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We are collectively being tipped into a centenary marking of the First World War where all ‘foreigners’ speak english with an accent; we have German, Russian, French … we have Serbian and Austro-Hungarian ‘english’. We even have Americans voiced by English actors speaking … english with an American accent.
I remember my son asking if everything was ‘black and white’ in the olden days; that until recently people grew up in a black and white world. Will a young generation watching TV on the centenary of the First World War imagine that language difference is simply a matter of accent?
It’s all compromise and accommodation
It’s very much the BBC perspective: which as the ONLY public service broadcaster the world has tries so hard to represent everyone. I have my say here – Jonathan Vernon on Hastings 1918
The World or Globe or Earth or … whatever ‘Broadcasting Company’?
For all or any failings the effort, transparently at least, to strive for ‘truth’ based on evidence of what is going on.
The Open University has been, was and should take the lead. I wonder, with concern that the legacy of Michael Bean has been to trim back too hard and so diminish us to a voice from the corner of the empire.
I hope the next Vice Chancellor will be a global figure. Bill Clinton comes to mind.
‘Read in a subject until you can hear the people speak’.
E H Carr.
It has taken a forty years but I feel I have the voice of the soldier of the First World War – and the officer, and the girlfriends and mothers at home.
This arrived from Amazon this morning – about 24 hours and 35 seconds slower than a Kindle version had it been available. How did I get here on a Masters course in Open and Distance Learning?
The formation of consciousness interests me.
I indulge my mind. I let it take me on a journey of its choosing. I will never limit myself to the course as designed and resourced for some imagination, some ‘persona’ of whom I may or may not be the ‘type’.
Hegel, and this book in particular, came up recently – a reference.
I have, potentially, more than the book but the mind of the world’s leading Hegel scholar to tap into when I get stuck (as I will). Long retired from Hegel, his books in a library in Poland, my 85 year old father in law did nonetheless quote Hegel over coffee on Wednesday as I drove onwards to the far less inspiring World of Learming at Birmingham’s NEC.
That no man is a valley as he is unable to correctly percieve the nature of a valley.
The thought that dry flowers are no longer flowers.
The similarity between following the news and being religious.
And something in relation to our conception of History.
See, the mind already boggles, which is what intrigues me, this process of going from clueless to comprehending. This is how – to my mind, learning and the desire to learn is triggered – you set the synapses trembling.
The subjective mind
The objective mind
The absolute mind
Not just ‘who are we?’ But ‘how we are so?’
Whether this will help me design interactive health and safety e-learning for the operatives of a nuclear power plant is another matter.
Late in the day for me but Hegel did wonders for PPE students in the past by teaching them how to think and express complex ideas accurately and succinctly – which is perhaps precisely what is required as a nuclear power station goes up in smoke and you wonder what you are supposed to do.