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  • Popplestone, Ann
    ... From: The Chronicle [mailto:daily@chronicle.com] Sent: Wednesday, May 07, 2003 5:00 AM To: Chronicle Daily Report Subject: 5/7/2003 Daily Report from The
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      From: The Chronicle [mailto:daily@...]
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      Subject: 5/7/2003 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education

      ACADEME TODAY: The Chronicle of Higher Education's
      Daily Report for subscribers

      Good day!

      Here are news bulletins from The Chronicle of Higher Education for
      Wednesday, May 7.

      * [snip]

      PUTTING DOWN ROOTS: While creating a community garden, Jane
      Nadel-Klein, a professor of anthropology at Trinity College, in
      Hartford, Conn., and her students learn how to nurture plants --
      and relationships.
      --> SEE http://chronicle.com/weekly/v49/i35/35b00501.htm



      A glance at the spring issue of "Dissent":
      Race and the Internet

      Will the Internet change our perceptions of race? Jerry Kang, a
      professor of law at the University of California at Los Angeles,
      says that depends on how we construct our online environments.

      Mr. Kang writes that, at this stage, most Internet communication
      takes place through text, in which participants' races may
      remain invisible. "This prompts giddy speculations about Martin
      Luther King Jr.'s dream Version 2.0 -- to be judged by the
      content of one's text-characters, not the color of one's skin,"
      says Mr. Kang.

      But ultimately he sees only limited use for Internet
      environments in which all mention of an author's race is
      excluded. While acknowledging that "zoning most marketplaces for
      'abolition'" could be useful, he suggests that the Internet's
      real promise may not be in eliminating racial perceptions, but
      in changing and enriching them. "Virtual communities are
      centered around common interests, experiences, and fates," he
      writes. A focus on common goals may allow people to relate to
      those of other races in ways that change their perceptions of
      race. This is especially likely, he says, if information about
      people's race is not revealed until they have already
      established a relationship.

      Constructing a positive environment for racial interaction on
      the Internet will become even more challenging as online
      environments come to rely heavily on graphics as well as text.
      Mr. Kang hopes that those who build these new online
      environments will consider their potential to improve or harm
      race relations. "If we are coding a new 'cyburban' reality," he
      writes, "let us at least make new mistakes."

      The article is not online. Information about the journal is
      available at http://www.dissentmagazine.org/

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