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Kate Stone: DJ decks made of... paper | Video on

"I love paper, and I love technology," says physicist and former sheep herder Kate Stone, who's spent the past decade working to unite the two.
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How intriguing is this?


The potential for use and abuse are certainly there. A good reminder that it may not be the technology itself that is useful or abusable so much as it is the motivations behind the use and abuse of technology by those who "see" potential benefit and those who see potential personal gain.


Kind of hope that the paper publishing industry does not feel the need to load the outer margins of print materials, you know the edges where we naturally hold a book open or where we tend to grasp a page when turning to the next page, with advertisements.


And, of course it should be noted that this sort of abuse is just as much a potential abuse of today's digital readers.


But, let us not put on blinders simply because we can envision a good idea having a downside. 


Those downsides may be an invitation to consider how we model the value of establishing parameters upon our opinions while at the same time being open to the potential possibilities and problems of new technologies.


And, truthfully, there's really nothing new about this predicament is there?


And for reasons I don't know, this reminds me that my favorite part of teaching Persuasive Essay writing was the importance of including an honest and fair concession paragraph.


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John McWhorter: Txtng is killing language. JK!!! | Video on

Does texting mean the death of good writing skills? John McWhorter posits that there’s much more to texting -- linguistically, culturally -- than it seems, and it’s all good news.
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An intriguing defense of txtng. 


I'm not a huge fan of texting myself. I text occassionally, but still prefer to just type what I would say if standing near the person. I make few attempts to save "valuable time" by abbreviating the spelling of words I'm using. Though recently I've picked up suggestions that not doing so is somehow sending red flags that I'm too old to be paid any attention to by those so much younger than I am and apparently so much wiser than I am.


Actually, part of my resistance to using texting abbreviation is probably motivated by the same forces that I used to perceive in others as being signs of a Luddite. 


So how to respond to this challenging talk?


What did I hear that I hadn't sufficiently considered before?


And, what did I not hear that I think should also have been considered?


I won't bother you with my lengthy responses to both questions. I actually meant them to be rhetorical anyway.


But, I did hear several thought-provoking and potentially opinion shifting ideas producing a positive response that I had not previously held regarding texting. 


And, at the same time, there were a few concerns that I still have regarding texting's place in the development of effective communication between people or perhaps that comes inbetween people that weren't addressed.


That's all, I'm just saying.


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