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Can’t Put Down Your Device? That’s by Design
Natasha Singer, in the NY Times: "There’s even an industry term for the experts who continually test and tweak apps and sites to better hook consumers, keep them coming back and persuade them to stay longer: growth hackers."
nytimes  technology  addiction  3844  socialmedia  psychology 
december 2015 by warnick
Anonymity On Social Media Is Under Threat
Emily van der Nagel: "[T]he future of social media anonymity is in the platforms we already have. People will thrive when platforms offer content, connections, and conversations that they want to be part of, without insisting they use their real names to access it."
anonymity  internetculture  pseudonyms  socialmedia  3844 
november 2015 by warnick
We didn’t ❤ the fire
Great take by Collin Brooke on Twitter's decision to replace stars with hearts: "A significant part of Twitter’s success has been predicated on its openness and the relative immediacy of the content we find there. While changing the star to a heart has no necessary, functional impact on the platform itself, it does change our (affective) relationship to it. If users worry about whether RTs imply endorsement, the choice over whether or not to ❤ something raises a whole new set of questions."
twitter  socialmedia  ux  ui  3844  interrogatingtheinterface 
november 2015 by warnick
Stop saying technology is causing social isolation
Héctor L. Carral: "Some may say that if you want to interact with people, you should interact with the ones around you, and that is probably true on certain occasions. But, on other occasions, I’m just not able to comprehend why should we be forced to interact with those physically close to us instead of with the people that we really want to interact with."
mediumdotcom  technology  relationships  digitalculture  3844 
november 2015 by warnick
Casey Neistat's new social media app puts an interesting twist on recording and sharing videos. (Chances of this taking off: incredibly slim.)
caseyneistat  socialmedia  video  3844 
october 2015 by warnick
Interesting tool from Duarte: "Choose from more than 4,000 customizable diagrams and download the free PowerPoint-ready file to enhance your presentation."
presentations  powerpoint  infographics  diagram  nancyduarte  3844 
september 2015 by warnick
We Have Met the Enemy and He Is PowerPoint
The NY Times on PowerPoint in the military. General McMaster sums up the problem nicely: “It’s dangerous because it can create the illusion of understanding and the illusion of control. Some problems in the world are not bullet-izable."
nytimes  powerpoint  military  government  3844 
september 2015 by warnick
How PowerPoint is killing critical thought
Andrew Smith, in the Guardian: "PP’s enthusiasts claim that it emboldens nervous speakers and forces everyone to present information in an ordered way. To an extent, both contentions are true. But the price of this is that the speaker dominates the audience absolutely. Where the space around and between points on a blackboard is alive with possibility, the equivalent space on a PP screen is dead."
powerpoint  teaching  3844 
september 2015 by warnick
Facebook, Smart Tech, and the End of Language
Mark Zuckerberg's vision of the future doesn't sounds creepy AT ALL: "We'll have AR [augmented reality] and other devices that we can wear almost all the time to improve our experience and communication. One day, I believe we'll be able to send full, rich thoughts to each other directly using technology. You'll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too if you'd like. This would be the ultimate communication technology."
communication  facebook  language  emoji  augmentedreality  socialmedia  digitalhumanities  3844 
september 2015 by warnick
Internet Addiction Quiz
An interesting (but scientifically suspect) tool designed to "help you determine whether you might have an unhealthy relationship with the Internet."
internet  addiction  timemanagement  quiz  3844 
september 2015 by warnick
Use SoundCloud to Start Your Own Podcast for Free
Helpful guide from Gizmodo: "A couple months ago, SoundCloud opened its podcasting service up to everyone. There are limits to what you can do with a free account, but it’s a great way to dip a toe into the podcasting waters without spending any money, and you don’t necessarily need any in-depth technical knowledge."
podcasting  audio  3844 
august 2015 by warnick
Ultimate Guide to Storytelling
Nice list of resources related to storytelling.
storytelling  3844 
june 2015 by warnick
One Image to Rule Them All: Size Specs to Work Across Social Media
Garrett Heath's helpful instructions for creating images that display well on multiple sites.
