In her new book The Trouble with Boys, former Newsweek education reporter Peg Tyre argues schools and parents do boys a disservice when they reign in boys natural play that involves fantasy violence — like a little game of cops and robbers. “There is a palpable sense,” she writes, “that the ways in which boys play need to be suppressed or rigidly controlled.” Such control, she argues, inhibits boys ability to learn and understand the world. Violent video games, she says, could be beneficial as an outlet for boys naturally violent tendencies.
Archives for March 2009
MP3 – iTunes In 2007 Google bought a company called GrandCentral, then appeared to ignore its new toy. GrandCentral allowed consumers to sign up for a new, free phone number. Users could then choose to have the number ring to their cell phone, work number, or home phone, or all of them simultaneously. Users could Read more →
MP3 – iTunes Recent business history is replete with costly mistakes regarding the handling of customer information. According to a new report (PDF) by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, companies fail to to take privacy and free speech issues into account when they design new products and services. Companies need to bake Read more →
An audit of 700 mobile phone customer bills by the San Diego-based Utility Consumers Action Network concludes that consumers are overpaying for their cell phone service — and that the average cost-per-minute is shockingly high.
Public Printer is not the kind of job one would normally launch a high-profile public campaign to land. But Carl Malamud believes that head poobah of the U.S. Government Printing Office is such a cool and important gig that he’s asking for the job, rather loudly, from a dedicated Web site, Yes We Scan.
MP3 – iTunes Over the past several years, profit motive has become one of the primary reasons for carrying out Internet attacks. But according to the new Web Hacking Incidents Database Report, the number one motivation for Web-based attacks in 2008 was defacement targeting political parties, candidates and government agencies. Other items mentioned on today’s Read more →
MP3 – iTunes As federal agencies decide how to spend $7 billion dollars allocated for high speed Internet deployment from the recently-passed stimulus package, a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture attempts to quantify the extent of the digital divide between urban and rural America. The USDA says 72.6 percent of urban dwellers Read more →
While President Obama has been widely praised for his use of the Internet to communicate with the public, not all are happy. For example privacy groups have raised a stink over President Obama’s use of Google’s YouTube as the primary distributor of weekly video addresses on the WhiteHouse.gov Website. Groups such as the Electronic Frontier Read more →