warnick + digitalrhetoric   73

TACIT: Text Analysis, Collection, and Interpretation Tool
Interesting new text-mining toolkit from the University of Southern California. I'm especially intrigued by the promise of automated text collection from Twitter and Reddit.
textmining  digitalhumanities  digitalrhetoric  linguistics  twitter  reddit 
november 2015 by warnick
Rhetoric as Digital Pedagogy / Digital Pedagogy as Rhetoric
Doug Eyman's entry on "rhetoric" in the new MLA collection, Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities.
dougeyman  digitalrhetoric  digitalpedagogy  digitalhumanities 
august 2015 by warnick
How Facebook’s Algorithm Suppresses Content Diversity (Modestly) & How the Newsfeed Rules the Clicks
Zeynep Tufekci explains what Facebook's recent Science article really means: "[T]his study confirms that for this slice of politically-engaged sub-population, Facebook’s algorithm is a modest suppressor of diversity of content people see on Facebook, and that newsfeed placement is a profoundly powerful gatekeeper for click-through rates. This, not all the roundabout conversation about people’s choices, is the news."
facebook  algorithms  socialmedia  research  politics  digitalrhetoric 
may 2015 by warnick
I Read All the W3C Specs
Sanders Kleinfeld's great analysis of some incredibly dense, technical documents.
w3c  rhetoricalanalysis  digitalrhetoric  standards  internet 
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
Carly Fiorina failed to register this domain.
Digital rhetoric in action: "Carly Fiorina failed to register this domain. So I'm using it to tell you how many people she laid off at Hewlett-Packard."
digitalrhetoric  onlineadvocacy  singleservingsite 
may 2015 by warnick
The Bot Bubble: Click Farms Have Inflated Social Media Currency
Doug Bock Clark, in the New Republic: "Click farms jeopardize the existential foundation of social media: the idea that the interactions on it are between real people. Just as importantly, they undermine the assumption that advertisers can use the medium to efficiently reach real people who will shell out real money. More than $16 billion was spent worldwide on social media advertising in 2014; this money is the primary revenue for social media companies. If social media is no longer made up of people, what is it?"
newrepublic  facebook  socialmedia  spam  internetculture  digitalrhetoric 
april 2015 by warnick
Slack Off
Amanda Hess covers the hot new office communication tool, Slack, in Slate: "Given Slack’s knack for producing procrastination—Slack, it turns out, is not just a clever name—it’s not immediately clear why companies would be eager to get their workers on board. But Slack’s gamification of the workplace functions like a clever trap: Work is so fun, you never want to leave."
slack  bizcomm  communication  slate  digitalrhetoric 
april 2015 by warnick
Watch Me Write This Article
Chadwick Matlin reports on James Somers's new app, Draftback: "It’s a fascinating experiment that treats writing like data. After years of trying to build a program, Somers realized that Google Docs was already saving every keystroke we enter. So he hacked Google Docs to play documents back to their authors, materializing on the screen with every stutter-step inherent to the writing process."
writing  process  etherpad  googledocs  workflow  digitalrhetoric 
march 2015 by warnick
Taking Steps
Eric A. Meyer gets "Step Nined" on Facebook: "The things we build are almost always meant to make things faster, more efficient, easier. Perhaps, sometimes, they should be harder."
ericmeyer  facebook  apology  technology  internetculture  digitalrhetoric 
march 2015 by warnick
It’s Kind of Cheesy Being Green
Paul Ford, on the consequences of Apple's subtle (and petty?) choices: "Apple uses a soothing, on-brand blue for messages in its own texting platform, and a green akin to that of the Android robot logo for people texting from outside its ecosystem.... There are all sorts of reasons for them to use different colors.... However, one result of that decision is that a goofy class war is playing out over digital bubble colors. Their decision has observable social consequences."
apple  digitalculture  digitalrhetoric  texting  ux 
february 2015 by warnick
I Turned Caps Lock on for a Week and Everyone Hated It
Kashmir Hill reports on an interesting experiment: "Typing in all caps is perceived as an accident, an affront or a call for help. Typing in ALL CAPS arouses strong emotions in people. I know. I USED ALL CAPS FOR A WEEK AND PEOPLE HATED IT."
