Writing the bit about brain development spurred me to do some digging that unearthed two intriguing books by Joseph LeDoux: Synaptic self: how our brains become who we are and The emotional brain: the mysterious underpinings of emotional life. I've barely cracked them, but I'll let you know if I'm dazzled. I have to say that regardless, I'm awfully impressed that LeDoux 1) is a guitar player in The Amygdaloids, a band that "perform[s] songs of mental disorder"; and 2) he lectured then performed for the Secret Science Club. Wish I could be a member!
Since becoming frustrated with 1) a generalist blogger who I'm interpreting as either a scaredy-cat who shies away from challenging conversation or one with a weak premise (p'raps a dollop of both), and 2) having a helluva time finding good, smart, meaty, entertaining reading in the blogosphere, I've been doing a little bit of reading about rhetoric--particularly rhetoric in the digital arena. It has not been easy on the brain, but I did find an interesting tidbit about a youth program called Connected Kids in Troy, NY, that involves kids in developing a database of after school activities for kids--they are involved in different aspects of the project (web design, rebuilding computers, communicating with youth-serving agencies, conducting focus groups, etc). This in a book chapter titled "On the Formation of Democratic Citizens: Rethinking the Rhetorical Tradition in a Digital Age".
[Whoa. Those were a couple of really long, questionably punctuated, and annoyingly numbered paragraphs.]
In the process of finding more information about Connected Kids (which I then passed on to a colleague working on a tech-y after school program) I discovered Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility. What's not to love about that?
This post by Ann Bartow piqued my curiosity. I am now reading the book, The Shock of the Old: Technology and Global History Since 1900 by David Edgerton. Some may be interested to know that Edgerton gives due credit to the mule.
I'll write more about some of these goodies. For now, I feel I've vindicated my sluggishness.
They say that the left side of the brain(get it? P.S.? ok, here.)
Controls the right
They say that the right side
Has to work hard all night
Maybe I think too much for my own good
Some people say so
Other people say no no
The fact is
You don't think as much as you could