images  socialmedia  3844 
june 2015 by warnick
Interesting new tool from the MIT Media Lab: "FOLD is an authoring and publishing platform for creating modular, multimedia stories."
cms  publishing  webapp  multimodal  3844  digitalstorytelling 
may 2015 by warnick
Building Nonlinear Narratives for the Web
Senongo Akpem, on A List Apart: "The web operates in ways that can conflict with our traditional view of what a 'story'—with a set start, middle, and end—is. Content is chunked, spread across various channels, devices, and formats. How do we define story lines, characters, interactions, and the role of the audience, given this information sprawl?"
alistapart  webdesign  digitalstorytelling  3844 
may 2015 by warnick
Digital Activism: Relationships and Stories
Jeff Swift: "Digital media allow activist communities to spread their stories farther and faster than they could otherwise, but studies of digital activism repeatedly suggest that this capability doesn’t necessarily create an entirely new kind of activism."
jeffswift  onlineadvocacy  digitalrhetoric  activism  3844 
may 2015 by warnick
Pipeline Information Network
Created by a class of Virginia Tech students. Great case study in online advocacy.
onlineadvocacy  activism  vt  digitalrhetoric  3844 
may 2015 by warnick
“Know Thy Selfie”: A Selfie Group Discussion Assignment
Adeline Koh writes about implementing an assignment created by Mark C. Marino: "Your students take selfies, you probably do as well. But how do we encourage our students to think critically about the selfie as cultural artifact?"
selfie  digitalself  3844  pedagogy  assignments 
march 2015 by warnick
Digital Identity Mapping
Great "digital self" assignment from Traci Gardner.
digitalself  onlineidentity  3844 
february 2015 by warnick
A Teenager’s View on Social Media
Interesting personal take on social media from a student at the University of Texas: "This article will not use any studies, data, sources, etc. This is because you can easily get that from any other technology news website and analyze from there. I’m here to provide a different view based off of my life in this 'highly coveted' age bracket. That being said, I'm not an expert at this by a long shot and I'm sure there will be data that disproves some of the points I make, but this is just what I've noticed."
mediumdotcom  socialmedia  millennials  twitter  facebook  instagram  snapchat  tumblr  yikyak  3844 
january 2015 by warnick
Millennials and the Age of Tumblr Activism
NY Times: "[W]hether passion on Tumblr translates into participation in the real world is up for debate. Ms. Katwiwa described a time when she used Tumblr to promote a protest in New Orleans. She was disappointed when of the thousand or so people who promised to show up, only 400 materialized."
nytimes  tumblr  socialmedia  onlineadvocacy  activism  digitalrhetoric  3844 
january 2015 by warnick
The Lesson of the Sony Hack: We Should All Jump to the 'Erasable Internet'
Farhad Manjoo: "[H]ere’s the thing about the digital world that we must remember. Nothing you say in any form mediated through digital technology — absolutely nothing at all — is guaranteed to stay private. Before you type anything, just think: How will this look when it gets out?"
nytimes  privacy  internet  digitalself  digitalrhetoric  3844 
january 2015 by warnick
Best Places to Find Free Images Online
Nice list by Dustin W. Stout: "The following sites are the best places I’ve found online to get free images. I have sorted through dozens of sites to only bring you the best of the best so as to save you time and potential frustration."
images  design  webdesign  creativecommons  stock  photography  4814  3844 
august 2014 by warnick
You Are Not a Digital Native: Privacy in the Age of the Internet
Cory Doctorow: "Anyone who pays attention will see that kids do, in fact, care a whole lot about their privacy. They don’t want their parents to know what they’re saying to their friends. They don’t want their friends to see how they relate to their parents. They don’t want their teachers to know what they think of them. They don’t want their enemies to know about their fears and anxieties."
youth  privacy  socialmedia  internetculture  3844 
july 2014 by warnick
Redesigning Mary Meeker's Ugly Internet Slideshow
Businessweek asked Emiland De Cubber to redesign an important, but poorly designed, PowerPoint presentation. It's a great before-and-after case study.
powerpoint  slides  redesign  design  bizcomm  visualrhetoric  3844 
may 2014 by warnick
Twitter is not dying. It’s on the cusp of getting much bigger.