humor  internetculture  discourse  digitalrhetoric 
february 2015 by warnick
The Danger of Reading the Comments
Betsy Woodruff reports on new research about online health discussions: "So what’s a public service announcer to do when competing with cyberspace’s hordes? For starters, said Berger, don’t ban comments. People are going to find ways to opine, and trying to keep them from doing so is a Sisyphean task. Plus, announcers who ban comments are missing an opportunity, as good comments can boost a PSA’s impact. So instead of preventing responses, groups like the CDC should look for ways to encourage their supporters to post positive responses"
internetculture  comments  discourse  credibility  digitalrhetoric 
february 2015 by warnick
Twitter Jokes and the Philosophical Origins of Humor
Gene Buonaccorsi, in the Atlantic: "As people continue to develop a sort of collective literacy of the tweet as a narrative form, Twitter’s uses and styles are evolving into an entirely new dialect. Except maybe it’s not entirely new. While the platform has created new subtextual categories for communicating, Twitter often showcases classic philosophical theories of humor in action. In other words, the platform is new but the narrative structure is ancient."
twitter  humor  digitalrhetoric 
february 2015 by warnick
They Feel "Blessed"
Jessica Bennett on the #blessed trend: "There’s nothing quite like invoking holiness as a way to brag about your life. But calling something “blessed” has become the go-to term for those who want to boast about an accomplishment while pretending to be humble, fish for a compliment, acknowledge a success (without sounding too conceited), or purposely elicit envy."
twitter  socialmedia  hashtag  religion  internetculture  digitalrhetoric 
february 2015 by warnick
Hashtags considered #harmful
Daniel Victor: "I believe hashtags are aesthetically damaging. I believe a tweet free of hashtags is more pleasing to the eye, more easily consumed, and thus more likely to be retweeted (which is a proven way of growing your audience). I believe for every person who stumbles upon your tweet via hashtag, you’re likely turning off many more who are put off by hashtag overuse. We need not banish the hashtag, but let’s start putting more thought into when we’re using it."
twitter  hashtag  socialmedia  internetculture  digitalrhetoric 
february 2015 by warnick
How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life
Jon Ronson on social media shaming, in the NY Times: "[I]n those early days, the collective fury felt righteous, powerful and effective. It felt as if hierarchies were being dismantled, as if justice were being democratized. As time passed, though, I watched these shame campaigns multiply, to the point that they targeted not just powerful institutions and public figures but really anyone perceived to have done something offensive. I also began to marvel at the disconnect between the severity of the crime and the gleeful savagery of the punishment. It almost felt as if shamings were now happening for their own sake, as if they were following a script."
nytimes  socialmedia  justinesacco  internetculture  digitalrhetoric  digitalself 
february 2015 by warnick
Twitter CEO admits that the service is terrible at dealing with trolls
The Verge obtains a leaked memo by Dick Costolo: "We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we've sucked at it for years. It's no secret and the rest of the world talks about it every day. We lose core user after core user by not addressing simple trolling issues that they face every day."
twitter  internetculture  trolling  discourse  digitalrhetoric 
february 2015 by warnick
Meet the Ultimate WikiGnome
Andrew McMillen: "Henderson has now made over 47,000 edits to the site since 2007, virtually all of them addressing this one linguistic pet peeve. Article by article, week by week, Henderson redacts imperfect sentences, tightening them almost imperceptibly."
wikipedia  grammar  editing  internetculture  digitalrhetoric 
february 2015 by warnick
All My Blogs Are Dead
Carter Maness considers the ephemeral nature of the internet: "We assume everything we publish online will be preserved. But websites that pay for writing are businesses. They get sold, forgotten and broken. Eventually, someone flips the switch and pulls it all down. Hosting charges are eliminated, and domain names slip quietly back into the pool. What’s left behind once the cache clears?"
internet  archive  journalism  digitalrhetoric 
february 2015 by warnick
Never trust a corporation to do a library’s job
Andy Baio, on Medium: "As it turns out, organizing the world’s information isn’t always profitable. Projects that preserve the past for the public good aren’t really a big profit center. Old Google knew that, but didn’t seem to care.... Google may have dropped the ball on the past, but fortunately, someone was there to pick it up."
andybaio  mediumdotcom  internet  history  archive  digitalrhetoric  videogames 
january 2015 by warnick
Instagram’s Graveyard Shift
Jeff Sharlet, in the NY Times: "When I was first drawn into this nighttime Insta­gram grid, I was looking for a distraction, for ­images to displace the thoughts that had agitated me to exhaustion. What I found instead was something that seemed descended from Walt Whitman’s 'Democratic Vistas,' his great prose poem of an essay that was really a proposal for a new kind of literature, a way of speaking, a way of seeing."
