New Media and the News15 Mar


Media and the News

There is no doubt that new media is causing real problems for older media delivery methods…especially newspaper. With many embracing the 24 hour news cycle and accessing most news online, few are finding it necessary to have a physical copy of “yesterday’s” news.

Given the financial woes of the old media industry, media tycoon Rupert Murdoch announced recently that he will start charging viewers for the content on all of his media publications in an effort to help a dwindling revenue stream.

While many believe that old media is on it’s way out, others believe that old media can still survive if it seriously commits to revamping it’s business practices as well as delivery methods. While the verdict isn’t out, there are a large number of people that support the revamping of old media for the 21st century. Many, though, believe that old media should finally rest in peace.

GCG explored if old media is on its way out over the next five years, is Murdoch right to start charging for content.

Do you feel that it was the right “move” for Murdoch to start charging for content?

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Vocational Education in Developing Countries02 Mar


Vocational Education in Developing Countries

On a previous GCG conversation, GCG discussed the implementation and implications of the OLPC program (low cost computers) in developing countries. In the information technology age, it is natural to view the topic of “education” from a tech-savvy vantage point.

Does a sophisticated medium like a computer help address the immediate issues that many developing worlds face (food shortage, clean water, and rustic infrastructure)? Is it possible that vocational education (apprenticeship) complimented by modern day methodologies and resources is a more effective way to raise developing nations from extreme poverty?

“Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime.”

One innovative example of vocational educational in third world countries resides in aquaculture development. Aquaculture is an initiative designed to bring protein rich Tilapia to economically weak and rural parts of Africa. NGOs will donate the necessary resources, and spend several weeks training “farmers” in those methods needed to sustain the facility. 0Ideally, the fish provide the community with both a sustainable food source, as well as an economic currency with which to barter.

GCG guiding questions included, does technology address the most serious issues facing the most impoverished countries and is vocational education a more effective substitute; does vocational education demand too much up-front capital (volunteer’s onsite presence and time); and can we identify other educational vehicles besides technology and vocational education?

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