This podcast features reflections on educative experiences which inspire conversations and ideas relating to being “censored for relevance.” Educators should be reading and having conversations about social networking websites like MySpace, yet some school districts ban all access to MySpace as well as any website (including this blog) which even mentions the word. When authoritarian organizations and regimes censor relevant voices speaking out about issues that matter, whether in school districts or nations like China, we should be concerned as educators and citizens.

Program Length: 11 min, 29 sec
File size: 2.8 MB

Podcast 16 April 2006(Click here to listen to this podcast)

Show notes for this podcast include:

  1. The original “Censored for Relevance” blog post with comments
  2. “Censored for Relevance” blog post on TechLearning with comments
  3. My website on MySpace: “Opening the Door”
  4. “The Tank Man” – A PBS special and website
  5. WikiPedia entry with photos about The Tank Man
  6. “Almost a Revolution: The Story of a Chinese Student’s Journey from Boyhood to Leadership in Tiananmen” by Shen Tong
  7. “Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know” by E.D. Hirsch
  8. “The Meanings of Global Citizenship” from UBC Podcasts
  9. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  10. Proxy paths for circumventing Internet filters and blocks
  11. “The Great Firewall of China: Internet Companies Censor Material at Chinese Government’s Request” by DemocracyNow.org
  12. PBS roundtable on “The Struggle to Control Information” in China
  13. The Global Voices Internet and Blogging Project
  14. Free Hao Wu (Imprisoned Chinese blogger)
  15. Miguel Guhlin’s thoughts on these issues in his post, “Powerful Beyond Measure”

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