nytimes  instagram  socialmedia  hashtag  research  digitalrhetoric 
january 2015 by warnick
Yik Yak Rhetorics
Jeff Rice, in Inside Higher Ed: "Yik Yak is admission that there is no private without the public. Social media have always been a space that – because of the sense of proximity – feels private, but is, in fact, public."
jeffrice  ihe  yikyak  socialmedia  privacy  onlineidentity  digitalself  digitalrhetoric 
january 2015 by warnick
A Few Notes on Grumbling
Joshua Rothman, in The New Yorker: "If HTML had a <grumble> tag, how much of Facebook, Twitter, and—especially—Yelp would be surrounded by <grumble></grumble>?"
newyorker  negativity  internetculture  digitalrhetoric 
january 2015 by warnick
The invasion boards that set out to ruin lives
Jay Allen, on Boing Boing: "The internet has entered our lives: it's no longer a a virtual world where nothing is real. It's a tool that people use every day to stay in contact with their friends and family and conduct business. And this integration of the internet with our lives—and the trails we leave as we use it—has become a new weapon for the hateful and bored to lash out."
boingboing  gamergate  4chan  trolling  doxxing  harassment  internetculture  digitalrhetoric 
january 2015 by warnick
Why These Tweets Are Called My Back
Shaadi Devereaux, in the New Inquiry: "We are Toxic Twitter. The unnamed women frothing at the mouth in our underground internet lair who emerge only during the full moon of each news cycle to drink the blood of your favorite white feminists. Whenever you hear the refrain 'Twitter is going to get you!' from the mouths of everyone from Oprah to CNN pundits, we are who they are referring to. We are bad for your career. We are bad for brands. We say good things, but watch out or we’ll swallow you whole."
twitter  socialmedia  feminism  activism  digitalrhetoric 
january 2015 by warnick
Narrative framing of consumer sentiment in online restaurant reviews
Interesting article in First Monday: "To explore the narratives that consumers use to frame positive and negative sentiment online, we computationally investigate linguistic structure in 900,000 online restaurant reviews."
firstmonday  research  onlinereviews  digitalrhetoric 
january 2015 by warnick
The Art of the Amateur Online Review
Nice NY Times article about new academic research into online reviews. Notably missing: Jo Mackiewicz's work.
nytimes  onlinereviews  research  digitalrhetoric 
january 2015 by warnick
How to Be Liked by Everyone Online
Pamela Paul, in the NY Times: "Followers are for religious leaders, for gurus, for motivational speakers, and I am none of these things. Even as a child, I was more bystander than Queen Bee; girls with followers scared me. Followers can turn on you; they travel in packs. Yet now I am told every day, sometimes by the minute, that someone is following me, and that this is good news. Person You’ve Never Heard Of is following you, Facebook announces with a ping. Guy You Went Out With Just Once 10 Years Ago is following you, Twitter says. You have 15,000 followers. This, we are meant to understand, is favorable and flattering."
nytimes  internetculture  socialmedia  digitalrhetoric 
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
In defense of “slacktivism”: The Human Rights Campaign Facebook logo as digital activism
Stephanie Vie, in First Monday: "This article suggests that even small moves of support, such as changing one’s Facebook status to a memetic image, assist by demonstrating a supportive environment for those who identify with marginalized groups and by drawing awareness to important causes. Often dismissed as 'slacktivism,' I argue instead that the digital activism made possible through social media memes can build awareness of crucial issues, which can then lead to action."
firstmonday  activism  onlineadvocacy  digitalrhetoric  facebook  socialmedia 
january 2015 by warnick
The year of outrage 2014: Everything you were angry about on social media this year.
Amazing (and thoroughly depressing) interactive site: "Slate tracked what everyone was outraged about every day in 2014. Explore by clicking the tiles below, and then scroll down to read about how outrage has taken over our lives."
slate  internetculture  anger  socialmedia  digitalrhetoric 
december 2014 by warnick
Parable of the Polygons
Lovely interactive demonstration of how societies become segregated and what we can do to fix that: "Look around you. Your friends, your colleagues, that conference you're attending. If you're all triangles, you're missing out on some amazing squares in your life - that's unfair to everyone. Reach out, beyond your immediate neighbors."
game  racism  segregation  visualization  digitalrhetoric  parable 
december 2014 by warnick
Do Artifacts Have Ethics?