Will Oremus makes an important distinction between Facebook and Twitter: "Twitter is not a social network. Not primarily, anyway. It’s better described as a social media platform, with the emphasis on 'media platform.' And media platforms should not be judged by the same metrics as social networks."
slate  twitter  socialmedia  3844 
may 2014 by warnick
Confronting the Myth of the 'Digital Native'
The Chronicle: "'It is problematic that there are so many assumptions about how just because a young person grew up with digital media, which in fact many have, that they are automatically savvy,' Ms. Hargittai says. 'That is simply not the case. There are increasing amounts of empirical evidence to suggest the contrary.'"
chronicle  socialmedia  digitalliteracies  3844  onlineidentity  digitalself 
april 2014 by warnick
Nancy Duarte's new book-slash-ebook-slash-website-slash-whatever. Really cool.
nancyduarte  presentations  powerpoint  design  3844 
april 2014 by warnick
The Revival of the Manual Typewriter
Alex Lenkei: "When I’m sitting down at a computer, I don’t know what I’m going to do next; I can get distracted very easily. In today’s increasingly connected world, production and focus in writing are being sacrificed for Facebook updates, tweets, and blog posts. There are a thousand distractions. But with a typewriter, I know I’m writing. When you sit in front of a typewriter, that’s all there is: you and the machine."
typewriter  writing  process  nostalgia  3844 
april 2014 by warnick
A Brief History of Databases
Stephen Fortune: "We've built edifices to house the data, and ... created our enterprises atop and around them. Surveying the history of databases illuminates a lot about how we come to terms with the world around us, and how organizations have come to terms with us."
database  history  3844 
march 2014 by warnick
Crap Detection Resources
Nice list of tools and resources to help students improve their "crap detection" skills. Via Howard Rheingold, of course.
howardrheingold  crapdetection  digitalliteracies  3844 
march 2014 by warnick
Using Storyboards In Education
A helpful guide to creating storyboards: "Don’t worry about it not looking pretty. The point is to clearly convey information, so panels with stick figures and simple shapes where everyone understands what’s going on are better than gorgeous drawings of people and battles that don’t make sense."
storytelling  storyboards  3844  tutorial  digitalstorytelling 
march 2014 by warnick
Master of His Virtual Domain
The NY Times on addiction to online games and virtual worlds: "'Looking back, I think I must have been insane,' he told me, with a mix of pride and revulsion. 'I was so immersed in it at the time. I knew it was abnormal, but never to the extent that I see it now.'"
nytimes  digitalculture  addiction  videogames  3844 
january 2014 by warnick
The blog is dead, long live the blog
Jason Kottke: "Over the past 16 years, the blog format has evolved, had social grafted onto it, and mutated into Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest and those new species have now taken over. No biggie, that’s how technology and culture work."
jasonkottke  blogging  socialmedia  3844 
january 2014 by warnick
Everything from 1991 Radio Shack ad I now do with my phone
Steve Cichon: "There are 15 electronic gimzo type items on this page, being sold from America’s Technology Store. 13 of the 15 you now always have in your pocket."
technology  history  convergence  iphone  3844 
january 2014 by warnick
Facebook cleansing: How to delete all of your account activity
Jennifer Golbeck, in Slate: "As our online lives become more important, so too does our ability to curate them. The tools for this aren’t yet mature, but the market is there—both for existing social media companies and startups."
slate  facebook  privacy  digitalself  socialmedia  3844 
january 2014 by warnick
2013: The Year in Interactive Storytelling
Long list of multimedia pieces, data visualizations, etc., from the NY Times.
