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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

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

Another day, another MOOC — #edcmooc

I’ve signed up for an already-in-progress MOOC course, “E-Learning and Digital Culture,” taught by a team of professors at the University of Edinburgh, which is encouraging students to use their blogs, Twitter accounts (@bobstep) and other online media as part

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Posted in Computers, Digital Culture, Education, media studies, socialnets

Celebrating a do-it-yourself Web apprenticeship

Updated Jan.15, the day of Aaron Swartz’s funeral; I changed the headline and added a few more links About finding things out for yourself. I first saw Aaron Swartz in 2000, when he visited MIT as a runner-up in a

Posted in Digital Culture, Education, HTML, Memorial, WebDesign, writing

Info overload: Web journalism tools and events

I’ve been spending more time in Twitter — and reading Web pages linked to it — than I have in my blog lately, but even among my own students I think Twitter and this blog are reaching slightly different audiences.

Posted in aggregators, Digital Culture, informationoverload, Internet, Journalism, socialnets, WebDesign

Generation C – for “connected”?

“Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the alphabet…” was my first reaction to the news that Nielsen has decided to assign another letter to a cohort of younger-than-me people. Some students might find “Generation C”

Posted in Digital Culture, students

Thinking about the future of news, with or without newspapers

Darn… Cyber scholar and new media thinker Clay Shirky was almost in town today and I missed him… When someone who was there posts a report, I’ll link to it here. Until then, I’ll let this ramble from link to link.

Posted in community, Digital Culture, hyperlocal, Journalism, News, Newspapers, Online-Only, Roanoke Times

The stand-up reporter and the question Siri won’t answer

March 16 update: Retraction There were fabrications in Mike Daisey’s story about Apple’s Chinese factory workers. See Ira Glass’s retraction: This American Life Retracts Story; Says It Can’t Vouch for the Truth of Mike Daisey’s Monologue about Apple in China “We didn’t

Posted in Digital Culture, Journalism, podcast, radio, storytelling

Celebrating first “summer of code,” Web launchings, 15 and 20 years ago

A few months more than 20 years ago, the pleasure boating monthly Soundings published an article headlined “Computers link boaters oceans apart,” probably the first time I managed to get something about the Internet into good-old-fashioned print.  The piece actually

Posted in AEJMC, Business, Computers, Digital Culture, History, hypertext, Internet, Journalism, Magazines
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