Michael Sacasas poses 41 great questions about technology. "The question is not whether technology has a moral dimension, the question is whether we recognize it or not. In fact, technology’s moral dimension is inescapable, layered, and multi-faceted."
michaelsacasas  technology  ethics  digitalrhetoric 
december 2014 by warnick
Ten hours of walking in NYC as a woman
Possible case study for my Rhetoric in Digital Environments class.
digitalrhetoric  onlineadvocacy  feminism 
november 2014 by warnick
Exhibiting .gifs: An Interview with curator Jason Eppink
Some nice theorizing about GIFs here: "I propose the primary purpose of the reaction GIFs is gesture: they’re a language tool that allows the user to perform a gesture in a context that is mainly text-based."
gif  digitalculture  digitalrhetoric  images 
november 2014 by warnick
No SQL: The Shifting Materialities of Database Technology
Paul Dourish, in Computational Culture: "Databases make the world. They do so in at least two ways. The first and more trivial of these is that the world is increasingly made up of databases, as digital technologies continue to supplement, surround, or displace other forms of record keeping. The second and more consequential way in which databases make the world, though, is that this very spread of digital forms means that we increasingly understand, talk about, think about, and describe the world as the sort of thing that can be encoded and represented in a database."
database  levmanovich  pauldourish  digitalrhetoric 
november 2014 by warnick
Social Media and Academic Surveillance: The Ethics of Digital Bodies
Dorothy Kim: "This is how academics need to understand Twitter: a multivalent, rhizomatic platform with voices that form communities, conversations, and can talk back or even shout back if they so choose. Twitter as a public space does not mean academics have permission to make digital bodies data points or experimental cells in a petri dish."
socialmedia  surveillance  research  ethics  digitalrhetoric 
october 2014 by warnick
Digital Rhetoric Wiki
A great resource created by students at James Madison University.
digitalrhetoric 
september 2014 by warnick
Ditching Twitter
Erin Kissane on the state of Twitter: "None of us are angry about everything, or even most things, but in the whole slimy pond of troubles there is something to injure every one of us in a particular and personal way that makes us turn to the stream and yell this is bullshit. And each shout makes the water rise a little higher, because how can you not respond to your friends when they’re in pain? Add in the flood of information and emotion from something like Ferguson (or war crimes or an epidemic) and there we all are, gradually drowning."
erinkissane  twitter  negativity  digitalrhetoric  internetculture 
september 2014 by warnick
Dealing With Digital Cruelty
"In the virtual world, anonymity and invisibility help us feel uninhibited. Some people are inspired to behave with greater kindness; others unleash their dark side. Trolls, who some researchers think could be mentally unbalanced, say the kinds of things that do not warrant deep introspection; their singular goal is to elicit pain. But then there are those people whose comments, while nasty, present an opportunity to learn something about ourselves."
nytimes  digitalrhetoric  comments  negativity 
september 2014 by warnick
Dealing With Digital Cruelty
"In the virtual world, anonymity and invisibility help us feel uninhibited. Some people are inspired to behave with greater kindness; others unleash their dark side. Trolls, who some researchers think could be mentally unbalanced, say the kinds of things that do not warrant deep introspection; their singular goal is to elicit pain. But then there are those people whose comments, while nasty, present an opportunity to learn something about ourselves."
nytimes  digitalrhetoric  comments  negativity 
september 2014 by warnick
Just Kill All of the Comments Already
Nicholas Jackson, on the recent controversy over Gawker's commenting system: "Plenty of people have argued that comments can have value, and that publishers should invest in moderators and the development of tech-based solutions that can cut out the irrelevant and offensive. It’s interesting, though, that nobody making that argument—as far as I’ve seen—has worked as a comment moderator for a large publisher before."
comments  gawker  onlinecommunities  discourse  digitalrhetoric 
september 2014 by warnick
Twitter Will Crack Down on Trolls After Robin Williams' Daughter Was Bullied Off Network
I agree with Shirley Li: "It's a step in the right direction, but Twitter's policies may not be enough to stem the flow of trolls that abuse users across the board. The abuse doesn't just take the form of inappropriate or mean comments—trolls will create account after account, so the victim has to repeatedly block them. It's not a minor nuisance—it's harassment."
twitter  robinwilliams  bullying  harassment  digitalrhetoric 
september 2014 by warnick
Michael Sacasas explores the state of discourse on the internet
"We’re in need of another Socrates who will teach us once again that the way of wisdom starts with a deep awareness of our own ignorance. Of course, we’d kill him too, after a good skewering on Twitter, and probably without the dignity of hemlock. A posthumous skewering would follow, naturally, after the video of his death got passed around on Reddit and Youtube."
michaelsacasas  discourse  digitalrhetoric 
september 2014 by warnick
The steel man of #GamerGate
Robin Sloan explains why we should talk to our opponents rather than our allies, and why we should replace straw men with "steel men." Can debate on the internet be fixed? Maybe.
debate  rhetoric  digitalrhetoric  empathy  robinsloan 
september 2014 by warnick
The U.S. Digital Services Playbook
Interesting new site from the U.S. CIO: "The American people expect to interact with government through digital channels such as websites, email, and mobile applications. By building better digital services that meet the needs of the people that use our services, we can make the delivery of our policy and programs more effective."
government  digitalrhetoric  webdevelopment 
september 2014 by warnick
The Internet of Words
Ted Striphas, in the Chronicle: "Changes in the language are as much a part of the story of technology as innovative new products, high-stakes mergers and acquisitions, and charismatic corporate leaders. They bear witness to the emergence of new technological realities, yet they also help facilitate them. Facebook wouldn’t have a billion-plus users absent some compelling features. It also wouldn’t have them without people like me first coming to terms with the new semantics of friendship."
socialmedia  language  internetculture  digitalrhetoric 
september 2014 by warnick
Crowdsource Control
Interesting interview with researcher Sinan Aral, who shows how easy it is to manipulate online opinions: "It turned out that we could actually create a very big effect from just a single positive or negatively manipulated vote."
onlinereviews  persuasion  psychology  digitalrhetoric  research 
october 2013 by warnick
Ian Bogost on “Procedural Rhetoric”
Video of Bogost's talk at the Media Systems event: "Bogost’s procedural rhetoric is a theory about how and why to do operationalization, or other forms of procedural representation, rather than a project to operationalize certain elements of pre-existing rhetorical practice."
ianbogost  proceduralrhetoric  rhetoric  digitalrhetoric  video 
october 2013 by warnick
To Code or Not to Code: The Consequences of Act-Consequence Relations in Argumentation
Chris Lindgren's analysis of a Twitter debate between Bill Hart-Davidson and Karl Stolley. A nice example of how rhetorical analysis can be applied to conversations on social media.
digitalrhetoric  coding  debate  rhetoricalanalysis  socialmedia 
august 2013 by warnick
We get the net—and society—we build
Jeff Jarvis on creating a better internet: "This is not government’s problem. This is our problem. Your problem. My problem. Every time we link to, laugh at, and retweet — and retweet and retweet and retweet — personal attacks on people, we only invite more of the same. And every time we do *not* call out someone and scold them for their uncivil behavior, we condone that behavior and invite more of it."
jeffjarvis  internetculture  discourse  digitalrhetoric  digitalself 
january 2013 by warnick
The Science of Why Comment Trolls Suck
"[I]t appeared that pushing people's emotional buttons, through derogatory comments, made them double down on their preexisting beliefs."
motherjones  comments  internetculture  trolling  digitalrhetoric  digitalself 
january 2013 by warnick
What Ancient Greek Rhetoric Might Teach Us About New Civics
Ethan Zuckerman: "If we want to prepare people to be effective citizens, we need to think about teaching this new civics as well as older forms of civic participation. Citizens need to do more than watch or read about the issues and then vote. They need to know how to report, to advocate, to coordinate, to propose and test solutions."
ethanzuckerman  digitalcivics  digitalrhetoric  3844 
december 2012 by warnick
Code? Not So Much
Bill Hart-Davidson: "As a digital rhetorician, I make software for the same reasons I write journal articles or teach classes: to put ideas into the world in a way that might make a difference. But I don’t write the code. I hire folks who do. And that’s…ok."
billhartdavidson  code  digitalrhetoric  opinion 
october 2012 by warnick
Expanding the Available Means of Composing: Three Sites of Inquiry
Great piece in Enculturation by Matthew Davis, Kevin Brock, and Stephen J. McElroy.
enculturation  digitalrhetoric  rhetcomp  publication 
october 2012 by warnick
Carolyn Miller interview about digital rhetoric
"Rhetoricians do, I think, need to understand the technologies themselves more intimately than many of us do: we need to engage with the practices we are trying to theorize and critique, to teach and to improve. Some, for example, may need to learn software programming."
carolynmiller  digitalrhetoric  interview 
august 2012 by warnick
Guidelines for Evaluating Work in Digital Humanities and Digital Media
The MLA issues new guidelines: "The pace of technological change makes it impossible for any one set of guidelines to account completely for the ways digital media and the digital humanities are influencing literacies, literatures, and the teaching of modern languages. A general principle nonetheless holds: institutions that recruit or review scholars working in digital media or digital humanities must give full regard to their work when evaluating them for reappointment, tenure, and promotion."
