Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Twitter and lexical innovation

In recent years I have been interested in how media and learning are related. Language has a lot to do with this; not just particular world languages, but all lexical forms through which we express our ideas.

Today I came across an interesting BBC article about language studies on Twitter:

"The question of how language changes and evolves has occupied linguistic anthropologists for several decades. What determines whether an innovation will propagate throughout a culture, remain just a local variant, or be stillborn? Such questions decide the grain and texture of all our languages – why we might tweet “I’m bored af” rather than “I’m bored, forsooth.”

Nice! Full article and links here.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Resources and ideas

One is likely to be implementing someone else's ideas until the day when one is able to have free reign over resources; original ideas can be implemented from that day onward.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

On voice and hearing

We all have some kind of voice. Even for those of us who cannot speak, we have ways of expressing ourselves. A certain contradiction arises when we want to achieve a state of being where everyone can exercise their voice, because certain voices need to reign louder than others. This subdues the voice of those who are deemed to be less loud. However, the contradiction can be elevated by spaces. Certain voices can have certain spaces, as long as they are heard and are translated through the channels that are created for a particular state of being. Without hearing and translation, voice can lose its purpose.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Two ideas about mobile money

At work, my colleagues and I have recently been trying to figure out how to use mobile money transfers for the purpose of sending productive messages to citizens. Two ideas came to mind when thinking of MMTs:

1. Provide customers with a statement of account when they demand it. The statement, similar to a bank statement, would clearly show all transactions, including money out and money in.

2. Provide customers with the ability to create a savings account, where money left in a certain "box" would recieve interest if left alone over a given period of time.

Through both these services - providing statements and allowing for savings - many more innovative message techniques could be devised.