- What Is Seth Abramson Trying to Tell Us? – The Chronicle of Higher Education – – (digital rhetoric )
- No, wealth isn’t created at the top. It is merely devoured there | Rutger Bregman | Opinion | The Guardian – We won't mention names. That would be indelicate. Rentiers require a low profile. "growing share of those we hail as “successful” and “innovative” are earning their wealth at the expense of others. The people getting the biggest handouts are not down around the bottom, but at the very top. Yet their perilous dependence on others goes unseen. Almost no one talks about it. Even for politicians on the left, it’s a non-issue…. The fact of the matter is that feudalism has been democratised. To a lesser or greater extent, we are all depending on handouts. En masse, we have been made complicit in this exploitation by the rentier elite, resulting in a political covenant between the rich rent-seekers and the homeowners and retirees." – (socialism rhetoric socialpractices utopia argument )
- 3 types of useful Atom text editor packages for writers – – (none)
- Re-imagining Twitter – Example of how making it complex changes its potential. There's nothing intuitive about categories and stories: they are social concepts imported to bootstrap connection. What they do is make contextual information explicit rather than implicit. That adds to what can be carried by 140 characters. Ease of use gives way to augmentation. The link to lowercase capital in the subhead of the article is both a prominent move and a declaration of alignment (calling attention to itself *because* it's in the subhead). If we make it more complex, more people will use it! – (augmentation twitter socialmedia socialpractices erhetoric )
- What’s Your Algorithmic Citizenship? | Citizen Ex – A Chrome extension that records (locally) the physical location of the servers that hold the sites you visit. We have defined identity by place and origin. What happens when we become visitors? A DH project by James Bridle, co-commissioned by The space and the Southbank Centre. I'm in. – (DH identity geolocation geopsycology )
- Writing, Unteachable or Mistaught? – – (comp_theory )
- Multitasking May Hurt Your Performance, But It Makes You Feel Better – it makes class time bearable. "The findings showed that multitasking often gave the students an emotional boost, even when it hurt their cognitive functions, such as studying." – (fyc multitasking )
- Garfield – How Students Learn Statistics – – (statistics a&e fyc )
- Open and shut cases. Bracewell’s ‘The Space Between’: the essence of a book as artwork – – (digitalhumanities book )
- Getting the News — danah boyd | News.me – how danah gathers her news – (danahboyd media newjournalism socialpractices curating reading DigitalHumanities )
- Tenure Awarded Based in Part on Wikipedia Contributions – Watching the Watchers – Finally. Let's hope it's the first of many. – (wikipedia scholarship2.o socialpractices )
- The death of Fame: anonymity in the age of digital activism – Fame is changing, and is pinned to the medium: broadcast constructed, to viewer constructed, to popularity, to crowd sourcing master. – (fame #en3177 socialmedia activism )
- The Ed Techie: Twitter as interdisciplinary tool & culture – Martin Weller discusses how some of the conventions of twitter help users organize their space to support interdiscplinarity. Mentions reasons for retweeting and how hash tags are used. – (twitter en3177 hashtag @ retweet collaboration socialpractices )
- 500 Internal Server Error – 500 Internal Server Error – (none)
- edtechpost – PLE Diagrams – Mother of all PLE diagrams compilation – (#plenk2010 ple visualization )
- if:book: the truth is in the back and forth – A complete history of the Wikipedia article on the Iraq War (the second one) in XII volumes, printed. We *so* need a semiotics of writing. "Four years later, we don't yet have the tools that would let people read Wikipedia articles in "a new way" but hopefully Bridle's very impressive experiment with this one article will spur efforts to develop new tools for reading online works which are constantly being changed and edited." – (wikipedia collaborativewriting history socialpractices reading )
Paul Carr at TechCrunch makes some sharp observations on the appeal of immediacy over the hard grind of reflection in Thnks Fr Th Mmrs: The Rise Of Microblogging, The Death Of Posterity.
A decade or so ago, a new generation who would previously have kept diaries instead started to set up blogs. Sure those blogs may have been twee or self-absorbed or clumsily written or emo or just plain boring – isn’t that the joy of a diary? – but they at least required the writer to take the time to process the events of their life, and the attendant emotions they generated – before putting finger to keyboard. The result, in many cases, was a detailed archive of events and memories that they can look back on now and say “that was how I was then”.
And then along came micro-blogging – and, with a finite amount of time and effort available, the blog generation turned into the Twitter (or Facebook) generation. A million blogs withered and died as their authors stopped taking the time to process their thoughts and switched instead to simply copying and pasting them into the world, 140 meaningless characters at a time. The result: a whole lot of sound and mundanity, signifying nothing.
I haven’t been an enthusiastic microblogger, so I don’t need to back away from Twitter much, I’ve already let my Tumblr account go dormant, and I just don’t find Facebook rewarding and so rarely visit But the piece is a reminder to get something extended and thoughtful – or even trite – posted regularly. And, I’d add, posted to one place. Along with the brevity, the scatteredness of the sites to post to makes creating a record difficult.
- Reflections on open courses « Connectivism – "MOOCs embody, rather than reflect, practices within the digital economy" and other premises. nice reflexive piece on designing, practicing, and convincing deans that MOOCs are worth trying – (OLR MOOC social_learning DE )
- Does your org have a Facebook Page comment escalation flow-chart? ~ Stephen’s Web – Stephen Downes on what decorum becomes when run through an organization. Good teaching tool? Not so much. The principle behind the decorum is CYA rather than Do No Harm or Show Practical Wisdom. – (socialpractices rhetoric decorum )
This graphic has been making the rounds. I found it on The Bamboo Project Blog: It’s About Answering Their Questions, Stupid: What Goes on the First Page ? – where I find a lot of Good Stuff. The reminder that Michele gives:
[W]e still have this broadcast notion of content that can trip us up at the oddest moments. We need to stop thinking that social media–or any online content, for that matter–is first and foremost about us. The best stuff is always, always about our users.
If we could only get our PR/Communications people to hear that, we’d see an improvement in BSU’s little website – an improvement that the students who use the site – and those who never enrolled because the couldn’t find what they were looking for at a university – could then carry forward into their professions. [Warning: Don’t expect any of the following on our front page.]
But design, it’s really about control, isn’t it?