nytimes  webdesign  dataviz  digitalstorytelling  3844  4814 
december 2013 by warnick
The Meanings of the Selfie
James Franco, in the NY Times: "In our age of social networking, the selfie is the new way to look someone right in the eye and say, 'Hello, this is me.'"
jamesfranco  nytimes  selfie  narcissism  socialmedia  instagram  3844 
december 2013 by warnick
Everything is a Remix Case Study: The iPhone
Excellent example of "interrogating the interface" by Kirby Ferguson.
kirbyferguson  remix  video  iphone  interrogatingtheinterface  3844 
december 2013 by warnick
The Rhetoric of Memes
An interesting undergrad project developed at the University of Michigan.
rhetoric  rhetoricalanalysis  meme  internetculture  3844 
december 2013 by warnick
What’s Wrong With Writing Essays
Great post by Mark Sample: " Why must writing, especially writing that captures critical thinking, be composed of words? Why not images? Why not sound? Why not objects? The word text, after all, derives from the Latin textus, meaning that which is woven, strands of different material intertwined together. Let the warp be words and the weft be something else entirely."
marksample  writing  essays  composition  3844  multimodal 
december 2013 by warnick
Software Criticism
Matthew Bischoff: "Software needs to be criticized to get better. 90% of it is crap, and very few people are willing to explain why."
criticism  software  interrogatingtheinterface  3844 
december 2013 by warnick
If a Story Is Viral, Truth May Be Taking a Beating
NY Times: "Truth has never been an essential ingredient of viral content on the Internet. But in the stepped-up competition for readers, digital news sites are increasingly blurring the line between fact and fiction, and saying that it is all part of doing business in the rough-and-tumble world of online journalism."
journalism  nytimes  virality  truth  trust  socialmedia  3844 
december 2013 by warnick
Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt
Great piece on the economic and social forces behind something as simple as a t-shirt, beautifully executed on the web.
npr  digitalstorytelling  planetmoney  webdesign  4814  3844 
december 2013 by warnick
I Hate Buzzfeed
"Between the stolen images, vapid content, lame jokes, recycled memes and desperate assimilation of all things pop culture, I feel like I'm dealing with a cultural hydra. Only what BuzzFeed accosts you with is worse than poisonous breath and virulent blood; BuzzFeed attacks our collective intellect, worsens civilization and collects a handsome reward for doing it."
buzzfeed  criticism  citation  3844 
december 2013 by warnick
How to Write the Worst Possible Column About Millennials
Great takedown of one of journalism's worst trends: "By no means should you let the reader think that the Millennial generation is anything more than a uniform blob of rich, self-righteous idleness. If you start with the details—for example, that 80 percent of this generation's parents didn't go to college, or that 60 percent of them grew up in households making less than $50,000 in inflation-adjusted dollars—you'll only confuse people into thinking that not every family buys matching Hanna Andersson pajamas for Christmas."
atlanticmonthly  millennials  journalism  fisking  3844  youth 
december 2013 by warnick
How Not to Be a Jerk With Your Stupid Smartphone
Sadly, the solution is not as simple as the title makes it sound: "While it would be nice if the social disruption inherent to our increasingly complex technological age could be micro-managed in a technocratic way, there's simply too much diversity in circumstances, sensibilities, and skill for etiquette lists containing categorical dos and don’ts to be generally desirable. Simplicity is reassuring, but there’s no way to escape from the existentially uneasy position of constantly experimenting, ceaselessly observing what others expect, and using good judgment to make necessary adjustments."
atlanticmonthly  cellphones  etiquette  technology  3844  digitalself 
december 2013 by warnick
Out of Print, Maybe, but Not Out of Mind
The NY Times explores the current state of ebook platforms: "Even as the universe of printed matter continues to shrivel, the book — or at least some of its best-known features — is showing remarkable staying power online. The idea is apparently embedded so deeply in the collective unconsciousness that no one can bear to leave it behind."
