Around the Web: College Reinvented, Shirky on MOOCs, Newspapers & citizenship and more apocalypse

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Drew Yates at ThinkGene has a delightfully cynical take on the personal genomics industry: I know 23andMe's game, it's the "break the mean with variance" game, and it's the same Silicon Valley game that's been played by internet media companies for the last decade. How to play: a network of…
Or, more precisely, a university designed by libertarians. Over the last number of months, I've featured a fair bit of apocalyptic MOOC Disruptionism in my regular Around the Web posts. Recently, the libertarian think tank, The Cato Institute (Wikipedia) via their Cato Unbound site, has put online…
Regular readers will know that I'm not an intertubez triumphalist. But I read that the Harvard Book Store has bought itself a fancy gizmo to print any book in about four minutes: Battered booksellers, especially independent ones, have so far withstood the punishing shock-and-awe offensive of…
YouTube is quickly emerging as a new tool for strategic communication. Uses include promoting documentaries by posting trailers and news clips (see this post on Jesus Camp), reaching bigger audiences with community-based or advocacy media (see this clip by PR Watch), amplifying the views of…