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We have witnessed a rapid increase in the use of Web-based 'collaborationware' in recent years. These Web 2.0 applications, particularly wikis, blogs and podcasts, have been increasingly adopted by many online health-related professional and educational services. Because of their ease of use and rapidity of deployment, they offer the opportunity for powerful information sharing and ease of collaboration. Wikis are Web sites that can be edited by anyone who has access to them. The word 'blog' is a contraction of 'Web Log' - an online Web journal that can offer a resource rich multimedia environment. Podcasts are repositories of audio and video materials that can be "pushed" to subscribers, even without user intervention. These audio and video files can be downloaded to portable media players that can be taken anywhere, providing the potential for "anytime, anywhere" learning experiences (mobile learning). Wikis, blogs and podcasts are all relatively easy to use, which partly accounts for their proliferation. The fact that there are many free and Open Source versions of these tools may also be responsible for their explosive growth. Thus it would be relatively easy to implement any or all within a Health Professions' Educational Environment. Paradoxically, some of their disadvantages also relate to their openness and ease of use. With virtually anybody able to alter, edit or otherwise contribute to the collaborative Web pages, it can be problematic to gauge the reliability and accuracy of such resources. While arguably, the very process of collaboration leads to a Darwinian type 'survival of the fittest' content within a Web page, the veracity of these resources can be assured through careful monitoring, moderation, and operation of the collaborationware in a closed and secure digital environment. Empirical research is still needed to build our pedagogic evidence base about the different aspects of these tools in the context of medical/health education. The backmatter of the book contains a few articles concerning the merits of open access publishing.
The story begins with the video, "A Wormhole Named Desire: A Three Part Love Story." Using original illustrations, prose and poetry, the journey of attaining freedom from Post Traumatic Stress is told. It is posted on YouTube. "A Wormhole Named Desire - Blog 2014: Journey from Survival of Trauma to Freedom of Love" expands upon the video. The presentation of a cogent vision of healing is unique, blending the therapist's personal experience with cultural icons. Psychotherapy concepts are demystified. The reader is guided through a series of reflective questions to apply the understanding to their own life. --------------------------------------------------------- From the book: Cultural traditions and values help a survivor build trust. Core beliefs filter experience, screen (reject) the unmanageable, and allow for the reinforcement of strength. As strength increases, the person manages a wider range of experiences (in terms of variety, intensity, duration and frequency). Positive experiences provide affirmation. A survivor who is on a path of healing increasingly sees characteristics that are common among trustworthy people. Perseverance is essential, because: -A con artist fools their victim, -An extreme narcissist manipulates through giving, and -A muddled person confuses self and others. Emotionally, self is confused with other. In an effort to guard against replication of past, Humpty becomes fiercely resolved to reject false notions of 'The Shroud'. A survivor is sensitive to injustice as a burn victim cannot tolerate exposure to heat. -What are your passions? -Are any of your passions in opposition to something? The essence of survival is that a person derives pleasure and hope from good things and at the same time is especially sensitive to pain. The survivor has an early warning system that picks up pain signals before others (who are less vulnerable). It is like a person whose hand was seriously burned. While healing, when the hand is near warmth it hurts. Someone else will just feel warmth. As a metaphor for a traumatized child, Humpty Dumpty could be a boy or a girl. A resilient Humpty experiences the light and warmth of sunny times and recognizes pain of horror in the shadows. -When two well-aligned persons are temporarily out-of-sync, what adjustments have you seen work to take care of self and other? --------------------------------------------------------- The blog on his Google+ page began as a means to 'unpack' the video. It followed the structure of the video, while the book has reorganized it into a story. The blog continues as a way to connect themes of therapy with current events and popular culture. A graphic novel for young adults who 'age out' of foster care is in the works. Any net proceeds from the sale of this book will go towards the production of the graphic novel. The plan is to have it available free to download and at cost in hard copy.
Girls' Feminist Blogging in a Postfeminist Age explores the practices of U.S.-based teenage girls who actively maintain feminist blogs and participate in the feminist blogosphere as readers, writers, and commenters on platforms including Blogspot, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. Drawing on interviews with bloggers between the ages of fifteen and twenty-one, as well as discursive textual analyses of feminist blogs and social networking postings authored by teenage girls, Keller addresses how these girls use blogging as a practice to articulate contemporary feminisms and craft their own identities as feminists and activists. In this sense, feminist girl bloggers defy hegemonic postfeminist and neoliberal girlhood subjectivities, a finding that Keller uses to complicate both academic and popular assertions that suggest teenage girls are uninterested in feminism.Instead, Keller maintains that these young bloggers employ digital media production to educate their peers about feminism, connect with like-minded activists, write feminist history, and make feminism visible within popular culture, practices that build upon and continue a lengthy tradition of American feminism into the twenty-first century.Girls' Feminist Bloggers in a Postfeminist Age challenges readers to not only reconsider teenage girls' online practices as politically and culturally significant, but to better understand their crucial role in a thriving contemporary feminism.
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