Recent news are an example of the ways that virtual spaces are also places of symbolic political conflict. Nation states and their national geography exist virtually in the web as well as in the material world. See for instances the  news about the end for Yugoslavia domains . This is rather relevant for education if we consider with Douglas Kellner that:

The Internet and emerging forms of technopolitics also point to the connection between politics and pedagogy. Paulo Freire has long argued that all pedagogy is political and politics contains a pedagogical dimension (which could be manipulative or emancipatory). [“The Conflicts of Globalization and Restructuring of Education”]

Thanks to James Thayer for the links

From Babylon & Beyond by Meris Lutz in Beirut posted September 18, 2009:

Facebook users in the Golan Heights, which was captured from Syria by Israel in a 1967 war, now find themselves at the center of a new, virtual skirmish over the disputed territory.

Until recently, Facebook users in Golan towns were listed as living in Syria, prompting more than 2,600 Israelis to form a group called “Facebook, Golan residents live in Israel, not Syria.” Now, users are allowed to choose whether their hometown is listed as part of Israel or Syria.[…]

This is not the first time Facebook has been dragged into geopolitical conflicts, as the tech blog VentureBeat points out. They face similar decisions over disputed lands such as Kashmir and Taiwan, and will likely face more as the site expands globally.

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