nytimes  ebooks  books  3844 
december 2013 by warnick
Online Anonymity Is Not Only for Trolls and Political Dissidents
Dave Maass: "To suggest anonymity should be forbidden because of troll-noise is just as bad as suggesting a ban on protesting because the only demonstrators you have ever encountered are from the Westboro Baptist Church—the trolls of the picket world. People who say otherwise need to widen their experience and understanding of the online world. The online spaces we know and love would be doomed without anonymity, even if the security of that anonymity is far from absolute or impenetrable."
onlineidentity  anonymity  privacy  eff  digitalself  3844 
november 2013 by warnick
Can't Get Away From It All? The Problem Isn't Technology — It's You
Mat Honan, in Wired: "The phone isn’t the problem. The problem is us—our inability to step away from email and games and inessential data, our inability to look up, be it at an alpine lake or at family members. We won’t be able to get away from it all for very much longer. So it’s vitally important that each of us learns how to live with a persistent connection, everywhere we go, whether it’s in the wilderness or at a dinner party."
mathonan  wiredmagazine  technology  solitude  addiction  3844 
november 2013 by warnick
Fix Your Boring Slides
Andy Baio offer six simple tips that will improve 95% of oral presentations that use slides.
andybaio  presentations  slides  publicspeaking  3844  design 
november 2013 by warnick
Web-based, multimedia version of Nancy Duarte's book on presenting visual stories. An excellent resource for improving PowerPoint presentations.
powerpoint  presentations  nancyduarte  slides  visualrhetoric  storytelling  3844  digitalstorytelling 
november 2013 by warnick
No More Digitally Challenged Liberal-Arts Majors
William Pannapacker: "Based on what employers say they want, liberal-arts graduates should have a distinct advantage because they possess a breadth of experiences in a wide range of subjects, including quantitative and qualitative disciplines. They should have cultivated presentation skills and teamwork, and, maybe most of all, the ability to adapt, again and again, to the changing expectations of individual classes, projects, and co-curricular activities."
digitalliteracies  humanities  undergraduate  jobs  3844 
november 2013 by warnick
Facebook Has Transformed My Students' Writing—for the Better
I like a lot of what Andrew Simmons has to say in this Atlantic article, but I think my list of "most important ingredients in personal writing" might not be the same as his: "[W]hile Facebook and Twitter have eroded writing conventions among my students, they have not killed the most important ingredients in personal writing: self-reflection and emotional honesty."
socialmedia  writing  facebook  atlanticmonthly  3844  expressivism 
november 2013 by warnick
The Period Is Pissed: When did our plainest punctuation mark become so aggressive?
Ben Crair, in The New Republic: "The period was always the humblest of punctuation marks. Recently, however, it’s started getting angry. I’ve noticed it in my text messages and online chats, where people use the period not simply to conclude a sentence, but to announce 'I am not happy about the sentence I just concluded.'"
newrepublic  language  grammar  linguistics  punctuation  texting  3844 
november 2013 by warnick
The death and life of great Internet cities
Joe Kloc looks back at online life before Facebook: "Petsburg was just one of the 40 neighborhoods that made up the metropolis of Geocities, which, in its 15 years of existence, housed some 38 million online residents. It was arguably the world’s first and last Internet city. Were it a physical place, it would have been by far the largest urban area in the world."
internetculture  history  geocities  onlinecommunities  digitalself  3844 
november 2013 by warnick
Inside a Twitter Robot Factory
The Wall Street Journal covers one of Twitter's uglier sides: "Today, he says he manages 10,000 robots for roughly 50 clients, who pay Mr. Vidmar to make them appear more popular and influential."
twitter  bots  socialmedia  3844 
november 2013 by warnick
What Screens Want
Some thoughts on digital canvases, by Frank Chimero: "A screen doesn’t care what it shows any more than a sheet of paper cares what’s printed on it. Screens are aesthetically neutral, so the looks of things are not a part of their grain. Sorry, internet. If you want to make something look flat, go for it. There are plenty of reasons to do so. But you shouldn’t say you made things look a certain way because the screen cared one way or the other."