digitalhumanities  scholarship  tenure  mla  digitalrhetoric  publication  guidelines 
may 2012 by warnick
Save Stadium Woods
Online campaign to prevent Virginia Tech from using 11 acres of old-growth forest for a new football practice facility. Interesting case study in digital rhetoric.
vt  digitalrhetoric  casestudy  stadiumwoods 
may 2012 by warnick
Stry.us
"We don’t care much about big headlines or news of the day, and we’re not easily distracted. We’re just a band of reporters in pursuit of great storytelling. We tell stories about the issues that affect our lives." (Bonus: beautiful, responsive web design.)
webdesign  digitalrhetoric  storytelling  newmedia  journalism  responsive 
may 2012 by warnick
Explain Like A Pro
Interesting new Reddit, billed as "[a] friendly place to ask questions and get professional level answers, without fear of judgement or prejudice."
reddit  ethos  digitalrhetoric  research  casestudy 
april 2012 by warnick
Blockbuster Effects
Kickstarter demonstrates that big, successful projects (like Double Fine Adventure) actually help other, smaller projects: "Projects aren't fighting over a finite pool of Kickstarter dollars or backers. One project's backer isn't another project's loss. The backers that one project brings often end up backing other projects as well. Each project is not only promoting itself, but the Kickstarter ecosystem as a whole."
kickstarter  doublefine  casestudy  digitalrhetoric 
march 2012 by warnick
The 'tap essay' explained: How a unique story form blends old techniques and new technology
Great Poynter piece about Robin Sloan's "Fish" app: "As an essay, “Fish” is about how we have adopted certain ways of calling out good stuff on the Web – likes and faves – and yet we’re always moving on to the next thing.

"As an app, Fish is a post-Web way of structuring a narrative, a way of enhancing focus by eliminating choice. On the Web, each link offers a choice: keep reading this or see what’s on that other page? Fish, on the other hand, has no links, no back button, no way to skip ahead."
robinsloan  poynter  app  tapessay  digitalrhetoric  storytelling 
march 2012 by warnick
Fish: a tap essay
Robin Sloan's lovely iPhone/iPad app that explores "the difference between liking something on the internet and loving something on the internet." A perfect marriage of form and content.
robinsloan  internet  tapessay  app  digitalrhetoric  storytelling 
march 2012 by warnick
Double Fine's Kickstarter Campaign
The most successful Kickstarter campaign of all time. I'm not sure if this is a game-changer for the video game industry, or just further proof that already successful people (e.g., Louis CK, Radiohead) can bypass traditional publishing and distribution systems.
kickstarter  doublefine  videogames  fundraising  digitalrhetoric  research 
february 2012 by warnick
Center for Digital Storytelling
"An international nonprofit training, project development, and research organization that assists youth and adults around the world in using digital media tools to craft and record meaningful stories from their lives and share these stories in ways that enable learning, build community, and inspire justice."
digitalrhetoric  storytelling  multiliteracies 
february 2012 by warnick
Trolls
Paul Graham discusses the history of trolling and explains some of the strategies he uses at News.YC to prevent it. I like this bit: "If you disagree with something, it's easier to say "you suck" than to figure out and explain exactly what you disagree with. You're also safe that way from refutation. In this respect trolling is a lot like graffiti. Graffiti happens at the intersection of ambition and incompetence: people want to make their mark on the world, but have no other way to do it than literally making a mark on the world."
paulgraham  trolling  onlinecommunities  digitalrhetoric 
december 2011 by warnick
Dirtiest Web Jobs Increasing With Outrageous Spontaneous Expression: Tech - Bloomberg
Bloomberg Business Week on online community managers: "A lethal combination of anonymity, opinion and the safety of typing from a remote location all but guarantees that comment forums get out of hand, falling prey to the Hobbesian tirades of the Web’s most nasty, brutish and vocal denizens — hence, the increasing need for moderators ... to intervene and sanitize sites’ comment boards."
onlinecommunities  digitalrhetoric  communitymanagement  moderators  metafilter 
december 2011 by warnick
Beyond Comment Threads
Mozilla is holding a contest (of sorts) to fix/improve commenting on the web. Lots of interesting stuff here...
mozilla  comments  contest  blogging  digitalrhetoric 
may 2011 by warnick

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