David Cameron contemplates restricting social media in the UK, reversing his pre-Riot position.
Excellent overview. Tools, particularly aggregators.
Uncompensated labor; corporate uses of fans' creative energy and UGcontent, lack of control over the uses to which one's digital artifacts are put; the "impossibility" of extracting oneself from social networks. My word: imbricated.
Well-known and -regarded article that cautions youth against "being used." Marxist analysis.
Shared in advance of the MobiityShifts conference at the New School, which he is organizing.
Very well done overview
data visualization of tweets following east coast (locus=Virginia) quake
Possible solutions to combat the distraction factor
Does banning work?
I would add: does it work in the workplace?
Siva Vaidhyanathan cited at the end: sometimes he wants students to shut their laptops.
Ask students to interrogate the rhetoric of this piece. Assumptions, elided information and POVs.
Does distaction actually impede learning?
Many of these pieces are by Cathy Davidson. Excellent materials. Mine the metadata.
Attention blindness is the fundamental structuring principle of the brain, and I believe that it presents us with a tremendous opportunity. My take is different from that of many neuroscientists: Where they perceive the shortcomings of the individual, I sense an opportunity for collaboration.
The 20th century taught us that completing one task before starting another one was the route to success. Everything about 20th-century education, like the 20th-century workplace, has been designed to reinforce our attention to regular, systematic tasks that we take to completion.
Last in a 3-part series.
Syllabus for Cathy Davidson's hybrid class "This is Your Brain on the Internet." See esp. course assignments and readings (on brain plasticity). My versions: Immordino-Yang and Damasio....
Note "contract grading." See also the collaborative final the students authored.
UCR study 5K participants culled from their iLab and a survey company that gets study participants.