizontality, since brought to its completion, its logic not only allows but entails actual equality, “harmony” in ecosonic terms, both locational and relational.

As US’s Obama and UK’s Cameron are betting over FIFA outcomes, and a Gulf storm is threatening significant aggravation of the BP (historically, British Petroleum) oil spill,

  • G8 in Huntsville, Ontario, Canada is wrapping up with less than 1/3rd (of the 50,000 billion promised in Gleneagle, Scotland, 2005) confirmed financial commitment – 5 billion US$ over next 5 yrs by G8 + 2.3 billion by other countries (per PM Harper closing speech, Sat. June 26),
  • G20 in Toronto, Canada’s largest city and capital of the province of Ontario is offset by protests escalating into violence. An ugly, and shocking to Canadians – and the world -, Black Bloc subversion of “public demonstration”. Acts of violence corrupted peaceful demonstration of over 10,000 people as of first day of G20 summit, Sat. June 26.
    Hurtful to see that what looked like excessive security measures was justified:
    == special G20 legislation (“Public Works Protection Act” giving extra powers to Police – to search, fine, arrest potentially dangerous individuals/groups)
    == 3 meter tall fence encircling Convention Ctr
    == University of Toronto closed down during days ot summits June 24-27
    == police imported from other provinces, increased number of police on site, including Mounties (on horseback).
    HOWEVER, re concerns over threat to civil liberties,
    == a judge ruled against using sound blast, lest it cause serious damage (I’d imagine, even to uninvolved bystanders or uninvolved downtown residents)
    == no mention of “stun guns” (to be) deployed

    IT WAS QUITE SOBERING to learn about
    == a couple of arrests of men with incendiary material around the beginning of G20
    == a police car set on fire; several cruisers smashed overnight Sat-Sun
    == windows of Scotia bank smashed, stores raided, mostly Yonge St, and no merchandise taken
    == 412 people in custody as of noon, Sunday, June 27.
    == GOOD 😦 😦 😦 NEWS: no one reported taken to hospital from the public or police, injured police able to stay on duty. NO VIOLENCE reported on G8 site.

  • Videos available as of 1pm, Sunday, June 27 at
    http://news.ca.msn.com/canada/video.aspx?cp-documentid=cbcc2010-2706-1000-0006-153145185900

    == PM Harper’s G8 closing statement, in French and Engl
    ==== Billions for maternal health 3:30 min
    ==== (Oil spill, climate change not on the agenda)

    == G8, G20 protesters promise big demonstrations
    ==== re supersized security “Fortress Toronto” expecting G20 6:38 min
    ==== Protests turn violent 2.01 min, by John Paul Hoggan
    ==== Toronto stores board up (80% Sat to Sun)
    resident whose family’s lived in TO for 25 yrs has “never seen anyhting like this”
    ==== Over 400 arrests 9.09 min
    ==== Protest mayhem 2.05 min
    ==== A ‘family-friendly’ G20 protest 2.01 min
    people came out with children 8-, 3-yr old, for “children to remember”, “out of curiousity”…
    ==== Open for business during the protests
    store owners say: closed down after Scotia Bank office vandalized; with all the police “it looks like a horror movie”

  • UPDATE: A number of good vid’s today, Monday, June 28 (as of 9:30 am)
    == G20 results
    ==== G20 summit ends 3:16 min
    ==== Obama says G20 produced important progress ! 43:28 min

    == Outside of G20 fence (2:00 min – 5:00 min vids, rarely longer):
    ==== Citizen journalism
    ==== An officer’s summit view
    ==== G20 Toronto unrest
    ==== G20 summit vandalism
    ==== G20 violence condemned
    ==== Police surge 4:03 min

    == After the Summit 7:00+ min – good recap re outside g20 Fence, up to Mon am (detention facility, why police changed tactics from Day1 to Day2)
    == Summit security overload 4:12 min – Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International – Canada qualifies events as “deeply troubling”, AI is calling for an independent review, to be conducted by bodies already assigned to similar tasks.

re-re-posted with literary edits: June 26, 2010

Rereading yesterday’s Mayfly Perfection post, I couldn’t help but, read by read, get drawn into vision-and-rhyme…

Awesome ecosonic art! – see for yourself: jimdenevan dot com > sand

I owe the discovery to http://thescuttlefish.com/2010/06/23/drawn-in-sand-for-but-today/, where a couple of comments bring up the resemblance to the perfect geometric circles drawn in crop fields, presumably by outer-space Sapiens, which had popped up as a “free” association for me as well. (see images paneau below – the life size of the crop formations spans 10s and 100s of feet!)

