Media, Technology, and Education
GamesSociety

Playing With Swine Flu

Everyone seems to be talking about and planning for the H1N1 virus these days.  My university, for example, sent out a memo to encourage us to plan for extended absences due…
FaceBookGamesPlay

Summer Play

As I've mentioned before, I'm chairing a panel at NeMLA in April about using Web 2.0 technologies to play.  Because of this panel, I've spent much of my summer playing…
DangersMediaSociety

New Kindle Developments

I was talking to my dad tonight about the Kindle.  He's a fan and wants one, but feels as though he doesn't read enough to justify the expense.  I've written about…
Games

Board Games ‘R Us

A friend of mine recently posted a list of board games that she had as a kid (and wished she had never gotten rid of).  She had quite an interesting…
AcademiaSocietyTeaching

Experiments in Online Education

Ian Schreiber, co-author of Challenges for Game Designers, is undertaking an interesting experiment in online education this summer.  He is offering an online course called Game Design Concepts via Web…
Making MeaningSociety

The Decision Engine

I've seen a couple of commercials on TV for Microsoft's newest product, Bing.  Microsoft claims that Bing is a "decision engine."   What exactly is a "decision engine"?  According to a press release from…
DangersSociety

Travesty of Justice

The Supreme Court yesterday ruled in a case from Alaska that the state does not have to provide physical evidence (which the state still has) to a man who has been in…
DangersSociety

Recycling

If you're anything like me, you probably have a couple of old, unused computers lying around your house gathering dust.  In my house, we had six computers until recently, two…
DangersSociety

Security Theater

Nothing captures the public's attention like a named killer.  Jack the Ripper.  The Boston Strangler.  Son of Sam.  Zodiac.  The Night Stalker.  The Green River Killer.   Last month, a new…
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…
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