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a thousand plateaus? meet wordle

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more on the book as playground and factory

I'm continuing a thread from my previous post here and picking up on some ideas from the conference on the Internet as Playground and Factory. The conference website makes the following argument: The revenues of today's social aggregators are promising but their speculative value exceeds billions of dollars. Capital manages to expropriate value from the […]

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digital ethics and scholarship: more on Technological Ecologies and Sustainability

As mentioned in the previous post, some further thoughts on the recently released Technological Ecologies and Sustainability (free download). Admittedly, I am skipping around somewhat in the collection and writing today about two of the pieces in the final section on "Sustaining Scholarship and the Environment:" "Sustainable Digital Ecologies and Considered Limits" by Lisa Lebduska […]

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preliminary thoughts on Technological Ecologies and Sustainability

I've started read Technological Ecologies and Sustainability eds. D├ánielle Nicole DeVoss, Heidi A. McKee, and Dickie Selfe: the first book out of the Computers and Composition Digital Press (available here). This new press is an exciting proposition and it's great to see it come to life. Though I'm just getting into the text,  Technological Ecologies […]

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reading is dead; long live reading

Steven Johnson writes for the Wall Street Journal on "How the E-Book Will Change the Way We Read and Write." Nick Carbone posts about this to the WPA list and a brief but instructive discussion ensues, particularly over this passage from Johnson about putting books online. Think of it as a permanent, global book club. […]

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anathem and the consolation of rhet/comp

With the semester over, I finally got the opportunity to read Neal Stephenson's Anathem. If you like Stephenson's work, particularly his more recent work, I think you will enjoy this novel. It is science fiction, but it often reads more like a Platonic dialogue with extensive philosphical conversations about time, space, and consciousness, generally articulated […]

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hunting and gathering in the digital age

I’m in the midst of reading Peter Morville’s Ambient Findability. His discussion of the connections between the contemporary challenges of human information interaction (HII) and our paleolithic cognitive wetware, as articulated in evolutionary psychology and elsewhere, interests me and connects with some of the thoughts I’ve written here about paleorhetoric, as well as in The […]

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Two Virtuals tag cloud

Inspired by Collin, I made this Wordle tag cloud of Two Virtuals.

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Cory Doctorow's Little Brother and the power of radical transparency

Read Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, which is a NYT bestseller even though you can download it for free from his site. It’s a Young Adult novel but it deals with some serious and interesting themes. Go out and read it. The novel is a powerful investigation of our civil rights in our "war on terror" […]

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when sorting things out is a bad thing

Richard Florida mentions Bill Bishop’s new book, The Big Sort.  The essential premise of the book is that as America has become more diverse, Americans have sought out homogeneity by moving into communities with people more like themselves. hurricane sandy personal loan This reminds me of Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash. Maybe this is just an […]