The White Geek’s burden

June 14, 2013 at 1:55 am 1 comment

I thought that Julian Assange’s point in this piece in the NYTimes were fascinating, but I was particularly struck by his description of “the white geek’s burden.”  My colleague, Beki Grinter, has pointed to a similar rhetoric going on with MOOCs — that the United States is offering MOOCs for “the developing world” such as “Africa.” As she points out in her blog post, even that phrasing ignores the complexity of languages and cultures in the enormous continent of “Africa.”  Are MOOCs another example of the US gadget consumerism that Assange critiques in his essay?

In the book the authors happily take up the white geek’s burden. A liberal sprinkling of convenient, hypothetical dark-skinned worthies appear: Congolese fisherwomen, graphic designers in Botswana, anticorruption activists in San Salvador and illiterate Masai cattle herders in the Serengeti are all obediently summoned to demonstrate the progressive properties of Google phones jacked into the informational supply chain of the Western empire.

via The Banality of ‘Don’t Be Evil’ by Julian Assange –

Entry filed under: Uncategorized. Tags: , .

Coding Is Coming To Every Industry You Can Think Of, Time To Start Learning It Now Could CS departments be legally forced to change their practices?

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Joy  |  June 14, 2013 at 4:06 am

    Considering the pros and cons of sharing my views on this notion of the white geek’s burden….


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed

Recent Posts

June 2013
« May   Jul »


Blog Stats

  • 1,487,311 hits

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 5,232 other followers

CS Teaching Tips

%d bloggers like this: