Texas Forums and the Central Texas World Future Society are hosting a series of twelve discussions on the essays compiled in the book, Extreme Democracy beginning June 18. The purpose of these discussions is to explore the principles and technologies of Extreme Democracies, and to explore how these concepts and technologies are affecting our own social change efforts, our democracy, and the upcoming election.
Attend from the comfort of your own computer!
These discussions will take place online synchronously in the Texas Forums Virtual Room on Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Central Time. You do not have to participate in all of the sessions. (After all, it IS summer break!) Just join us when you can. We’ll record each discussion and archive it on the forthcoming NEW Texas Forums web site and on this blog.
The room is accessible from any PC with Internet Explorer by following this link. You may also go to: http://www.opal-online.org, click on the pull down menu for meeting rooms, and locate Texas Forums. The technology does not currently work with Safari, Firefox or other web browsers preferred by Apple users so you must log in from a PC with a recent version of Explorer. (We hope this will change soon!) You will need to have speakers hooked up to your computer to hear the speakers. You may participate by text chat or talking. Only one person at a time can access the microphone. In addition, each essay has a link to an asynchronous online discussion where participants can post their comments.
A taste of what’s to come
Here are some of the essays we will be discussing (Click here for the complete list, and additional information):
Social Network Dynamics & Participatory Politics, by Ross Mayfield
The Weblog: An Extremely Democratic Form of Journalism, by Jay Rosen
The whole enchilada at your fingertips
Complete information about the series, including a definition of Extreme Democracy, how to buy the book or read it online, and a schedule here!