The book out now!

Posted in announcements,education,social media,web 2.0 by vatsia on March 21, 2007


Political Economy and the Promise of Participatory Media

Juha Suoranta & Tere Vadén
University of Tampere, Finland

In the digital world of learning there is a progressive transformation from the institutionalized and individualized forms of learning to open learning and collaboration. The book provides a critical view on the use of new technologies and learning practices in furthering socially just futures, while at the same time paying critical attention to the constants, or “unmoved movers” of the information society development; the West and Capitalism. The essential issue in the Wikiworld is one of freedom – levels and kinds of freedom. Our message is clear: we write for the radical openness of education for all.




1. A Critical Paradigm of Education

2. Digital Literacy and Political Economy

3. Radical Monopolies: Schools, Computer Softwares and Social Media

4. The World Divided in Two

5. Edutopias and the Promise of Active Citizenship

6. From Social Media to Socialist Media




27 Responses to 'The book out now!'

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  1. Jere Majava said,

    The TOC looks really interesting. Do you sell this in print somewhere, just as an alternative UI?

  2. jsuorant said,


    Yes, we are planning to have it also as a paperback, if there is a need and an interest for it. How, where and when, we cannot say. But good ideas cc printing are warmly welcome. – Juha

  3. Teemu said,

    Is it possible to make a version of it to the Wikibooks?

  4. jsuorant said,


    We thought you’d never ask. : ) Yeah, that’s the plan. Thanks for asking. – Juha

  5. Gregory said,

    wow, totally cool!

  6. jsuorant said,

    ¡cracias companéro! Keep on rocking in Oz! – Juha

  7. I volunteer with One Laptop Per Child. This is just the sort of thing we are looking for. Our plan is to create a network for collaborative discovery in the schools, and break the hold of the factory-automation style of education created in Prussia over a century ago.

    Can we get a Creative Commons license to include your book in our software distribution, perhaps on the school server? Can we have a license to translate it to the 60 or more languages we are currently targeting, and however many more in the future? (See for details.)

  8. vatsia said,

    Dear Edward,

    Yes, of course! That would be great. How do we do this in practice; I mean, the licensing?

  9. Meryn Stol said,

    This looks really interesting, but I hate reading books in pdf. When will this be in print?

  10. vatsia said,

    Dear Meryn,

    we’d like to see the book in print, too! Let’s see if we can come up with something.

  11. Einar said,

    Juha – you might want to consider for some good cc self publishing solutions… printing is on demand too so negligible startup cost.

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  13. GDS said,

    Are there any possibilities to study at the Paulo Freire Research Center- Finland within the scientific exchange or maybe a post doctoral studies?

  14. jsuorant said,

    Dear GDS,

    Not directly but PFRS organizes occasional lectures and workshops.

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  17. Sounds like an interesting book but I am having trouble opening the pdf 😦

    Maybe its annoyed that I am trying to download it via my mobile on a train 🙂 I will keep trying…

    The licensing is easy. Just go to and choose “license your work” answer the questions and pick the license you want. If you need help the Finnish license and licensing team are available here:

    Feel free to contact me (I am on the Swedish Creative Commons team)

  18. vatsia said,

    Thanks Mathias, we will check that!

    I think it must be the connection; the file should be OK and we haven’t heard of any troubles otherwise… Hope you will succeed.

    And have a nice journey!

  19. Tomas Lundén said,

    I am a librarian working with electronic publishing and Open Access issues, and my question is: should you not deposit a copy also in the open repository of University of Tampere, TamPub?

    That would help disseminating your book through search services and should provide a fairly stable URL, I guess.

    Looks very interesting, will surely read it.
    Thank you.

  20. jsuorant said,

    Thanks, Tomas, for a tip!

  21. Jere Majava said,

    I second Einar on using I received my hardcover copy of Wikiworld two days ago and I’m very happy with it. Making the book costs 15€, posting to Europe another 5€.

  22. Interesting read.

    I’m missing mention of the concept of meritocracy; which Is very important in the participatory digital spheres. All the Open Source projects that power the Wikiworld are ruled by this principle (eg. Apache, Mozilla, Wikimedia, …).

    It should also be mentioned IMO that the inherently anarchistic structure of a Wiki makes it vulnerable to attack from political and economic interest groups (eg. governments, ‘intelligence’ community, lobbyists) who can pay fake participants to maintain a favorable bias in the available information through omission of less favorable information. IMO there is already a ‘war’ against free information being waged, the scale of which is unknown.

  23. ben leefield said,

    Of course there is only one wikiworldbook:

    Although it lacks the deep intellectual content of the book in question (I just skimmed it), it does rely on one of the basic premises of the book that mass collaboration will play a critcial role in the remoulding of the business space over the next few decades. WikiWorldBook itself is a collaborative open Global Address Book, built on an open source platform.

    I have succesfully downloaded the pdf and look forward to reading your book in a more leisurely manner!

  24. jsuorant said,

    Dear Ben,

    Yes, of course, but fortunately enough, although we perhaps play in the same sand-box, we have something to share: our toys. Thanks to let us know about the global address book!

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