What really fascinated me about Jim’s art, and still does, though, was the profoundly ecosonic dimension of the philosophical implications of these awesome sand drawings being born on the shore and dying with the tide – analogous to short-lived, beautiful mayflies.

Just think of what it means (for someone) to
execute with such hours-on-end precision,
on such a beyond-sight-reach scale,
all these marvels that get washed away –
perhaps, literally, within the day (?) –
save for the witnessing
of a photocamera!…

…and genuinely LOVE it?! We
human viewers wholly
love it too, and
likely so do
– I Sense –
Sun-Sky
-Sand-
Sea…

We genuinely LOVE it
as does he
and
likely so do
Sun-Sand-Sky-Sea…


FYI BBC on alien (?) crop circle formations:

Crop Circles, or agriglyphs as they are increasingly called, are beautiful, complex geometric patterns found impressed in a variety of crops and, less often, other vegetation. They also appear in any other ground cover that can take an impression such as earth, sand, ice, and snow, and even in maize and tree canopies. In crop formations, the stalks are gently bent down flat to the ground, often with complicated multi-level layering and spiralling patterns. More…

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Click on the thumbnail image, then feel free to expand – original width and height are over 1200 px. Oh, and the life-size shapes stretch for 10s-100s of ft

crop circles

credits: imycena.wordpress.com/.../ post 'Crop Circles' outubro 23, 2008

 


re-re-posted with literary edits: June 26, 2010

 

June 23, 2010: Ontario, CA – where “my” Toronto is.

  • Earthquake @ 5.0-magnitude early afternoon (SE Ont, W Quebec, part of NE US)
  • Over 20,000 homes in Ontario reported without power, a few buildings closed down for operation. NO HUMAN VICTIMS reported so far.

  • Heavy rain and tornado (the twister variety!) in the evening (Southern Ont)
  • Other than the small town of Midland, and especially Smith’s trailer park in its centre, no structural damage or injuries reported. Number of injured people around a dozen. NO DEATHS reported.

  • And a flash-back to June 6th early morning tornado, Southern Ontario again
    Leamington worst hit. Damage to buildings, utility poles; many uprooted trees in town and park. NO HUMAN LOSSES.

NARRATIVE
The tornado part of Toronto’s evening
It was just superheavy rain – cats, dogs, Procyon lotor-s (rac(c)oons)… When inside and safe, I actually get a tremendous kick out of watching the elements rage. Awesome beauty – be it a thunderstorm, a blizzard, hailstorm… (Not talking about the “caress” of fluffy snowflakes and warm summer rains on the beach.)

As to the earthquake in the early afternoon
My building shook as I was working on a conference-related ES post. Be proud of me – managed to do Save Draft before I considered getting scared a lot vs. just a little. Must have been thinking (2-3 min – woooow!), since when I thought of looking at the time it was 1:44, and the quake is reported to have commenced at 1:41 pm. Willed it to be over (like the rest of, what, 4 million?, Toronto & area residents), and it’s a good thing it accepted 🙂

Why did I NOT even get out of the house? Because Toronto is “not in an earthquake zone”, AND I really didn’t want it to be. Which is what Midland residents thought, even as the tornado was descending upon them. (see clips below)

Unlike the (ironic) bonding (of neighbours of 1-2 years and more, who “had never had the time” to actually meet) that occurred during the several-day power outage in the summer of 2003, just after the SARS epidemic, no people poured out on the street. I’m grateful it didn’t come to RE-discovering how The Good comes out in people in extreme situations. But that was the case in the small town of Midland, wrecked by a twister – see below the Jessie, James, and Gloria+Wellington story, among a number of others, I’m sure.