frankchimero  webdesign  interface  ui  presentation  inspiration  4814  3844 
november 2013 by warnick
JPMorgan Shows Exactly How To Not Use Twitter
A great collection of tweets that tells the story of the #AskJPM debacle on Twitter. Big lesson: not every company can use social media in the same way.
twitter  bizcomm  casestudy  socialmedia  3844 
november 2013 by warnick
They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets
Ugh. This is the worst kind of story about social media. A shocking headline and a single anecdote somehow equals a trend. Of course, the reality is buried deep in the article: "I called admissions officials at 10 schools who agreed to interviews. Each official told me that it was not routine practice at his or her institution for admissions officers to use Google searches on applicants or to peruse their social media posts. Most said their school received so many applications to review — with essays, recommendations and, often, supplemental portfolios — that staff members wouldn’t be able to do extra research online. A few also felt that online investigations might lead to unfair or inconsistent treatment."
nytimes  socialmedia  college  admissions  3844 
november 2013 by warnick
This is You on Smiles
Dave Pell: "Digital photography provides so many images — and the access to those images is so immediate — that our actual memories or perceptions of a moment can be replaced by a digital memory in near realtime."
davepell  photography  internetculture  memory  3844 
october 2013 by warnick
The Case For Deleting All Your Apps
Charlie Warzel: "The cost is nil and the potential payoff is huge. Nuke your homescreen. Cleanse your phone."
ios  apps  simplicity  minimalism  technology  3844 
october 2013 by warnick
Why Microsoft Word must Die
Charlie Stross *really* doesn't like MS Word: "Microsoft Word is a tyrant of the imagination, a petty, unimaginative, inconsistent dictator that is ill-suited to any creative writer's use. Worse: it is a near-monopolist, dominating the word processing field. Its pervasive near-monopoly status has brainwashed software developers to such an extent that few can imagine a word processing tool that exists as anything other than as a shallow imitation of the Redmond Behemoth. But what exactly is wrong with it?"
charliestross  msword  software  interrogatingtheinterface  3844 
october 2013 by warnick
Young People Are Not as Digitally Native as You Think
Another nail in the coffin of the "digital native" myth: "The study, conducted by the Georgia Institute of Technology and the International Telecommunication Union, shows that only 30 percent of people ages 15 to 24 have spent at least five years actively using the Internet, the criterion used to define digital nativism."
digitalnatives  myth  youth  students  3844 
october 2013 by warnick
Twitter as a machine for book invention
Austin Kleon: "[F]or some of us, Twitter is where we first get our thoughts down. Twitter is our public notebook, the place where we think out loud, let other people think back at us, then hopefully think some more."
austinkleon  twitter  writing  process  3844 
october 2013 by warnick
This Story Stinks
Two researchers share their findings on the "nasty effect" in the NY Times: "The Web, it should be said, is still a marvelous place for public debate. But when it comes to reading and understanding news stories online — like this one, for example — the medium can have a surprisingly potent effect on the message. Comments from some readers, our research shows, can significantly distort what other readers think was reported in the first place."
internetculture  comments  onlinecommunities  3844 
october 2013 by warnick
Technology and the College Generation
NY Times: "'We have this perception that because students are fluent with things like smartphones and downloading music that they are born with chips embedded in them that make them technology wizards,' he said. 'They are no better at managing e-mail than anyone else.'"
nytimes  college  students  digitalnatives  millennials  email  3844  youth 
october 2013 by warnick
Line Mode Browser 2013
A working simulation of the line-mode browser, circa 1992. "[W]ouldn’t you like to get a feeling of what it was like to browse the web back then? Well, thanks to the power of modern web browsers, you can."
internet  history  browsers  3844 
october 2013 by warnick
Here's How Twitter Can Track You on All of Your Devices
Josh Harkinson explains why Twitter might be the greatest threat to online privacy: "Many of its 200 million users tweet from all of their devices—laptops, desktops, smartphones, iPads etc. That means Twitter has what only a handful of other tech titans possess: a digital Rosetta Stone that enables it to know who you are, wherever you are."
