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Future of Magazines, Google and the Press

December 7th, 2010 · Comments Off on Future of Magazines, Google and the Press

…obviously, a hiatus from blogging (and not one that was planned).  Well with the first appreciable snow fall here in Canton, we resume, with a vengeance! (Blogging, tobogganing, blogging while tobogganing and all the joys of winter in Northern New York.) Two things that caught my eye in recent weeks, one, Andrew Sullivan’s comments on the future of Newsweek and magazines generally (more on this this week), and also Alexis Madrigal reporting on the Google Book algorithm.

Tags: Books · Essay on Bibliography · Essay on Technology · Google

Lessig on Teaching Mashups

October 18th, 2010 · Comments Off on Lessig on Teaching Mashups

…as a follow up to this summer past’s blogging on the Creative Commons, Lawrence Lessig has an article in the Huffington Post–a rambling article which includes commentary on being misquoted in the great othersphere known as the Internet–in which he calls for remixing to find its place in the school curriculum, or, at least, that kids should be taught that the remix is a creative skill akin to writing or drawing.  That one could really get them going in the teacher’s lounge…

Tags: Creative Commons · Essay on Technology

National Virtual Library

October 14th, 2010 · Comments Off on National Virtual Library

Robert Darnton doesn’t trust Google. That is to say, he doesn’t trust Google to necessarily behave in the best interest of the public trust.  He is the author of The Case for Books: Past, Present, and Future and in a recent New York Times editorial, he echoes a call he makes in the book for a National Digital Library.  This would be a collection of e-texts drawn from books essential to American Democracy.  It’s an interesting contemplation of what public institutions are and should do in compliment and contrast to Google…

Tags: Books · Essay on Technology · Google · Research How-To

Google and the End of Privacy?

October 6th, 2010 · Comments Off on Google and the End of Privacy?

Atlantic Magazine recently pointed to a number of articles in which top executives at Google (such as CEO Eric Schmidt) have made statements that suggest they see Google applications so thoroughly embedded in people’s lives that any real sense of privacy, if privacy is defined as the ability to control information about oneself, disappears.  These articles are:

Now Google isn’t the only online company in the world with privacy issues (think Facebook), but vision of human computer interaction here is one that makes one pause over what Google could possibly mean by “evil” in their famous slogan…

Tags: Computer Security · Essay on Technology · Google · Yikes!

Facebook as Fiction

October 5th, 2010 · Comments Off on Facebook as Fiction

…Joanna Weiss of the Boston Globe writes an interesting piece on Facebook today, as she argues that when we are on Facebook “we’re buying into a collection illusion.”

Tags: Essay on Technology · Facebooked

Friday Blogging, Term Paper Mills

October 1st, 2010 · Comments Off on Friday Blogging, Term Paper Mills

…an interesting little note on Term Paper Mills. With the advent of the Internet a fear arose that Term Paper Mills, those folks who, for a fee, will write you a paper, had been given the perfect delivery mechanism.  A few years ago this fear on campus was palpable, and there was even services one could avail oneself to to create libraries of student work on foil these online paper mills at their own digital game.  Dan Ariely, a professor of Behavioral Economics at Duke University, did an experiment this fall to text the quality of the product produced, which he concluded is “best described as gibberish.” His argument is that the papers are so bad intellectually and technically that an student submitting one would rue the day…one less worry?

Tags: Computer Security · Essay on Technology · Research How-To · The Academic Internet

Blogging Again, Google Anon

September 29th, 2010 · Comments Off on Blogging Again, Google Anon

…not that that last post on dictionaries required this much rest, but, indeed, I’ve been amiss with blogging here, but, with this post, am getting back in the game.  What better to get back in the game with then Google!  Google just turned twelve (I’m fond of pointing out when I do presentations on G that for all of its cultural significance it’s younger than three of my four children…), and with this birthday comes the Google instant search, which the company claims knocks two seconds off every Google search (if I did the math I’m sure I could tell how quickly I’d get to a day from two seconds a search).   The Toronto Globe and Mail is also reporting that the instant search comes complete with a Blacklist, that is words which will no longer bring back any results.  The intention is to prevent accidental encounters with pornography, but one can’t help but think back on George Carlin, and his “seven words you can’t say on T.V.” routine…

…on a somewhat different track at Slate Farhad Manjoo has an interesting contemplation of the extensive (obsessive?) press coverage that Apple and Google receive…

Tags: Essay on Technology · Google

Friday Blogging, Pointing Here and There

September 3rd, 2010 · Comments Off on Friday Blogging, Pointing Here and There

…as this overly heated week finally comes to a close, a few pointers here and there.  One is to this guide on five things to keep in mind about interlibrary loan services that should help you make the best use of this service…

…also, on our other happening blog for the Friends of the Owen D. Young and Launders Libraries, a post about Oxford University Press’ decision (most likely) to publish the Oxford English Dictionary only online.  You’ll see the post is titled “Lament,” but the New York Times opines that an online edition will best reflect that “Language is a living organism“…more commentary on this next week…

Tags: Books · Essay on Technology · The Academic Internet

Facebook Censorship

August 25th, 2010 · Comments Off on Facebook Censorship

Writing on the Huffington Post Ryan Grim comments on Facebook’s decision to refuse advertisements by groups advocating the legalization of marijuana.  Like any for-profit publication medium, Facebook has every right to accept or reject whatever advertising it cares to accept or reject, but  how many Facebook users conceptualize of Facebook as a cafe or commons.  That Facebook is social media works against the notion that it may be playing by publishers rules, and thus raises questions about what, when, and why Facebook censors.  Let the buyer beware, Facebook is Newsweek

Tags: Essay on Technology · Facebooked

Summer Blog, Creative Commons

July 19th, 2010 · Comments Off on Summer Blog, Creative Commons

…when thinking about what the CC is trying to do with/for digital mediums, one should think about open source computing, and what open source is trying to accomplish.  A seminal figure in the creation of open source programs is Richard Stallman, who developed GNU, and open source operating system.  Along with his incredible work as a programmer (see Rebel Code: The Inside Story of Linux and the Open Source Revolution by Glynn Moody for a lucid description of Stallman’s work and accomplishments…) he is the author of the Free Software Definition.  While the title is exceedingly prosaic, this is in fact one of the most important statements for access to software as a right, as an essential part of living in our society.  If you are interested in thinking about ownership and access to media this short document should receive careful review, and certainly figures into thinking about the CC…

Tags: Creative Commons · Essay on Technology

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