- North Korea best not … – Trump remixes Truman – (linguistics )
- US federal department is censoring use of term ‘climate change’, emails reveal – Just leaving a trace of the accepted terms here.
> “These records reveal Trump’s active censorship of science in the name of his political agenda,” said Meg Townsend, open government attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. – (linguistics trump rhetoric semantics )
- Weblogs: Learning in Public- Jill Walker Rettberg | ETC Press – Meh become me. – (#en3177 digital_literacy blogging )
Hodge asks us to look to semiosis to understand and act in the politically over-charged moment.
McCarthyism was constituted in texts and in explosive discursive, semiosic processes that carried the effects very far, very quickly…. Semiosic contexts inﬂect meanings and are themselves meanings. McCarthy’s strategy included waving a list in the Senate which he claimed contained 205 names of proven commu- nists in public ofﬁce, which he would not reveal. Waving the list was a multimodal signiﬁer supporting his spoken words. This semiosic situation contains multiple splits. McCarthy’s speech is a surface text split from its real meaning, supposedly known to the speaker but not the audience. The speaker demands absolute trust from his hearers at the same time as he excludes them. We do not need a theory of schizophrenia to see this as a way to provoke paranoia.
Hodge, Social Semiotics for a Complex World. 91.
- A Flexible, Interoperable Digital Learning Platform: Are We There Yet? -e-Literate – Defining learning platforms.
> I believe incentives in the industry have changed enough that we could have a win-win scenario for all implementing parties.
- Education Technology as ‘The New Normal’ – Go Audrey. > Education needs to change, we have long been told. It is outmoded. Inefficient. And this “new normal” – in an economic sense much more than a pedagogical one – has meant schools have been tasked to “do more with less” and specifically to do more with new technologies which promise greater efficiency, carrying with them the values of business and markets rather than the values of democracy or democratic education. – (education )
- Tools Index | Voyant Tools Documentation – Tools for corpus analysis – (tools linguistics )
- Language Log » Metaphor of the month – A finer account of language use and Emerson's analysis for the linguist in each of us. Verily.
- The Loud, Empty Word That Defines President-Elect Trump – The Daily Beast – Trump's idiolect, register, memes, and Sapir-Whorf simplified.
> an administration that privileges the volume of the song more than its melody. Like the word itself, the 45th president is an indiscriminate megaphone, adding fire- and horsepower to whosoever holds his attention – (linguistics register memes )
- 3 tips for effectively using wikis for documentation – – (none)
- Yes, Digital Literacy. But Which One? – Literacy isn't a skill. It's mastery of a knowledge domain. – (digital_literacy )
- The rhetorical style of spontaneous speech – – (linguistics orality erhetoric )
- Hypothes.is as a public research notebook – – (annotation DH notetaking )
- Choral Explanations and OER: A Summary of Thinking to Date | Hapgood – Mike's OV of choral voices. I'm connecting the choral with the Greek chora. – (oer wiki fedwiki chora )
- How Fine-Grained Will New Credentialism Get: Credit For Watching a TED Talk? – Slashdot – Slashdot weighs in where the Chronicle fears to tread. "I read the story and watched the video. Where's my certificate?" – (none)
- More BS from George F. Will – It's not about Will, or Trump, except by insinuation. But it is about bullshit.