 
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Remark 1: My 2nd earthquake, at 5.0-magnitude. The 1st one was in Europe, in the 1980s at 7.5-8-magnitude, I think, in 2 waves. People on the upper floors of taller apartment buildings stayed inside because they had to support their beautifully arranged shelves/cupboards with china, crystal, etc. household ware. Some shattered, anyway. BUT they took out the kids, at least, before it shook the second time.
Remark 2: Authority | Credibility & Veracity | public media vs Citizens’ Journalism (?) | where Governance failed to protect | where Media did not make the danger clear enough… or announcements just slipped by the Attn of People

One can theorize endlessly about all of the above, and much more…


editing changes in this section: June 25, 2010Situated Close-ups amidst Journalism Objectivism
Do you “triangulate” your facts from several sources, then look to come up closeR to the visceral experience through stories of witnesses? Well, I normally do – not this time. [Studying epistemic scope of mainstream media, like I did back in December 2009 for COP 15.] 

In the vein of Donna Haraway‘s theorizations, “objectivity/-ism” is actually biassed, and you can only be “objective” (in the traditionally intended Schefflerian standard knowledge practice way for the “natural” sciences, i.e., establishing “facts”, “truths”) if you accept the actuality of having access only to a “partial” view, since no one is reprieved from “situatedness“.

I’d say, the public has discovered this intuitively, and empirically, judging by the popularity of “the stories of real people”, as opposed to media coverage prefaced by the (by now) advertising-compromised “scientists say/have confirmed/did studies on… and…”.
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Sharing links below: journalists embodying the putative “objective” reporting stance, “real” people in interview (perhaps arguably) representing the “situated” view – to the extent that taken-for-granted “direction” from interviewers can be factored out.

    For 3 (as of 8 pm EDT) June 24 clips, go to the righthand sidebar, click “CBC top stories” tab at
    http://news.ca.msn.com/photogallery.aspx?cp-documentid=24677275

  • storm picks on trailers 4:40 min
  • Jessie Miron [spelling per source, I’d’ve gone for Jesse Mirren, judging by the pronunciation] + James Morrison

  • tornado survivor 10:48 min
  • Jessie & James + Gloria Leduc & her pup Wellington whom they rescued out of wrecked trailer with propane tank leak

  • quake aftermath 2:16 min
  • CBC’s Donnah Thibedeau

    More journalist vantage point articles:

  • Midland tornado damage could reach $15M
  • Midland Mayor Jim Downer declared a state of emergency yesterday, lifted by today, Thu, June 24. He said the community “actually practised for just such a scenario”, and “it’s paid off, believe me. We were prepared for this.”

  • Quake damage shuts church, arena (Gracefield, QC)
  • Gracefield homeowner Lise Proulx called her insurance company to hear that “They do not insure those things because it is an act of God”.

    CBC.ca gallery of photos by citizens:

  • Photos of June 6th tornado in Southern Ontario (AGAIN)
    == Leamington worst hit
  • 2 videos of June 23 twister, recorded by BoNJean near Midland, Ontario.
    == Spout forming, Midland, Ont
    == Twister near Midland – 6:15 – 6:20pm
  • People are joking, laughing, curious but not feeling really threatened!

Further to the FREE HUGS MOVEMENT post…

The Comment venue is ALL YOURS:

  • post start: April 2010 – keeping the few lines, for the affective record
  • continuing: June 22-24, 2010

April Title: Hanging On to CBC Radio’s Every unWord – The Dec’09 Copenhagen [***]

You fill in the blank, if you are so inclined, just please resist the temptation, despite Oscar Wilde’s all-too-true adage, to be completely sincere in the Comment section – after all, we’ve all had, what, a full semester (?) – to “cool it”. Courtesy appreciated. Fully. L:)


Narrative
Just the other day, browsing book displays downtown (specifically, sales), I spotted Wilkie Collins’s The Moonstone. Must have been in junior high when I first read it. Just as I had pretty much convinced myself NOT to buy it and add to tons of paper I already suffer tremendously over not being able to get rid of, the “Preface to the New Edition” popped at me. What did I see? – the author had been quite ill while finishing the book, and as a matter of fact, his responsibility to his loyal readers had kept him going AND pretty much breathing. That didn’t give me much of a choice, did it?

Back to Dec 2009 – COP15 in Europe, myself prone in bed for most of the month, crawling-hobbling between radio and desktop PC. Since I am off TV and video, access to more traditional media boiled down to CBC Radio 1 (yuk!, some might say – go ahead, I can take it 🙂 ). To make things even more pen-worthy, the bedridden-hood’s onslaught occured against the backdrop of a trying 2-3 months on the local academic scene, what with restructuring and the like…, which you’ll be spared.

And since like many others who subscribe to the belief that it’s not so much what is happening to you as what you are happening to it that counts, I focussed on turning my captive audience status into a venue for research.

