Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

News and Notes

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The 2015 Media Ecology Association Convention, this year held in Denver, sponsored a pedagogy panel for teaching general semantics (GS) in the basic course. The interactive and well-attended session featured Corey Anton (Grand Valley State University), Mary Lahman (Manchester University), Valerie Peterson (Grand Valley State University), and Lance Strate (Fordham University). The panel focused on teaching core GS concepts, and included a review of the structural differential as well as basic in-class exercises and instructional activities. Attendees took away both a better understanding of GS and also practical strategies for bringing GS into the classroom.

The Sixty-Third Annual Alfred Korzbyski Lecture/Dinner/Symposium, which was held at the Princeton Club in NYC from October 2 to 4, was a great success. On Friday night, the J. Talbot Winchell Award for Exceptional Service to General Semantics was presented to Jacqueline Rudig and George Barenholtz in recognition of their indispensible contributions, accomplishments, and time-binding efforts in service to the field of GS. Professor Sherry Turkle was given the 2015 Samuel I. Hayakawa Book Prize for her book Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other.

After the award ceremonies, Andrew Keen, the author of The Internet is Not the Answer, gave the featured AKML talk describing how the Internet is not the panacea that many claim it to be. …

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