November 27, 2018 at 11:00AM
The kind of meetings we need to see more of: calling BS and distraction, calling for accountability. As in this –
Allan took as a cue to ummm his way into another series of “we need tos”, and talk of “a number of problematic vectors” Facebook is trying to address with a number of “tools”.
which is in the working vocabulary of administrators everywhere.
The session was largely filled up such frustratingly reframed waffle, as Allan sought to deflect, defang and defuse the committee’s questions — leading it to accuse him more than once of repeating the ‘delay, deny, deflect’ tactics recently reported on by the New York Times.
Waffle is the new trope for misleading.
Allan claimed not — claiming to be there “acknowledging” problems. But that empty chair beside him sure looked awkward.
Perhaps, after 35 years of hearing admin-speak out of the corner of my ear, I enjoy reading about a take-down a little too much. Waffle.
- Facebook fake news: Sort it out yourself, readers – What? Be skeptical? Another country heard from.
"Facebook's list reflects the prudishness of the American news media it is now trying to please, where reporters take a vow of holy objectivity."
"Fundamentally … Facebook, and Silicon Valley, doesn't want to hold a mirror to itself and its role in the clickbait content economy, which is the only economic model it wants to pursue." – (facebook rhetoric )
- Predicting Financial Crime: Augmenting the Predictive Policing Arsenal Brian Clifton1, Sam Lavigne1, and Francis Tseng1 – It's about time: crime predicition algorithms used to map $$ crime. This is the paper behind the app behind the scenes. I feel safe now. I feel as safe as houses. How do you feel? – (ethics art rhetoric algorithms )
- 100 days of gibberish – Trump has weaponised nonsense – > Without language, there is no accountability, no standard of truth. If Trump never says anything concrete, he never has to do anything concrete. If Trump never makes a statement of commitment, Trump supporters never have to confront what they really voted for. If his promises are vague to the point of opacity, Trump cannot be criticised for breaking them. – (politics rhetoric trump )
- Stop calling it Digital Humanities – strategies to help liberal-arts colleges join the movement – (dh digitalhumanities )
- Student expelled from Brainerd nursing school for Facebook comments sues – TwinCities.com – According to the Press, the issue isn't what the student posted but that the admin is sidestepping policies. Is it a moral tale yet? It might become one. – (dangersofblogging facebook fyc )
- The changing complexity of congressional speech – Sunlight Foundation Blog – Linguistic and ideological analysis of public language change. – (Linguistic_change linguistics rhetoric )
- Comparing Facebook networks with the students – Overview and tools from jill/txt – (data_visualization facebook social_media )
- Criteria for Determining Predatory Open-Access Publishers (2nd edition) « Scholarly Open Access – How to ID a potential predatory journal: the usual criteria of openness, names, dates, places, and association. – (OER library2.0 )
- "Making Sense of Privacy and Publicity" – – (privacy social media socialmedia facebook danahboyd )
- How the Hashtag Is Ruining the English Language (Updated) [Rant] – #ohnonotagain – (none)
I’m watching for some common themes running through both the practice and the thinking, and it looks to me that we’re off to a wonky start. That’s no different from what I saw on PLENK2010# as participants tried to get a sense of what to do and how to interact, but I want to trace down that wonkyness, try to characterize it.
Here’s Mike Driscoll taking notes on chapters in Rettberg and posting them on Diigo:
CHAPTER ONE – WHAT IS A BLOG?
–to understand, gotta read them. – wonderful.
–analogy – watching TV series
–cumulative process – most posts pressupose some knowledge of hx of blog and fit into larger story.
and he raises a point that’s calling out for discussion and work
–says online diarists and bloggers use writing as mirror to see self more clearly and “construct themselves as subjects in digital society,” but also as a veil that will always conceal much of life from reader.
–MY THOTS: what the hell is “construct themselves as subjects in a digital society??”
–why do this online??? –just keep friggin’ journal! –or see therapist??
Here’s Posted Note on closing his Facebook account.
First, I fear that employers looking at my Facebook will see my as unfit to hold any sort of responsibility. Facebook has painted a slanted portrait of my life. The only time I appear in photos is when I’m at a party. I rarely find my way in front of a camera when I’m sober. The result? Looking through my Facebook pictures, someone would assume I was a sloppy drunk who does nothing but attend theme parties. Instead of sorting through the photos and untagging the ones that have a beer in them, I’m choosing to delete my account. Keeping it would leave me with about six photos and a list of friends, most of which I can hardly remember.