The outcome was the paper I gave at a friendly conference in Ottawa in March 2010, currently in prep for publication.

Recruiting Mr Collins’s eloquence,

…I had my duty to the public still to bear in mind… I held on to the story – for my own sake as well as for [the readers’]… The art which had always been the pride and the pleasure of my life, became now more than ever ‘its own exceeding great reward’.
=> Read: art = research | public, readers – leave as is

Paper
To help you get the gist, the talk title is “CBC Radio’s “Mash-down” of Glocal Spaces at the Copenhagen’09 UN Summit: Discourse Fragmentation and Epistemological Gapping”. The references are part Climate Bib and part General Bib on the ES site.

The handout to your attn, mhtml file, at 61KB – for now. Works 4me in IE.

 


Presentation:

  • CBC Radio’s “Mash-down” of Glocal Spaces at the Copenhagen’09 UN Summit: Discourse Fragmentation and Epistemological Gapping. Paper read at the 5th Annual Carleton Conference “Global Mash-ups: Re-envisioning Space in Communication Studies”, March 4 & 5, 2010, Ottawa, Canada.

June 24, 2010, update: International Free Hugs Day is celebrated on the first Saturday of July, per wikipedia.org article.


A detour into Real Affect:

One of many, by now, free-hugs videos, this time to Leonard Cohen’s beautiful tune Hallelujah! (ES and I second)

 

 

IMAGINE this: they started it [ the Australia-born movement (Juan Mann, June 2004), that is] EVEN BEFORE I started “publishing” the ECOSONANCE THEORY! Who’d’ve thought that you don’t need A.Theory to DO.something.RIGHT?

So, reverse-engineering, now’s the time to unveil the principles that achieved the praxis – perhaps? Like, sophisticizing what’s behind (and/or in front of) the escalation of affect – as the Sondrio, Italy, story unravels, more and more people go for the hug-treatment…

INVITATION: those who would, do proceed in Comment, with links to your own posts with “eco-consonant” clips and thoughts – riiiight there, at the bottom of the page, where it says “No comments yet” as of June 23, 2010, 11:11 AM, Toronto time 🙂


Go-Go, WordPress – the script popped up a couple of posts (1st here, 2nd didn’t work 4me) with “Leonard Cohen” in the title (THANKU!), BUT NONE with “Free Hugs” or “Abbracci gratis” (It), “Abraços grátis” (Pt), “Abrazos gratis” (Sp), “Imbratisari (?) gratuite” (Rom)…!

And are there only hugging songs in English, wonderful as they may be?!

The abstract, for now:

From a philosophical perspective, the focus of the research presented is on the professor-graduate student relationship, seen as being at the very core of graduate education (see Dewey’s teacher-as-mentor). Unless the mentorship relation can ensure that what a more experienced academic has learned (emphatically including their “tacit” knowledge) is passed on to the student, an extremely wasteful epistemological disconnect is guaranteed. Unless master’s and doctoral programs ensure proper valuation of the professor’s highly demanding role, one would be forced to acknowledge an axiological paradox, which is both systemic and structural.

It is argued that while at the graduate level Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development may be (getting) slimmer, its size is (progressively) in reverse proportion to the intensity of effort required on the part of both faculty and students. More than at any other level of education quality suffers tremendously if a professor is discouraged, and really prevented (due to time constraints and competing priorities), from properly transferring to the student their experience as researcher, author and teacher.

It is therefore argued that 1) faculty should be given proper credit for a more adequate amount of consultation time for students and supervision of guided research courses, which not only allow but require low enrolment numbers, and 2) the curriculum (especially at the Doctoral stage) should open up spaces for preparation for peer-reviewed conference presentations and publications.

University of Toronto examples are given of tutoring/guidelines for conference presentations (computer science), professor-student co-authorship of presentations and publications (sciences and humanities), graduate student electronic journals of various formats. The proposed preventive measures for epistemological disconnect and axiological paradox in graduate education are presented in the way of an antidote for the dichotomization of traditional academic values and administrative viability, that the industrialization of higher education threatens.


in preparation for publication:

  • Turning the Tables on Epistemological Disconnect and Axiological Paradox: A Mindmap for Graduate Education Programs. Poster at the Annual CSSHE Conference, Congress’10, Montreal, Quebec, May 29-31, 2010.

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