Radical Open Authority: When Life Happens and Museums Respond

“Open Authority” is a phrase that’s everywhere in museum blogs, tweets, and conferences these days.  What exactly does it mean?  At the recent Museum Computer Network (MCN) conference in Montreal  Ed Rodley and a panel explored this question in Defining Open Authority in the Museum, proposing that “developments in the realm of accessibility have dovetailed…

Collecting Trayvon Martin’s Hoodie: A Conversation We Need to Have

Now that the 24/7 discussion of the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case has died down, it’s time to look at the implications of a discussion that flared briefly in the aftermath of the not-guilty verdict for Zimmerman. On July 31, 2013, Lonnie Bunch, Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)…

Where is Trayvon Martin in our Museums and Social Media?

Silence in My Twitterverse The other morning I was enjoying a cup of coffee and scanning through tweets.  I had just finished reading an article about President Obama stating that if he had had a son, he would look like Trayvon.  While I was zipping through Twitter, I was listening to commentary about the case…