Archive for November, 2006

My Project – Cafeteria Benefits for Childless Workers

Posted in cyberlaw, Cyberlaw Project on November 29th, 2006

My project is beginning to take shape. I am sending out a plea to various leaders in the childfree community and asking them to contribute. Although I still have a ways to go, the prototype for the website is here. The plan is to make the website a collection of information and opinions on cafeteria plans – including sample letters to employers and letters to the editor, arguments on both sides (and responses), the podcast series posted below, and hopefully a discussion via its companion blog.

The blog, Childfree Issues, will hopefully have a mandate to carry on after it serves as the launching place and forum for this one. The idea is to collect discussion on advocacy issues in a single area. While there are great social organizations such as No Kidding already out there, and much discussion on these issues on various childfree discussion board, hopefully this can create a centralized launching pad for more advocacy. In this vein, I have asked various leaders of No Kidding to participate – including those in Canada who might add an international perspective to what is now a domestic project. Hopefully we will be able to craft this separately, so as not to create a conflict of interest with the group’s purely social mandate.

I have also sought, and received assistance from the creators of what I see as the best childfree-related internet projects. This includes Adult Spaces – a podcast that addresses all sorts of childfree issues, UnScripted – the Childfree Life, a high-quality zine with articles about all sorts of topics of interest to the childfree, Purple Women – a team blog with contributions from a range of childfree women and their friends, and the Childless By Choice Project – a massive research project leading to a documentary and a book. I lost a week due to a death in the family, and was forced to tighten up – I had originally planned to ‘play’ with different media and create a compilation of different media for the final project. The fact that collaboration is encouraged makes this much easier, and more fun.

Podcast Again

Posted in cyberlaw, Cyberlaw Project, podcast on November 8th, 2006

I should also add a link to the class podcast blog:

http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/cyberonepodcast/

Which includes the podcasts of the student participants, including the extension school students. It seems a lot of people have chosen issues within cyberlife to advocate – which I suppose makes sense – the cyber medium of presentation will be especially apt. However, I am having trouble getting invested in these issues as a listener. I suppose I just find real-world issues more compelling. Is this evidence of a problem we discussed earlier – the inability to perceive it as real?

Maybe so, but the fact that I have been through these discussions and thought about these issues may indicate that I have considered them, then made up my mind about where my values lie.

Podcasting – Take Two.

Posted in cyberlaw, Cyberlaw Project, podcast on November 7th, 2006

It appears that the later option – hosting it here – isn’t a realistic option. Each harvartd.edu address is permitted one blog. Which means that when this course is over – I’ll either have to erase it, forego another opportunity to use it, or attempt to gracelessly transition it to another blog. I’ll probably do the last one.

But while I am waiting, I might as well upload the files I have created for the new podcast:

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4 – class project

Episode 5

Podcasting

Posted in blogs, cyberlaw, Cyberlaw Project, podcast on November 7th, 2006

Our projects are starting to take shape. I am rehashing the assignment from before in order to tailor it better to the goal of empathetic argument. This is especially apt for my project, since empathy with the other side is all around. What argument requires more empathy than one that is – ostensibly – anti-child? Although I am choosing a moderate position and topic – equal benefits for childless workers – the opposition is still essentially the pro-parent pro-child lobby.

To that end, I have created this week’s podcast – what I believe is the 11th and final take. Download it here.

I do like the idea of podcast as a medium. I would be happy to start a blog for my project, but I’ve been running one for over a year now to a similar end – involving the childfree community in an aggregation of information and commentary. I don’t think that my single issue would make for a distinct blog, nor for that matter, a distinct podcast.

The trouble with creating a podcast instead is that it has been done – and done well. The childfree community is nascent, and still only has a few major organizations behind it. However, it has a great zine and a fantastic podcast. I would not want to duplicate their efforts.

However, as Adult Spaces addresses news (as does my blog) I could create a complimentary podcast to focus just on issues. There is still zero organization toward that end – just disjointed commentary on various discussion boards, and one very well-written book. (Burkett – the Baby Boon)

Right now I’m just running into some technical difficulties. The obvious choice for hosts would be Harvard – but does my blog access expire when I graduate? I would not want this to be a project with an expiration date. I attempted to host it on the same account as my main blog, but I currently can’t find a way to upload mp3 files. Hopefully as I sort out these issues, my plan will be refined.