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Friday Blogging, Academic Blogging

November 8th, 2013 · Comments Off on Friday Blogging, Academic Blogging

Two blog posts arguing the place of blogging in academic writing–“Blogs as Catalysts” by Daniel Little and “Six Years of Understanding Society” by Jay Ulfelder.  Both men make the case that blogging allows them to put ideas in play that they can hone into more polished academic work.  In the words Ulfelder: “You might say I’ve become an ‘open-source’ philosopher — as I get new ideas about a topic I develop them through the blog. This means that readers can observe ideas in motion.” Back in the 1970’s Monty Python’s Flying Circus had a skit about Thomas Hardy writing in front of cheering crowd, a comedy peace about writing as essentially solitary, but the dynamic Little and Ulfelder is the rough draft as public document not played for laughs, it’s about a reconceptualizing of private and public writing space.  Now, mixing those two things up is not always a good idea, but an “open-source” progression for an idea connect to a voice, an authorial voice, has interesting bibliographic possibilities in how different researchers may cite to different variations on the same idea.  That one idea may find itself in different research in different rhetorical lights…akin perhaps to the photographs of a person in the different periods of their life, the same person, but a distinct persona.


Tags: Essay on Technology · The Academic Internet

Thoughts on the Thesaurus

April 2nd, 2012 · Comments Off on Thoughts on the Thesaurus

…a lengthy essay/contemplation on the thesaurus written by Peter Mark Roget. When was the last time you thought about a thesaurus?  Apparently the original Roget thought creating one to be a exercise in spirituality, an exercise in bringing order to the universe.  Of course while thesaurus-speak can be justifiably sneered at, good Saxon based synonyms for management speak might be a reason to keep a thesaurus on the shelves (cyber or otherwise).  Read Roget’s piece and decide…

Tags: Essay on Bibliography · The Academic Internet

Adam Gopnik on “How the Internet Gets Inside Us”

March 1st, 2011 · Comments Off on Adam Gopnik on “How the Internet Gets Inside Us”

This is a review piece by Adam Gopnik, on 9 books about where the Internet is leading folks, and, more generally, society. Gopnik divides the book between the “Never Betters” (with the Internet  “…information will be free and democratic…cookies will bake themselves”), the “Better Nevers” (as in better it never happened), and the Ever Wasers (the Internet doesn’t really represent anything new).  His reviews are concise, eye-openingly sardonic, and Gopnik has many useful insights on technology himself.  One great one-liner for thinking about technology: “Yet surely having something wrapped right around your mind is different from having your mind wrapped tightly around something.”  This is a highly recommended article.

Tags: Essay on Technology · Information Studies · The Academic Internet

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

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

Friday Blogging, Books about Universities

August 27th, 2010 · Comments Off on Friday Blogging, Books about Universities

…with the new year upon us it seems like a good moment to set aside some part of a Saturday to read critiques, or recommendations, or memoirs of what goes for the life and times of the contemporary university:

…these are all published 2008, 09, and 2010. Grist for the mill.

Tags: Recommended Book · The Academic Internet

Updates on the Internet

May 12th, 2010 · Comments Off on Updates on the Internet

…getting going again, a few things on the “state of the Net.” This from Atlanticwire.com on the steady erosion of Internet Explorer’s market share. While still the biggest player, it continues to cede screens to Firefox and Chrome (to name two). While we’re at it here’s an interesting piece on the next iteration of Firefox, and something, maybe, on Chrome’s continued evolution into an operating system.

Tags: Information Studies · The Academic Internet

Friday Blogging, iPads

April 16th, 2010 · Comments Off on Friday Blogging, iPads

…okay, I promise, last one, but it appears that Israeli Security Forces are confiscating iPads. It has something to do with Wi-Fi issues, and is likely to end at the end of May, but for now taking a iPad into Israel is kissing it goodbye.  Coverage on this from the Tech-HeraldComputerworld, and PC Magazine

Tags: Computer Security · Essay on Technology · The Academic Internet

More on the iPad

April 13th, 2010 · Comments Off on More on the iPad

Google and Microsoft answer…

Further, there is more (here from the New York Times) about Apple restricting what developers can do with the product, putting the breaks on reverse engineering.  Of course Apple’s answer is that it is providing a flexible platform that is all about user convenience…with the caveat that the gears are Apple’s–you own the chassis, not the engine.  Maybe this isn’t an issue, but at $250 a pop plus it sure feels like we are moving away from a garage friendly environment for developing computing to one that is thoroughly proprietary, off limits proprietary.  Human beings are at more liberty when they operate in a context of understanding…you could investigate analog technology, you could investigate HTML.  Within investigation comes curiosity, to answer curiosity there is imagine.  There is frankly something insidious about the iPad…

Tags: Essay on Technology · Google · The Academic Internet

Network Neutrality Update

April 8th, 2010 · Comments Off on Network Neutrality Update

Earlier in the week Federal Courts ruled against the Federal Communications Commission in the FCC’s attempt to establish network neutrality for the flow of internet content (for a background on network neutrality see Edward Felten’s essay).  This has debate about network neutrality back front and center…between those who think network neutrality is a thinly veiled attempt to over-regulate the communications industry, and those who argue it is an essential step in keeping the internet playing field level.  A sampling of commentary on the ruling and opinion pieces on network neutrality below:

Tags: Essay on Technology · The Academic Internet

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