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Municipal dysfunction… Repairs in the works

My mobile phone sure does not like the city website. The new mayor says a new website is in the works… and meanwhile he uses Facebook for announcements, pictures, and even live videos. There must be a better way.

Posted in 2018, civics, communication, photography, public affairs, Radford

Facebook and facing forward

We have had our first ice storm of the winter here in Southwest Virginia. In an entirely unrelated development, I injured my right hand last month so I’m playing less music lately, but down at the Floyd Country Store the

Posted in 2018, Appalachia, communication, Digital Culture, Facebook, Floyd, Internet, Online-Only, Social media

Gone into the new ether

I found out yesterday that I have lost a friend, just an acquaintance really, but someone whose interests and mine overlapped in this new ethereal world of social media and online research.    Jimbo should have become obsessed with at least

Posted in 2017, biography, Blogging, communication, Memorial, oldtime radio, personal, podcasting, socialnets

Feeling my Net age

The Associated Press has announced that on June 1 its AP Stylebook will cease capitalizing Internet and Web. The news on Facebook looked like this, with a good reminder that the internet and the web are not the same thing,

Posted in communication, Computers, Internet, Journalism, Technology

Another month, another MOOC

Now I’m studying “Communication Science” at the University of Amsterdam via Coursera.org One of my classmates used a system called Zeemaps to let students post their locations visually. Here’s the result so far: The map can zoom in to show

Posted in 2014, communication, Digital Culture, Education, Internet, MOOCs, socialnets

Utopias, communication, education & #edcmooc

Our #edcmooc online course discussion topics include technological utopias and dystopias, coincidentally a theme in the Digital Culture program created by David Bogen and colleagues at Emerson College in Boston. I joined the team in 2000. My class was called

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Posted in communication, Digital Culture, Education, fiction, MOOCs, Newspapers, writing

Reading Doug Thompson on Veterans Day

Update: Doug’s condition was listed as “good” after 20 days in the hospital, according to a page one story in the Roanoke Times on Dec.2, with a cautionary line that the term is relative, and that he is in need

Posted in communication, community, Floyd, Journalism, personal, photography, Roanoke Times, storytelling

Six brief news writing tips — or are they?

Every semester I tell students in the introductory news writing class that the basics of writing in a news style will be useful in other types of writing. Take this list, for example: Keep it brief. Be concise, simple and

Posted in Android, communication, Journalism, Newspapers, Online-Only, usability, WebDesign, writing

Verizon 4G stands “for grief”

Using a Verizon 4G LTE hotspot as my main Internet connection over semester break — and working on research “in the cloud” —  has been piling frustrations on frustrations. They look like the picture at the right. An article at

Posted in Android, communication, Internet, Verizon, Wifi

End of semester links for students who follow my blogs

For Web design or  journalism students getting interested in programming, or programmers getting interested in journalism, see my bookmarks tagged with the keywords “Journalism” and “Programming” at delicious.com. For Portrayal of the Journalist in Popular Culture students who need one

Posted in communication, Computers, Data, Journalism, Radford, students, Twitter, WebDesign, WordPress
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