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26 MAY 2015

Welcome to our corporate-controlled future Internet with Facebook Instant Articles et al.

"There's a generational shift in technology happening right now: From the open Web to native apps, from desktops to mobile phones, from platforms built on standards to platforms owned by corporations. Let's call it the second Internet. Here's what it looks like: "Facebook Instant Article". That's right — it's Facebook. More than 1.44 billion people use Facebook every month, and almost a billion of them use it every day. The majority do so via the Facebook app on their phones.

Think about that: A decade ago, the majority of people using the Internet were doing so on desktop computers or laptops, accessing HTML and JavaScript websites. Today, a vast number — maybe not a majority, but a lot — experience the Internet primarily through Facebook's mobile app.

That's why publishers like the New York Times, Buzzfeed, and National Geographic were so eager to test out Facebook's new Instant Articles platform.

This platform puts publishers' stories directly into the Facebook app (on iOS only, for now), where they load more quickly than they would if Facebook just linked to the publishers' websites — which take an average of eight seconds to load, Facebook says. Instant Articles also offer a variety of snazzy tools for publishers to present their images and interactive elements."

(Dylan Tweney, 15 May 15 2015, VentureBeat)



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Simon Perkins
18 MAY 2009

Mike Neary: the idea of the university is up for grabs

"As the growing body of literature testifies, the role, function and nature of the university are subject to increasingly intensive debate as higher education undergoes profound transformations at the national and international level. There is no longer any consensus about the 'idea' or the 'uses' of the university (Newman 1873; Kerr 1963), if there ever was. Universities are being 'realised and reshaped' (Barnett 2000; 2005), 'rethought' (Rowland 2007) and 'redefined' (Scott 1998). While some regard these transformations positively, others feel that these changes undermine the academic mission of the university, leading to 'crisis' (Scott 1984), 'deprofessionalisation' (Nelson and Watt 2003), 'corporatisation' and 'commercialisation' (Bok 2003; Slaughter and Leslie 1997; Callinicos 2007), 'ruination' (Readings 1996) and even the 'death' of the university itself (Evans 2004).

A key issue of concern for those who feel the academic mission of the university is being undermined is the way in which the student experience has been consumerised (Boden and Epstein 2006). The concept of student as consumer is based on a market led model of corporate governance, within which risky activity is motivated by profit driven imperatives. In this paper I argue for a different model of risk, one which is based on taking progressive risks with the curriculum in order to give students more responsibility for their learning, and – in so doing – provide much richer learning environments. I describe this model not as student as consumer but student as producer (Neary and Winn 2009). This model may be at odds with the market driven paradigm, which sees universities as providing a service for students, but it has the potential, I argue, to provide the basis of a framework for teaching and learning in higher education which promotes social responsibility as the key organising function of the university, making it better able to deal with the social emergencies that underpin its own crisis of identity."
(Professor Mike Neary, Centre for Learning & Teaching – Conference 2008, University of Brighton)


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