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Objects in Mirror: November 1, 2007 Archive

Why am I spending so much, when I could attend the In the Loop taping for free?

Posted at 7:42 AM on November 1, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

First of the month and a Thursday to boot, which gives me two reasons to check the upcoming events calendar. Front and center is tonight's live In the Loop taping, which features the theme, "Why am I spending so much?" The contemplative event description leads me to believe this might be interesting:

"We’re all exposed to big doses of pro-spending messages, but where does free will enter into the transaction? Is shopping a pal or a panacea? And what happens in tough economic times?"

The event itself is free, interesting and entertaining, which means you could take a date (on the cheap) for a revealing discussion starter.

Price: Free but RSVP required. Go to www.mpr.org/rsvp4 [And uh, hurry. -JAS]
Dates and Times: Thursday, November 1; 7 p.m.
Venue: UBS Forum at Minnesota Public Radio
More event details

Even if you don't attend, you can interact with the show or peruse the archives.

Can online comments be civil? Do comments reflect on the community or on the individual?

Posted at 8:32 AM on November 1, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

Yesterday I wrote about the Fever for the fervor of online comments and decided to kick off a discussion on our groups at Gather.com, Can online comments be civil? Do comments reflect on the community or on the individual?

One of the first replies came from David K., who opened with this perspective,

"I believe that the tone and attitudes people show in their comments are reflections of who they are. If they are crass and uncivil, their comments will be crass and uncivil."

I wonder if the commenters cited in Post's piece would see themselves that way?

Join MPR's discussion or submit a commentary.

Help MPR cover the news: Mortgage woes and the housing slump

Posted at 9:15 AM on November 1, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

Minnesota Public Radio's Public Insight Journalism is looking for your experience:

What's your experience with the latest wave of mortgage woes?

When it comes to the housing slump, the focus has been on subprime loans made to lower-income borrowers. But there are other mortgages offered to those with better credit ratings, and higher incomes. How is this affecting you?

With the ebb and flow of the economy, how many of us did bite off more mortgage than we can now chew? Actually, this is pretty interesting. Some might say that lower-income people are always the canaries in our economic coal mine, but MPR is interested in the ongoing effects. Share your experience and join the Public Insight Network, you'll hear about the stories you inform.

Do you want to dig into more matters of money? Check out Marketplace economics correspondent Chris Farrell's blog My Two Cents.

How hot is Pipedreams? Piping hot! Check out the pipe organ festival.

Posted at 11:51 AM on November 1, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

Turns out there is full week of free concerts, masterclasses and laid-back, conversational workshops all about the Pipe Organ. I can almost hear the sizzle of Piping Hot!

Open your calendar and compare to this quickest ever schedule of the festival activities:
Saturday, November 3 Master class: 9:30 a.m. to noon
Sunday, November 4, Concert: 7 p.m.
Monday, November 5, Master class: 7-9:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 6, Concert: 8:15 p.m.
Friday, November 9, Concert: 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 10, Master class: 9:30 a.m. to noon
Saturday, November 10, Master class: 1:30-4 p.m.
Sunday, November 11, Concert: 4 p.m.

The magic words are, "All events are free and open to the public." but get FULL details at the festival site because I didn't even outline where the events will happen, who the featured performers are, or even describe the pipe organs that surely must be magnificent.

Of course Pipedreams host Michael Barone is in the thick of things. I'm looking for recaps & reviews of the festival on MPR's Minnesota Music group. If you're attending any of the sessions and want to write it up or share photos let me know about it!

MN Rep. Ellison wants to ban photo ID as voting requirement, the Internet doesn't respond

Posted at 1:20 PM on November 1, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

Somebody pinch me, or at least point me to an online commentary or discussion about Rep. Keith Ellison introducing legislation to ban photo IDs as a voting requirement.

As of 1:30 p.m. CT Thursday, November 1, 2007, there's nothing for or against Ellison's stance on MPR's discussion group Minnesota Politics, no reaction to it on Polinaut's daily digest, and not a single commentary sent. (Yet? Submit your commentary.)

Based on previous online activity about Ellison or his religion, I'm surprised it has gone without comment. Let me know what you find on the Internet, and more importantly, let me know what you think.

Online commentary about online comments

Posted at 3:16 PM on November 1, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

Outside our discussion about online discussions on Gather.com, MPR received a commentary stating one possible solution to online civility issues is to require real names. Grace Kelly (I'm sure she's been hassled about that) of Saint Paul, Minn. writes:

"People speak differently when held personally accountable."

In a nice parallel twist, this quote jumps out of the live online discussion,

"I use my own name because you should be responsible for your actions."- Gary Fischbach

Alright. But I have to wonder how the perception of actions and accountability itself is changing. When I can see NSFW* party pictures of job seekers or colleagues on the Internet, does it really matter how people are perceived? Are they any more or less accountable if their legal name/face is on it or not? Read and comment on the online discussion, which is still pretty civil and interesting if you ask me.

*Really? Okay. Not Safe For Work.

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