OUR LAST DISCUSSION
First things first: our final class will be held on the afternoon of 14 December. If you have not already handed in your Final Self-Evaluation, then you must hand it in on Tuesday. On that day, we will have one final discussion.
The topic of that discussion will be the Wikileaks website and the scandal surrounding it. This topic was submitted by two students, YoungDae Won and Minjae Ma. Here is what they wrote (along with the websites they suggested students review before the discussion):
How difficult [it is for] people [to] follow through [on] what they believe
I read this article a few months ago. Julian Assange is an Australian journalist, publisher and internet activist. He is best known as the spokesperson and editor-in-chief for WikiLeaks, a whistleblower website. Throughout his website WikiLeaks, he released many classified documents against America. I think it is really hard for people to follow through what they believe. I just want to talk about this, because we sometimes will face this moment whether it’s big or not.
Please note the link at the beginning of her comment, which is the article she recommends.
Regarding WikiLeaks, how much of the freedom of speech and of the press be available?
Recently, the approach in information has been regarded as ‘a far simple’ matter than that of the past. This year, three unavailable documents were made open to the public via the WikiLeaks site, and controversies are rising under the subject whether such ‘whistleblowing’ should be allowed in the IT society concerning the boundaries of ‘freedom of speech and of the press’.
To their comments, I will note a very interesting article by Glenn Greenwald that asks the question why so many American politicians (both left-wing and right-wing alike) hate Wikileaks so much… but also why the American media also hates it. I ask that you check out both the Korea Herald article Minjae recommends, the Wikipedia page that YoungDae recommends, and the Greenwald article I’ve linked up above.
Be ready to discuss Wikileaks from any number of points of view. We will split into two groups, like a normal group discussion, but the groups will have no leaders. You are not required to submit a post-discussion writeup for this discussion.
Here is where you can provide feedback for our final student-led discussions. I am hoping to provide feedback to all students on Tuesday, so please make an effort to fill out this poll as soon as possible.
VOTE WHILE YOU STILL CAN
Not everyone has voted in terms of which plan is best for getting 100 million won in 3 hours. Please vote in this poll while you still can.
(Note that voting counts as a piece of homework. I will be closing the poll to responses in the next few days, so hurry it up!)
By the way, since I have gotten a number of inquiries: it seems I forgot to tell the class about the Midterm Self-Evaluation, so we will drop that from our grading regimen and completion of the Final Self-Evaluation will count for both. You may hand this in anytime before the end of our last class on Tuesday, 14 December.
If there is any homework up to or including the discussion write-up for “The Myth of the Teen Brain” which I have no t returned to you, please reprint it and submit it to my mailbox in IH341 before Tuesday. If I have a duplicate, it’s no problem, but if I have misplaced your work, the reprinted version will be graded during the exam period.
Your work will be available for pickup at the office (IH341) after the end of the exam and grading period.
There is no writeup for the exercise we did in class on 7th December (but you should vote in the poll above); likewise, there will be no write-up required for our discussion of 14th December.