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Author: Michele Zappia Topics: Comments: 7

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Some months ago the Italian vice minister of labor and social policy, Michel Martone, said that “Anyone who hasn’t graduated by the age of 28 is a sfigato”. “Sfigato” means loser.

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Author: Michele Zappia Topics: Comments: 0

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A selected passage from “AMERICAN ADVERTISING”, by Herbert Marshall McLuhan, in “Horizon”, October 1947 A few months ago an American army officer wrote for Printer’s Ink from Italy. He noted with misgiving that Italians could tell you the names of cabinet ministers but not the names of commodities preferred by Italian celebrities. Furthermore, the wall space [...]

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Author: Insite Staff Topics: Comments: 0

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Juliana Hoxha, director Partners Albania. In addressing this topic I will focus on the challenges of civil society interaction with the political process to bring about deep social change. It is based on my personal experience as a civil society practitioner mainly in Albania and Balkans and not necessarily academic research.

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Author: Andrew Feenberg Topics: , Comments: 1

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Citizenship implies agency, but what is agency and how is agency possible in a technologically advanced   society where so much of life is organized around technical systems commanded by experts? This paper   addresses these questions from the standpoint of philosophy of technology and constructivist   technology studies. The paper first establishes the conditions [...]

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Author: Petter Tornberg Topics: , Comments: 1

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Political discussions and research often focus on illustrating and pin-pointing the problems with our current societal organization; the social and environmental unsustainability of a system leading to the hollow unhappiness of the rich and the starvation of the poor. Yet, this mounting evidence has had little effect in the form of a concerted and coordinated [...]

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Author: Andrew Feenberg Topics: Comments: 0

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I have been thinking about the meeting in Venice and our discussion afterwards but haven’t found the time to work out my thoughts fully. But here anyway are some ideas. Contemporary thinking about civic engagement is very much influenced by the Internet and especially by certain successful projects that have revived the notion of the [...]

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