November, 2009

Apocalypse Aesthetics

For an increasing number of people, daily experience has become an aggregation of linked passages through old, familiar and new networks. I borrow the specific usage of the word “new” from Christiane Paul’s distinction of the word in her introduction to her book Digital Art.

Google and Rupert Murdoch: a Love Story

Monday, word leaked that Microsoft approached Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp (and others) about “de-indexing” their news content from Google.  The move would give Microsoft’s new search engine Bing exclusive rights to news content from the Wall Street Journal and Fox News.  The news media and blogosphere was abuzz with wonder and recrimination.

Acknowledging Our Cyborgness in Education and Beyond

Two weeks ago the Danish government started a pilot program allowing college students to use Internet during exams (see the news article here). They are planning on extending the program to all of schools in the country by 2011. At first look this seems like a simple policy change. However, when I read the news article it seemed to me more than this.

The Weekly Round-Up: Barnes & Noble’s Nook vs. Amazon’s Kindle Vs. Sony’s Daily Edition Reader this Holiday Season

I remember returning home for Christmas during my freshman year of college.  In my semester at school, I found myself enjoying writing papers for my English classes far more than my second go-around with Calculus (which, didn’t turn out much better than the first ).  On December 25, I reached into my bright-red stocking and found a hard-cover copy of Strunk and White’s Elements of Style.  With the rise of new e-book readers out this winter, it looks as though digital stocking stuffers may be more popular than in year

2012 and the Future of Future

The new sci-fi thriller 2012 portrays a series of catastrophic events predicted by the Mayans, Nostradamus, and ancient scriptures from all corners of the world.  Although the apocalyptic theme this isn’t the most original idea for a movie (Independence Day, Armageddon, Deep Impact were pretty similar), I will probably throw down my $10.85 at some point this up-coming Thanksgiving weekend to digest the mayhem (besides, I rarely miss a Danny Glover flick).

Some Academics Have More Fun

Academic writing requires a certain level of formality across the board, but I am interested in when and why norms form around certain disciplines that allow for a little more fun. Of course, I know most everyone finds a certain level of pleasure in their disciplinary homes whatever they are, but I offer the following special cases for consideration.

I Will Bow and Be Exceptionalist

My sixth grade English teacher always told us “Good manners are better than good grammar.” On an Asian Pacific tour this week, President Obama exhibited what it means to have “good manners” and in the process drew the fire of conservative grammar regarding the infamous bow seen round the world.

The Weekly Round-Up: Media Convergence

Anyone who has taken CCT 505 can tell you a little bit about media convergence, the topic of Henry Jenkins’ book, Convergence Culture. In the book, Jenkins’ notes: “…once a medium establishes itself as satisfying some core human demand, it continues to Convergence Culturefunction within the larger system of communication options…Printed words did not kill spoken words. Cinema did not kill theater. Television did not kill radio.

The Good, the Bad, and the Cloudy: Cloud Computing as a Computerization Movement

Have you noticed there is an omni-presence of cloud computing in the popular technology media these days!?  I am currently reading an excellent social informatics book on Computerization Movements and Technology Diffusion by Elliott & Kraemer that I think can help provide a way to view the various ongoing technological hype with a clear head and a fresh perspective.  In brief, computerization movements refer to a kind of social and technological movement that promotes the adoption of comp