Journalism agenda: Fake News drama continues.. Google’s financial initiative on Digital News…

Digital News Initiative: second funding brings €24M to 124 projects across Europe The Official Google Blog by Ludovic BlecherHeadDNI Innovation Fund   We are thrilled to announce the second round of funding of the Digital News Initiative Innovation Fund, Google’s €150m commitment to spark new thinking and give European news organisations of all sizes the space … Read more

Anthropology roundup: ” On Dylan and the Nobel Prize”

Song as Boundary Work: On Dylan and the Nobel Prize American Anthropological Association This post was submitted by Robert Skoro.A musician-turned-anthropologist, Robert works in private industry as a strategist and researcher.  Bob Dylan has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, a remarkable gesture to all, whether obvious or controversial. His songs provoked and catalyzed cultural … Read more

Journalism agenda: A journalist, Svetlana Alexievich wins Nobel… Twitter and Reddit moves more into journalistic production…

Nobel Prize in literature goes to journalist from Belarus Svetlana Alexievich, a Belarussian journalist and dissident writer, won the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday (8 October) “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time”, the Swedish Academy announced.   How the Crowd and Automation Are Shaping Journalism Social Media Today by … Read more

When it rains, Istanbul flooded… Istanbul today:

    VIDEO: Heavy rain fills Istanbul’s central Taksim tunnel, floods Üsküdar Heavy rain in Istanbul affected sites on the European and Anatolian sides of Istanbul, filling a newly built tunnel in Taksim and flooding Üsküdar district. Bar Refaeli Cancels Istanbul Gig Due to anti-Israel Pressure Haaretz The organizer of an Istanbul fashion show that was … Read more

Literati agenda: “Stanford rector on learning and technology… “Teaching The Humanities Online

—– Report, May 1, 2015 Academic Council considers role of technology in teaching and learning The role of technology in teaching and learning was the focus of President John Hennessy’s annual address to the Academic Council on Thursday. Also announced was the upcoming 2015-16 Year of Learning, which will spur discussion about teaching, learning … Read more

Orhan Pamuk raises his harshest critique against AKP while high schools students arrested for insulting Erdoğan, Advocates Protest Homeland Security Reforms…

Pamuk: ‘Authoritarian and Islamist government’ replaced soldiers in Turkey Hurriyet Daily News The AKP is ‘destroying the balance of powers’ and ‘authoritarian soldiers were (pushed) out, (an) authoritarian and Islamist government took their place,’ Nobel laureate Pamuk says Turkey’s premier author anxiously observes his changing home The Times of Israel Turkish Nobel laureate author Orhan Pamuk … Read more

Literati roundup: R.I.P. Ulrich Beck…. “Smithsonian galleries release massive Asian art collection online for non-commercial use…

Ulrich Beck – an appreciation open Democracy News Analysis – by Robin Wilson   openSecurity editor Robin Wilson reflects on the work of German intellectual – and frequent openDemocracy contributor – Ulrich Beck, who sadly passed away on 1 January. Ulrich Beck (1944-2015). Wikimedia commons. Public domain. Huge trove of Smithsonian art digitized; over 40,000 works by Jason … Read more

New democratic networks emerge [in French, Erkan quoted too] as “Turkish novelists Orhan Pamuk and Elif Shafak accused of being Western stooges by pro-government press…

Turquie : les nouveaux réseaux démocratiques1   Un an et demi après la contestation de Gezi, où en est la démocratie en Turquie ? Et pour quelles nouvelles formes de mobilisations ? Journalisme citoyen, tweets et sites, mais aussi squatt-maison de quartier, face à un État de plus en plus autoritaire. Enquête multimédia interactive d’Eric … Read more

2014 Nobel Prize in Literature goes to Patrick Modiano- I haven’t read any of his novels, such a shame!

I am checking out what I can read in English…. I found 3 of his novels so far. I will start with “Honeymoon” His Goodreads page here. Patrick Modiano | 2014 Nobel prize in Literature French historical author Patrick Modiano[1] has won the 2014 Nobel Prize for literature. He is the 11th Nobel literature prize winner … Read more

R.I.P. Doris Lessing… A Literati roundup…

Nobel Prize-winning British author Doris Lessing dies aged 94 British author Doris Lessing, whose powerful feminist and anti-colonial writing won her the Nobel Literature Prize, died at the age of 94 ********************* Turkish epitaph: Christopher de Bellaigue on Orhan Pamuk Christopher de Bellaigue is struck by the vulgar, Stepford Wives vision that has replaced the … Read more

A tribute to Albert Camus anniversary

You can have a look at the anniversary roundup curated by Erkan here.

A literati roundup: Japan’s Murakami favourite for Nobel prize…

Japan’s Murakami favourite for Nobel prize Japanese literary superstar Haruki Murakami is favourite for this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature, betting odds showed Medical terminology named after Nazis Surprisingly, there are a good half-dozen medical eponyms that come from Nazi doctors who performed experiments on unwilling human subjects or used bodies of executed prisoners in … Read more