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Using Web 2.0 to Promote Compassionate Consumption and Alter the Geographies of Knowledge

A few months ago I wrote a short article on using Web 2.0 frameworks and technologies to promote compassionate consumption, using my own experiences as a geography teacher and the wikichains website as an example. The article is titled “Fluid Knowledge and Transparency” and was published in the Special Forum on Pedagogy & Qualitative Research in the Association of American Geographers Qualitative Research Specialty Group Newsletter. I’ll post the first paragraph below, and the rest of the article can be accessed here.


Contemporary capitalism conceals the histories and geographies of most commodities from consumers. Consumers are usually only able to see commodities in the here and now of time and space, and rarely have any opportunities to gaze backwards through the chains of production in order to gain knowledge about the sites of production, transformation, and distribution. Over the past decades, the production of commodities has been globalized at a staggering pace, and yet our knowledge about the production of those same commodities has shrunk. The aim of WikiChains is, therefore, to encourage a different type of globalization: a globalization of knowledge that will harness the power of the Internet in order to allow consumers to learn more about the commodities that they buy.