"The bullshitter may not deceive us, or even intend to do so, either about the facts or about what he takes the facts to be. What he does necessarily attempt to deceive us about is his enterprise. His only indispensably distinctive characteristic is that in a certain way he misrepresents what he is up to." – (bs linguistics idiom jargon )
- Minimum Wage Machine pays in pennies – Visualizing work – (labor alienation art material information_design )
- The Failed Promise of Deep Links — Backchannel — Medium – "Today, though, Web links are mostly navigation and footnotes. Instead of sharing linked trails of knowledge that we’ve blazed, we leave piles of data around that service providers mine for value." But we can turn it around. – (ia fedwiki hypertext design )
- Silicon Valley Innovation: Stanford Law Student Crowdsources Her Graduation Speech – Wired Campus – Blogs – The Chronicle of Higher Education – Not all that innovative, as commencement speeches tend to be formulaic anyway, and hardly inclusive with only 85 self-selected contributors. it does widen the available means of persuasion, a little. but it perhaps it's a choir preaching to a choir. I used to create a similar effect by grabbing lines of commonplaces from student themes to create an ur-theme that impressed a lot but said little. – (rhetoric hype )
- Adblockers are immoral – No, they aren't. Ad hominem takes on a new meaning. Really, this is your best argument? A good reminder to reinstall that ad blocker you were thinking about. – (advertising rhetoric ad_hominem )
- Audience Invoked vs Audience Addressed in Pinker’s The Sense of Style | David Durian – "Ultimately, it seems the case that, although the text does have mismatch issues between audience invoked and audience imagined, it has still proven to be a successful text, none the less. In terms of its status as "popular linguistics" text, it actually appears to conform pretty strongly to the genre conventions of that genre, at least, if earlier works such as Pinker's The Language Instinct and Tannen's You Just Don't Understand are used as a gauge for success. " – (rhetoric stylebook review linguistics )
- A Pragmatics of Links | Tosca | Journal of Digital Information – "This paper applies the linguistic theory of relevance to the study of the way links work, insisting on the lyrical quality of the link-interpreting activity. It is argued that such a pragmatic approach can help us understand hypertext readers` behavior, and thus be useful for authors and tool-builders alike." Read alongside Burbles. Rhetorics of the web. – (dh hypertext hypertextessay hypernarrative )
- Are ‘grammar Nazis’ ruining the English language? – Telegraph – A light introduction to the focus of linguistics and the Language Log. Followed by 100s of inane comments. "Despite what many people think, the rules of a language – any language – are only defined by how people use that language. When you think about it, that has to be the case: the rules of English are different now from how they were in Milton’s time, let alone Chaucer’s, and no one has ever sat down and deliberately changed them; they’ve changed because the language has evolved, through changing use. Pullum’s job is determining what those rules are." – (linguistics grammar prescriptivism )
- Such DFW. Very Orwell. So Doge. Wow. – An interesting look at SWE on the digital cusp. – (DH language languagechange )
- New Liberal Arts // Snarkmarket & Revelator Press – Collection of short pieces – call them discussion starters – on redefining the lib arts as digital. PDF, and the html is here: http://snarkmarket.com/nla/new-liberal-arts.html – (book culture DH libed libarts2.0 )
- Works Cited: Humanities scholarship is incredibly relevant, and that makes people sad. – Interesting defense of more or less traditional humanities study in part by bringing in a mindset from trendy DH. The argument suggests that DH might be a way of dragging/sneaking humanities values (which – let's face it – challenge the capitalistic credo) back into the classroom. – (humanities DH )
- Fear and Loathing of the English Passive – Hey, FYC faculty. Get a read on. It ain't gramma you wanna call into play, it's rhetoric. What we see here is that, like many critiques of style (ponderous, heavy, lively! active! wonderful!) the critique of The Passive is a critique of rhetorical choices, not grammatical ones. Your move. – (linguistics Linguistic_change )
- Afraid someone will steal your idea? – "No genius. No mystique. Only work. Don't buy into the genius mystique. It is a mirage. Maybe there are geniuses out there, but you can't go assuming that you're one. That's like living as if you're going to win the lottery on a regular basis. No, the value comes from the work and no one's going to do more of it than you." – (open_source openaccess IP authorship )
- Language Log » School grammar, round two – Continuing loving it to death, our hero turns to implementation. English Depts are driven too much by literature and suffer from a lack of training in analytical methods so we might place the study of grammar elsewhere: "But at least in the U.S., my suggestion would be to turn away from English departments, and pursue a plan based on an alliance of linguists with people in computer science, psychology, statistics, medicine, law, sociology, business, etc., who increasingly see linguistic analysis (e.g. in the form of "text mining" or "text analytics") as an interesting object of study in itself, and as a means to enable research on other (applied or fundamental) topics. This alliance — which eventually might even include some people from Digital Humanities — is a plausible basis for college-level courses in "grammar" as practical text analysis." With this, we need a change in marketing The English Major, away from Book Club and towards theory in practice (aka analytic methods, study of text, NLP). It'll take a generation, – (DH linguistics grammar )