The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

by Yule Heibel on May 23, 2010

  • Fine example of how LACMA leverages its web presence and uses it to connect to audiences.
    The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has a reputation for being digital-savvy. Earlier this year, it was one of the first museums to bring exhibition catalogues online, beginning with out-of-print titles and moving on to include current material. Its blog, Unframed, is considered one the best museum blogs around; and now, in a move sparked by listening to what its audience wanted (“more images”), LACMA has launched a new all-collection landing page with an interesting “remix” option.

    tags: lacma, los_angeles, art, art_museum

  • File under “inspiration”:
    Over the past two years, the Brazilian artist has created a series of photographs of the facades of contemporary architectural gems from a skewed point of view. Looking straight up the surface of modern skyscrapers, [Bruno] Cals composes pictures that look more like surrealist landscapes than depictions of buildings.

    tags: architecture, photography, skyscrapers, flavorwire

  • Interesting article by Steven B Johnson on conceptions of privacy and how they have evolved through internet communication.
    What we do online is something quite different: we curate our private lives for public exposure. We don’t serve up a raw feed of our existence. We edit out certain bits, and highlight others. We fiddle with the privacy controls at Facebook. We define the circles of exposure.

    There used to be a large crevasse separating the intimate space of private life and what’s exposed by the klieg lights of fame. But in the Facebook age, that crevasse has broadened out into a valley between the realms of privacy and celebrity, and we are starting to camp out there and get the lay of the land. What happens in the valley should not be mistaken for fame. When you sift through the birthday party pictures of a friend of a friend, you are not mistaking her for Lady Gaga. That isn’t her 15 minutes of fame. That is your private life colliding that of a person you could imagine being friends or colleagues with, but aren’t. Call it the valley of intimate strangers.

    The fascinating and troublesome thing about the valley is that the rules of engagement there are not clearly defined, and it’s likely that they will stay undefined. Some of us talk about our relationships online; some allude to them indirectly; some keep them behind a cone of silence. Jarvis was so eager to blog about his cancer diagnosis that he felt almost restricted when he had to wait for his son to return from camp so he didn’t find out via a tweet that his dad was sick. But at the same time, Jarvis draws the line at talking about his personal finances. (“l’ll blog about my penis,” he says, “but somehow it makes me uncomfortable talking about how much money I make — I’m still too American, I guess.”)
    … In the old days, life was set by default to be private unless you happened to be famous. Now, we have to choose whether we want to venture into the valley of intimate strangers, and how exactly we want to live there. That requires a k

    tags: steven_b_johnson, privacy, facebook

  • This is the structure/ set-up that Andres Duany would like to see used for making (urban) land use decisions. It’s certainly very different (and much better) than the City of Victoria’s new set-up (using Citizen Advisory Councils [or Panels] – which are much more limited, meet endlessly over months, aren’t remunerated for their time, and are hand-picked by the mayor, and don’t report out with minutes of their meetings!).
    What Is a Citizens Jury?
    In a Citizens Jury project, a randomly selected and demographically representative panel of citizens meets for four or five days to carefully examine an issue of public significance. The jury of citizens, usually consisting of 18–24 individuals, serves as a microcosm of the public. Jurors are paid a stipend for their time. They hear from a variety of expert witnesses and are able to deliberate together on the issue. On the final day of their moderated hearings, the members of the Citizens Jury present their recommendations to decision-makers and the public. Citizens Jury projects can be enhanced through extensive communication with the public, including a dynamic web presence and significant media contacts.

    tags: citizen_juries, cities, democracy, participation, jefferson_center

  • An essay written by Adam Bahlke, posted to my WetPaint wiki, Victoria City Style Council. Adam was 14 when he wrote this.
    This essay was written in the summer of 2005. How I came to write an essay on the history of the Upper Harbour was partly because of all the buzz generated around the then recently proposed Dockside Green project, and also because my interest in the Upper Harbour’s history had been sparked after several walks along Harbour Road and the Railyards development. Happily, this essay also managed to fulfill a school requirement, so I therefore felt justified to spend several afternoons going through old books and records at the Maritime Museum and looking through the online Royal BC Museum archives. However, since this essay is nearing a year old, whenever the words “current” and so forth are used, it has to be remembered that the events are a) no longer “current” and b) the companies/people involved might no longer exist in Victoria, BC.

    tags: adam_bahlke, victoria, history, harbors, economic_development

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