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  • Jan 20, 10

    One could argue, however, that with the additional enticements that Crest provided — thousands of free movie screenings, as well as sponsored Def Jam concerts — a brand of hemorrhoid cream could have attracted a similar number of nominal “fans.”

    • Members are understandably reluctant to become shills.
      • Yeah. But I've re-tweeted stuff before in the hopes of, for instance, winning a new MacBook. And that's an obvious way to become a shill. Maybe so obvious that it doesn't bother me too much.

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      • This article is a little frightening to me. But I see it so much at home now. Seth, when his homework is done, goes on the computer to play games, or watch a Strongbad email; or is on his DS or the PS2 playing a game. Even when he goes to bed, he has his iPod on and listens to music. And he's 12. What'll it be like when he gets a phone?

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  • Jan 26, 10

    PDF on fair use in education--good guide to understanding when it's okay to include copyrighted materials in educational work.

  • Jan 26, 10

    Nice piece on the vagaries of copyright (& not exclusive to US, though Doctorow is an SF writer).

    • usually pronounced LOLL-kat, with the "lol" not being an initialism;
    • cat macro, since the images are a type of image macro

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  • Jan 26, 10

    Piece on the remix of the clip of Hitler ranting in his bunker from the 2004 film Downfall. The final embedded clip is very interesting--the whole blasting of self-referentiality is very ironic.

  • Jan 27, 10

    Adam Savage talks about creating his own replicas of a dodo skeleton and the Maltese Falcon movie prop.

    • Adam Savage talks about his fascination with the dodo bird, and how it led him on a strange and surprising double quest. It's an entertaining adventure through the mind of a creative obsessive.
    • It's very nice to see someone so enthusiastic and open to the world talk about how their mind works, especially when it chimes with how I personally work and think. I feel that the real message of this talk isn't about the objects but how an idea can grow and develop just by being left in your head (and a hard drive) until conditions change in a way that makes different aspects those thoughts and ideas bloom into productive tangents

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  • Jan 29, 10

    Wesch talk to LOC about his YouTube ethnography project at Mediated Cultures

  • Feb 02, 10

    I love this presentation format. 5 minutes, 20 slides auto-advancing every 15 seconds. Enlighten us, but be quick!

  • Feb 02, 10

    "If newcomers can directly observe the practices of experts, they understand the broader context"

  • Feb 03, 10

    Cooley's argument about how identity works

  • Feb 03, 10

    Cool piece on how Twitter can become a place for narcissism.

  • Feb 17, 10

    Collection from the MetaFilter community blog about privacy issues--mostly generated by the Google Buzz failure upon launch.

    • I actually went into a bank the other day. Even though it was I that was physically entering their space, I felt so intruded upon! As soon as I stepped in, everybody there was instantly able to read my gender, height, weight, hair color, eye color, even my shoe size! It was so invasive. They could make assumptions about my socioeconomic status, age, and other really important, PRIVATE information. It was mortifying knowing that I would then have to trust them with the quantitative raw data about how much I'm worth. I was tempted to just cash the check and run screaming.
       And it only got worse. I opened my mouth to speak and I can only imagine that they could tell where I was from the second I asked for a pen. I remember dreading wearing a dress, for the skin on my legs and arms was showing. It wouldn't be necessary to check any boxes about my ethnicity or background (and I felt the wave of relief when I looked around and saw that there were none). But they knew my face. From multiple angles. The way it moved and all of the little details that I had no control over. It was worse than a thousand pictures. I longed for a 2-dimensional pixel disguise.
       I remember as I left, it occurred to me that not only could I not protect myself from all the prying eyes on my very being, but my very clothing and accessories...were leaking the cherished details about my life I've tried so hard to protect. Brand names as identity markers. Beads of sweat pushing through the very fibers of my meticulously selected day's cloaking. I wrung my unringed hands and tried to inconspicuously shuffle to a mass transit station, hiding my face status, so nobody would know how I really felt inside.
       When I got home, I wept. For all of those who were making large purchases. I prayed they got home safely. And for those with children...I cried for them too, knowing how every moment in public was one where they would be exposed to a harsh, prying world.
       I spent the rest of the evening, rocking back and forth in a chair, comforted by a warm blue glow.
    • I was kind of an insufferable teenager, in a lot of ways. Myself now and myself then would not get along very well, at all. Not just in terms of maturity -- I'm a different sort of person than I was then. The stuff I felt passionate about back then is either unimportant to me now, or downright distasteful, or both.
       I'm glad that only a dozen or so people that I still care about have much knowledge of the kind of person that I was back then. And that those people can't easily have their memories refreshed by reading my writings and watching video of me from that era.

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  • Feb 17, 10

    Hanging Out, Messing Around, Geeking Out: Living and Learning with New Media (full text of book available here through Creative Commons license.

  • Mar 30, 10

    Shows trends in discussions on social media sites. Searchable.

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