Interactive agit-prop (was: Global personal digital library forevery human)
Tue, 30 Oct 2001 16:12:47 -0500
Agit-prop III sounds like a Cybiko
Damien Morton, Technical Director, Dennis Interactive
The glass is neither half-full nor half-empty. Its too big.
From: Gordon Mohr [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2001 4:04 PM
Subject: Re: Interactive agit-prop (was: Global personal digital library
Close readers of FoRK will recognize this as a variant of my
suggestion in messages:
Maybe the proper device can be cobbled together with off-the-shelf
PDA Agitprop Mark I: (no design changes except new software)
Start with a Game Boy Advance, retail $89, 32-bit ARM=20
processor, 240x160 screen, 32k colors. Airdrop units,
custom educational/propaganda cartridges, and AA batteries=20
PDA Agitprop Mark II: (theater hardening)
Give it a crank power-source, replace the cartridge
mechanism with wireless receiver and expanded internal
memory for storing multiple independent software packages.
Allow new software to be received via:
- passive broadcast-listening (so devices themselves
cannot be found by their chattering, when necessary)
- touching two units together (to enhance person-to-person
sharing networks, especially between women under their
PDA Agitprop Mark III: (P2P wireless)
Add the ability to communicate software packages and
IMs between nearby units; ad-hoc discover longer routes.
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From: "Russell Turpin" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2001 11:53 AM
Subject: Interactive agit-prop (was: Global personal digital library for
> So here's a stupid idea. In Afghanistan, as in past wars, the
> US drops propaganda pamphlets to encourage defection, etc.
> I suspect most of these go unread, getting used as fuel or
> toilet paper.
> Here's how to get them read and understood: make them
> interactive. Imagine a gizmo about the size of a CD that
> has a cheap display, a battery, and a built-in set of
> programs. The first is Christina Aguilera teaching civics
> and democracy. At the end of each section, the reader
> gets quizzed. Answer right, and Christina takes off a
> piece of her clothing. Use thousands of interactive
> scenarios and models, so that the troops can't just pass
> around a cheat sheet. I even have the sign-off logo:
> A babe in the bush is worth seventy in paradise.
> OK, so it's a really stupid idea. I'll hit the "send"
> button anyway ..
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