twitter  privacy  onlineidentity  advertising  motherjones  3844  digitalself 
october 2013 by warnick
Twitter Bios and What They Really Say
NY Times: "The Twitter bio is a postmodern art form, an opportunity in 160 characters or fewer to cleverly synopsize one’s professional and personal accomplishments, along with a carefully edited non sequitur or two. It lets the famous and the anonymous, athletes and accountants, surreal Dadaists and suburban dads alike demonstrate that they are special snowflakes with Wes Anderson-worthy quirks."
nytimes  twitter  socialmedia  onlineidentity  digitalself  3844  4814 
october 2013 by warnick
The complete history of Twitter as told through tortured descriptions of it in the New York Times
Matt Phillips: "I’ve culled some of the many thousands of times Twitter has appeared in the New York Times, from its first year in 2006 to the wall-to-wall coverage that accompanied its announcement of a planned IPO last month. Along the way, Times wordsmiths grappled with exactly how to explain an entirely new form of media to the American populace."
twitter  quartz  nytimes  socialmedia  3844 
october 2013 by warnick
How Blogging Makes You A Better Writer
Andrew Sullivan argues that regular blogging improved his writing style. OK, but I guess we'll have to ignore this glaring comma splice: "The thing about blogging is that it forces you to stop throat-clearing, its chatty, provisional nature mandates simplicity and clarity, and it punishes long-winded guff."
andrewsullivan  blogging  writing  style  3844 
september 2013 by warnick
Web Writing: Why and How for Liberal Arts Teaching and Learning
New book from Michigan Publishing, currently in open peer review. "This freely accessible scholarly book in-progress explores why online writing matters for liberal arts education and illustrates how students and faculty engage in this work, with digital examples and tutorials."
ebook  publishing  webwriting  3844  4814 
september 2013 by warnick
How Facebook Makes Us Unhappy
Nice review (with a misleading title) of several studies on social media and happiness: "The key to understanding why reputable studies are so starkly divided on the question of what Facebook does to our emotional state may be in simply looking at what people actually do when they’re on Facebook."
newyorker  socialmedia  happiness  facebook  research  3844 
september 2013 by warnick
The dumbest generation? No, Twitter is making kids smarter
Clive Thompson points to Andrea Lunsford's work as proof that technology has a positive impact on today's students: "[T]echnology doesn’t just make students better writers or more fluent. Digital tools also let them communicate easily with others – their peers, their friends and the world at large. And this, it turns out, can make them even more powerfully motivated to become genuinely (and wittily) literate."
clivethompson  twitter  socialmedia  education  youth  digitalliteracies  3844 
september 2013 by warnick
Everything you need to know about PRISM
The Verge: "A cheat sheet for the NSA's unprecedented surveillance programs."
theverge  surveillance  nsa  privacy  prism  3844 
september 2013 by warnick
Give Yourself 5 Stars? Online, It Might Cost You
NY Times report on a massive crackdown on fake online reviews of businesses: "The investigation revealed a web of deceit in which reviewers in Bangladesh, the Philippines and Eastern Europe produced, for as little as a dollar a rave, buckets of praise for places they had never seen in countries where they had never been."
nytimes  onlineidentity  ethos  research  credibility  3844  4814 
september 2013 by warnick
When I Moved Online...
Nice digital literacy narrative in the NY Times by Tao Lin: "Before the Internet, my parents were privy to most of my world. They saw whom I interacted with, where I was, what I was doing.... After the Internet, my parents were privy to much less and would only rarely, and with decreasing frequency, ask about what they no longer knew. 'What did you do on the Internet today?' was not a question I remember being asked."
nytimes  digitalliteracies  literacynarrative  internetculture  3844 
september 2013 by warnick
The Human Behind a Favorite Spambot, Horse_eBooks
Jacob Bakkila is revealed to be the human behind @Hores_ebooks. "The idea was to perform as a machine."
nytimes  weirdtwitter  twitter  bots  performance  3844 
september 2013 by warnick
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