History of White People, Introduction and Chapter One

Based on what you have read so far, what are your expectations for this book
Painter describes people reaching fashioning a narrative about their own origins based on the fragments of evidence and myth from distant places (eg Marco Polo placing Moses’ Mt. Ararat in Armenia.) Why do these origin stories matter? Other thoughts about the chapter? # Link in context

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My professional background is in public information, magazine journalism, blogging and journalism education. My current research is founded on the premise that democracy requires the broad participation of a computationally fluent citizenry. Civic media industries must reflect the communities they serve at the level of ownership, research and development, news gathering, presentation and community engagement. This adds greater urgency to the already critical need to broaden participation in computing. To that end, I have collaborated on curricular models for infusing computing into journalism education at both the scholastic and collegiate levels, and for promoting civic engagement in computer science education. My current interest is in exploring the potential of stochastic networks and as enhancement to social computing tools for broadening civic participation.
While most of this blog is devoted to my research in computational journalism and trends in journalism education, I occasionally do some storytelling of my own. This blog picks up where my other blogs, Professor Kim’s News Notes (http://professorkim.blogspot.com) and The Nancybelle Project (http://kimpearson.net/nancybelle.html) left off.


  1. Test reply – I am excited and ready for this event. The book unfolds an awesome unfolding of whiteness and how the concept was adopted and fueled to create separation…


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