13 novembre 2019

Members Only

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Members Only
This article describes a website called 'Late Night Shots', a social network for the Georgetown elite. Serious language and content warning. Everything people think happens on MySpace (but doesn't) appears most likely to be happening on LNS. This is a very detailed and well researched article (compare with the quality of journalism the Chronicle of Higher Education is offering, above) exposing everything people fear about the internet. Via Crooked Timber, where Scott McLemee points to the cultural politics of the comments section. More...

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Pimp My Course

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Pimp My Course
Alan Levine sums up this article - yet another anti-technology screed in the Chronicle - with one word: Loser. More snark, is now New Kid on the Hallway describes it, correctly. "What's particularly disturbing about this column is that much of his dismissal of educational technology seems to be inspired by a deep contempt for his students." Quite so. The blog Twice says the article "was kind of funny." Geeky Mom asks, "Why is it that we never see articles in the Chronicle about successful uses of technology in the classroom?" Aacademic Hack writes, "If I had time I would point out everything that is wrong with the Chronicle piece." Pharyngula writes, "It seems to be nothing but a long whine about modern teaching technologies - it's rather pathetic, actually, but the Chronicle seems to have a fondness for running occasional articles from defensive, confused Luddites". More...

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By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. TouchGraph
Another on of those web visualization tools that works both for Google searches and Facebook accounts. The star of the show, though, is the Java application that grabs the websites' favicons and uses them to illustrate the connected network of related sites. Alan Levine covers it in a recent post, on which Scott leslie opines, "touchgraph has been around a long time, but man is this much improved. Nice find". More...

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Underwhelmed by iTunes U

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Underwhelmed by iTunes U
Good point about iTunes U from Jim Groom as he criticizes the general impression being fostered that "'everyone' is doing it." He notes, "In Virginia it seems like UVa, William&Mary, VCU, Radford, Va Tech, and many more have jumped on the bus. Why are they doing it? It could be because they haven't been playing with more sophisticated, web-based options for media-casting, aggregating, and customizing their own space with free, open source applications that have easily accessible RSS feeds built in". More...

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Is Web 2.0 a Manifesto for Anarchism?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Is Web 2.0 a Manifesto for Anarchism?
I had some discussions in Duluth on the nature of anarchism - understood strictly as 'no government'. So this post, a wonderful look at Colin Ward's Anarchy in Action, originally published in 1973, in today's context. "Could Web 2.0 likewise be a transitory period of flux, or does it offer a means of relating to each other, and to power, that could enable a 'permanent revolution'? None of us has a crystal ball. More...

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By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Duluth

I'm home from Duluth after a nice four days at the foot of Lake Superior and as usual have a set of photos to share. Stephen Downes, Flickr July 13, 2007 [Link] [Tags: ]. More...

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A Very Silly Challenge

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. A Very Silly Challenge
I've commented on some blogs about the U.S. News and World Report college rankings. This article takes on another silly ranking system, the newsweek ranking of U.S. high schools. More...

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My Sicko Turn

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. My Sicko Turn
Just for the record: I do not know of any Canadian who would exchange our health care system. Every citizen is insured and where we all receive free health care when we need it. Americans should know this. They are told a lot by the various media - but none of their media can ever explain why we stand by our system despite intense pressure from U.S. companies to change it, to privatize it. I think the same motivations inform our education system. More...

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How to Win When You Lose

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. How to Win When You Lose
I'm writing from the airport in Toronto, so we'll keep today's newsletter short. This is a nice item listing how to benefit from loss and defeat - or at least, how to make it bearable. I like the Japanese saying: "Fall seven times. Stand up eight." Now I should say, I don't think of life in terms of winning and losing, victory and defeat. More...

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A Web of Connections: Why the Read/Write Web Changes Everything

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. A Web of Connections: Why the Read/Write Web Changes Everything
Wiki pages used by Will Richardson to support his talk from yesterday here in Duluth. Link that got the biggest chuckle from me: this page detailing errors in a physics textbook. More...

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