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«To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.»

William Shakespeare

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To add some more context to my Lancaster ale life, here is a short outtake from the description of the Peter Lang bookseries on «New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies»: «New literacies are being invented ‘on the streets’ – as people from all walks of life, in diverse sites located within ‘meat space’ and ‘cyber space’, wrestle with new technologies, shifting values, changing institutional forms and processes, and emerging structures of temperament’ characteristic of postmodernity/New Times/the Global Informational Age. These new literacies are all but absent from our educational institutions. Education administrators, teachers, teacher educators and, sadly, academic scholars and researchers, remain largely unaware of their existence. Yet, these new literacies [will] increasingly define the literacy engagements of the young people they teach and the world these young people inherit. ‘New Literacies – The Series’ aims to explore this domain, and to help broker awareness of some of its key trends and features into educational consciousness and practice. It will build upon some key orienting questions: To what extent are the ongoing communications and information revolution and its associated social, economic, cultural, and political changes generating and demanding new literacies – new ways of encoding and decoding everyday lives – on the part of people at large?; What ARE these new literacies, and what distinguishes them from literacies we have known?; How well are our educational institutions getting to grips with new literacies?; What pressing issues and challenges accompany these literacy inventions from the streets, and how are these to be addressed? How do new literacies impact on life in schools, homes, communities, workplaces, sites of leisure, and other key settings of human cultural engagement? For all the TALK about new literacies, we are often hard-pressed to find clear responses to these and similar questions -particularly, within education. Moreover, amidst all this change it is common to find educators and educational administrators and policy makers retreating to familiar territory in formal approaches to literacy education and curriculum at large. Witness here the current revisiting of old debates such as ‘phonics or whole language?'; the retreat to reasserting basic code breaking as the ‘stuff’ of literacy; the retreat to foisting on teachers strategies for emergent readers and writers grounded in traditional print media; the retreat to imposing tightly surveilled regimes of standardized testing, diagnosis and remediation/intervention. This series will explore in depth and from a range of perspectives the extent, nature, and implications of new literacies in global context. It will challenge familiar ways of framing literacy, and ask what it means for literacies to be powerful, effective, and enabling under current and foreseeable conditions. Collectively, the works in this series will help to reorient literacy debates and literacy education agendas.«

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Epikurs Tetrapharmakos: Don’t fear god, / Don’t worry about death; / What is good is easy to get, and / What is terrible is easy to endure.

”A blessed and indestructible being has no trouble himself and brings no trouble upon any other being; so he is free from anger and partiality, for all such things imply weakness.”
- The First Epicurean Principal Doctrine
”Death is nothing to us; for that which has been dissolved into its elements experiences no sensations, and that which has no sensation is nothing to us.”
– The Second Epicurean Principal Doctrine

”The magnitude of pleasure reaches its limit in the removal of all pain. When such pleasure is present, so long as it is uninterrupted, there is no pain either of body or of mind or of both together.”
- The Third Epicurean Principal Doctrine
(Sjekk også: Has Epicureanism still got something to give?«)

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Urban Artforms – Nordic Solutions

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Postmordernismen er død. En ny universalisme er på vei. Nicholas Bourriaud bruker Tate-komplekset til å legge nye manifest ut for debatt: «A new modernity is emerging, reconfigured to an age of globalisation – understood in its economic, political and cultural aspects: an altermodern culture. Increased communication, travel and migration are affecting the way we live. Our daily lives consist of journeys in a chaotic and teeming universe. Multiculturalism and identity is being overtaken by creolisation: Artists are now starting from a globalised state of culture. This new universalism is based on translations, subtitling and generalised dubbing. Today’s art explores the bonds that text and image, time and space, weave between themselves. Artists are responding to a new globalised perception. They traverse a cultural landscape saturated with signs and create new pathways between multiple formats of expression and communication». Tate Triennial 2009 på Tate Britain presenterer en kollektiv diskusjon omkring dette faktum – at postmodernismen er under avslutning, og at vi erfarer oppkomsten av en global altermodernitet. Tate Triennial varer fra 4 Februar – 26 April 2009. London kanskje… Bourriaud ikke bare gir videointervju for å underbygge sin tese (nederst), han har til og med fått laget en tegneserie om den første altermodernist: cartoon001.gifcartoon002.gifcartoon003.gifcartoon004.gifcartoon006.gifcartoon007.gifcartoon008.gifcartoon009.gifcartoon010.gifcartoon011.gifcartoon012.gifcartoon013.gif
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