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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

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 film course coming up… Marriage and the Movies

This should be fun. I’m enrolled in Wesleyan University’s latest Coursera “Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), a film history course taught by the head of the film studies program at my alma mater. Listed below are the movies we’ll be watching and

Posted in 2014, Education, film, Internet, MOOCs, movies, popular culture, wesleyan

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

Trailing the Lonesome Pine — finding a musical centennial

This square dance was what really stuck the line “… On the Trail of the Lonesome Pine” in my head. I’ve since learned The Trail didn’t stop (or start) with the dance, but you can watch it, then sing along for

Posted in Internet, Internet Archive, MOOCs, movies, popular culture, Virginia

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

Verizon Wireless Hotspot Still Not So Hot

Update: VZWsupport folks at Twitter have been helpful, offering a different MiFi device, the Verizon Jetpack™ 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi® 4510L. Quick look at customer reviews found “much better” comments from some users who upgraded from the Samsung I’ve

Posted in Android, Internet, Verizon, Wifi

Early online-newspaper nostalgia

Niemanlab.org on: The forgotten history of Access Atlanta, one of the early Web’s most innovative newspapers CJR.org on: The San Jose Mercury, The Newspaper That Almost Seized the Future Prodigy, mentioned in one or both of those recent articles, was

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Posted in Internet, Journalism, Newspapers, Online-Only, Technology

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

Google offers data-analysis tools, liposuction for stats

Uses: Inspiration from washing machines, Rebecca Black GoogleLabs has a new data-mining tool,  Correlate, which allows folks with data (got data?) to use Google’s algorithms to dig through numbers and visualize meaning. Business folks will love to compare brands; political

Posted in Computers, Data, Google, Internet, Reporting, Technology
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