How a crime made the Mona Lisa an icon

It is safe to say that the Mona Lisa, or La Gioconda, is the most famous painting in the world. Endlessly reproduced, endlessly parodied, it has taken on a life outside itself, as a tea towel, a t-shirt, an icon, and a meme.As early as 1919, Marcel Duchamp had made the famous image the subject[…]

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Behind the scenes: making the Hyperthinking MOOC

The Massive Online Open Courses (MOOC) movement is revolutionizing how we learn. I was lucky enough to be involved in a number of MOOCs and to see how thousands of people, from different parts of the world, were organizing themselves in groups to come up with brilliant ideas. The Stanford Venture Lab or Coursera, are[…]

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We are all journalists now

If you follow the intense discussion about the future of journalism that is taking place in the media, you will have heard the fears about lack of trust, unreliable information and drop in standards that many editors worry about. There is a recent piece about a glimpse of journalism’s future by BBC’s Paul Reynolds which[…]

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Internet beats print media as source of news

The web continues its progress as becoming the main source of news gradually replacing alternatives for the ultimate place where information is found.  According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center for People and the Press the percentage of people getting their news online jumped from 24 percent a year ago to 40[…]

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