Media, Technology, and Education
AcademiaMaking MeaningMedia

NeMLA 2010

There have been quite a few stories that have captured my attention in the nearly six month break that I've taken from writing entries in this blog.  I will be…
Making MeaningMediaSociety

Failed Predictions

Predicting the future is a notoriously difficult endeavor and yet there is never a shortage of people willing to play the game, especially at the end of a year.  Many…
DangersFaceBookSociety

FaceBook: A Hotel California?

Robin forwarded an article called How Sticky Is Membership on FaceBook?  Just Try Breaking Free from the New York Times.  Of course, because I'm completely addicted to FaceBook, my first…
FaceBookGames

Mob Wars

I have recently been playing Mob Wars on FB. I started because Ann and Liz both invited me to be part of their mobs. I nearly stopped playing after Thanksgiving…
Media

Missing in Action

Clearly, I have been missing in action.  The only thing I have to say about that is that my real life (as opposed to this, online, unreal life) has been…
AcademiaTeaching

Isn’t It Ironic?

The MediaShift blog on PBS's web site (written by Mark Glaser and which I highly recommend) recently reported an interesting story about the experience one of its interns had in…
FaceBookGames

Parking Wars

Earlier this month, I was out for drinks with colleagues. Most of us are friends on FaceBook as well as in real life. A new colleague, Marylena, mentioned that one…
AcademiaMedia

Fringe

I am watching a new show on Fox tonight.  It is called Fringe and it's from JJ Abrams, the guy who developed Lost which is one of my favorite shows of all time. …
Teaching

AcademHack

My last post about my frustration with our faculty day speaker prompted some interesting discussion, with several people sharing their own, similar frustrations. So I thought I'd see if I…
Games

Honorarium

More proof of Ian Bogost's brilliance comes in the form of an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education.  It describes his new game Honorarium.
DangersSociety

You Can’t Always Believe Your Eyes

In yet another step toward hyperreality, it has been revealed that the opening ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics were (partially) faked. If you watched the spectacle on television, you were…
FaceBookMaking MeaningSociety

FaceBook Revisited

In honor of the recent release of the remake of Brideshead Revisited, I thought it might be interesting to revisit FaceBook.  I've been using FaceBook for nearly a month now…
Games

Kinds of Fun

Sit10 commented on my last entry that a friend had once told her that there is a difference between what men and women find funny. Men laugh because they think,…
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