A well-writen desconstruction of the bullshit moral panic around "Internet addiction research." -- Howard Rheingold
""German scientists find 'internet-addiction gene'," said a headline on a German news site last week. Another site reported that scientists have "nailed down the gene responsible for internet addiction." Is it true? No, but its falseness is interesting for what it says both about the nature of our addictions and about how scientific researchers sometimes help journalists sensationalize research."
The need for digital literacy will become more pervasive with time. For instance, in our online engagements, we lack visual signals. We find it easier to ignore symbolic power online than offline. We may be (momentarily) compelled to say what we want without thinking of the consequences. We are also more inclined to shoot off the cuff, not check our facts. We are still novices in understanding how to use the social web in a meaningful and mindful manner.
This list was compiled at the start of the year. It's a useful checklist of the 'top 150 Social Media Marketing Blogs as of Jan ’12'. I'm not particularly fond of rankings, particularly when dealing with something as potentially nebulous as 'social media marketing'. But some of these blogs have useful material from thinkers who can acutally write, and are not always in 'sales-mode'.
I'm one of those people who finds the idea of Facebook becoming the Internet not just repulsive, but an affront to everything people subscribed to, when they first read the Cluetrain Manifesto. And it's going to get worse before it gets any better. I understand the irony of it all, when we are all using Facebook for all sorts of social, business and vanity purpose. But we need alternatives fast if the mainstream is going to get any better.
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I continue to wonder why online learning hasn't completely wiped out the 20th century University education system. I guess the promise of future stocks of social capital and a "future" career is one of the reasons. With universities becoming increasingly expensive commodities without any guarantees of a return on investment, low-cost online education may well make a comeback. Even if it starts with crafts and hobbies.
Scenario: Technology is developed by a twenty-something hacker. Hacker's company is now a listed company and needs to deliver ROI to its shareholders. Hacker's technology is now embraced by over 1 billion people worldwide, most of whom are not twenty-something, hackers, or have any clue about digital literacy, privacy online or the value of their data to the Hacker's ROI.
This is a very interesting article on the holy grail for Facebook alternatives, and the 'next big thing'. And why, for the time being, most people remain at the mercy of Mr Zuckerberg's toy.
Facebook announced Wednesday that it was rolling a new service in 20 countries that would enable users to promote their status updates -- for a price. The online branding of the self continues unabated. Soon, against payment, as for other media. Hopefully, alternative models will emerge from somewhere.
Yet another way of aggregating information about other people you may know, for the financial benefit of other people whom you definitely don't know. Served in a digital format that suits mobiles and tablets.
Key quote: "The Internet is the last frontier for American enterprise, but it is also a resource developed by the government that belongs to the people. Attempts to keep the government "out of the Internet" are not made to preserve the freedom of the American people; they are made to advance the neoliberal project. Only this time, there's not even a state to dismantle".
As streams of information become more popular on the Web, we need better ways to consume and manage them. Apps that allow you to aggregate content from different sources - Twitter, Facebook, blogs, news websites and more - may become very popular.
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Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.