There are two comments on the post – but there is also a connection between what Rettberg writes about digital identity (chap 3?) – which Mike Driscoll mentions in his notes – and MLChambers’s concern about that digital identity. MLChambers’s post even details how a digital identity gets constructed: “I rarely find my way in front of a camera when I’m sober. The result? Looking through my Facebook pictures, someone would assume I was a sloppy drunk who does nothing but attend theme parties.” That, in turn, complicates idea that identity is intentionally constructed. I think dana boyed argues that that weblogs and Facebook puts us on show and so makes us more aware of how we present our selves, but MLChambers adds an extra angle: the opportunity for creating a performance is skewed. (danah boyd looks into constructions of identities here.)
I have two tracks I might follow at this point: I can look at how participants are creating and managing identities as they make their first posts online. Or continue to catalog the themes that are occurring. Both, I think.
But what I’m seeing is that the posts of these first two weeks are light on bringing forward ideas about blogging itself – those topics that Mike D outlines on Diigo. Some “bird here” phatic signals, and demonstrations of identity and common interests (see Jadelowl and Muse’s comment). And here’s a post identifying the context of the blogging as “for class.” This is also another instance of dumping Facebook (different reasons) and shifting to other social networking circles – a shift that Zach comments on. It’s curious to see the relationship between Facebook and these other means (blogging and twitter) being sketched out.
Lots from the twitter stream, and some with meta communication. Advice. Lots of it. Some leading to tutorials (WordPress requires authors to approve first time commentors, others links to resources, all getting a sense of how the system is intertwingled. (< I am unduly proud of this link.) Some requests for help (A Partitioned Blog?). A couple of resources on technology. Links to blogs, one via the 2010 bloggies. This last one opens a discussion on how blogs have become an industry, commercialized. Or not. Take it back to Rettberg, chap 1 and 2.
Again: A lot of this is “bird here!” Checking out the system. Building the infrastructure. Testing the water. Drawing people to twitter streams and weblogs to show them what you’ve been doing in your space, to see what the backgrounds are, and who’s following who.
Anyone want to consider these matters? Goes to Rettberg chap 3 on strong and weak links. Diagrams, notes …
So, here’s my thesis for the day morning: Individually, the postings show fragments. Take those fragments together and I can see playing out some of the phenomena of blogging and social media in general that Rettberg mentions.
- Long Live the Web: Tim Berners-Lee Scientific American – TBL is back with hisvcontinuing arguments for an open, net neural web. "Why should you care? Because the Web is yours. It is a public resource on which you, your business, your community and your government depend. The Web is also vital to democracy, a communications channel that makes possible a continuous worldwide conversation. The Web is now more critical to free speech than any other medium. It brings principles established in the U.S. Constitution, the British Magna Carta and other important documents into the network age: freedom from being snooped on, filtered, censored and disconnected." – (facebook history internet web berners-lee netneutrality openaccess )
- Sarah Palin’s Kids: The Complete Lack of Online Self-Control Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree – A quick commentary on decorum. Those krazy Palins. – (facebook twitter linguistics fyc )
- 20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web – Shiny Google People promote their vision life, the universe, html5, and everything in the guise of a children's book. More myopic than Microsoft, heavier-handed than a railway baron, more condescending than Bill Buckley. It's all about revision and Manifest Destiny, wrapped up in a shameless rip of Dr Seuss figures. Sure, it shows what they can do with html5, but so would an html version of The Wasteland. Meh. – (book revisionist_history google marketing ebook death_by_google )
- Social networking: teachers blame Facebook and Twitter for pupils’ poor grades – Telegraph – The opening claim – "Children who spend much of their time online find it harder to concentrate in class, are permanently distracted and have shorter attention spans, researchers found." – turns out to be perceptions and beliefs by teachers. The article tells us more about misconceptions than what student are doing. Shame on Telegraph. – (Fyc myths facebook twitter )
- Gary Hamel on Managing Generation Y – the Facebook Generation – WSJ – Seems I've seen these 12 points before – can't recall where, but they are familiar. Anyway, brief, light-weight toss-off article homogenizes The Kids by working backwards from characteristics of some web interactions to characterizing the Coming Workers. – (management facebook newmedia socialmedia fyc fluff )
- The Eight-Word Mission Statement – Harvard Business Review – The short form forces concision, but it can also be used to generate possibles. 'Starr insists that companies he funds can express their mission statement in under eight words. They also must follow this format: "Verb, target, outcome."' It'd add "means." – (genre generator mission shortform twitter statement branding )