henry jenkins webcast archive.

ACRL has released the archive of media culture guru Henry Jenkins' Springboard Webcast, in which I jaw briefly and also managed to liveblog earlier this month. Also, you can listen to a podcast interview between Jenkins and David Free, College & Research Libraries News editor. In my opinion, Jenkins is the academic producing work with... Continue Reading →

henry jenkins acrl springboard event

I had the opportunity to speak with ACRL President Julie Todaro this afternoon for a minute while introducing a free ACRL-hosted "springboard" webcast featuring Henry Jenkins of, among other things, Project NML. He's pretty much the sharpest tool in the media literacy shed, and what follows are some notes from his talk (he speaks very... Continue Reading →

ignorance is bliss.

Last week Slate and the New York Times reported on Still at Risk: What Students Don't Know, Even Now, a just-released Common Core survey that sheds dismal light on the basic factual knowledge of today's high school students in areas such as history and literature. I'm not particularly surprised by the findings - the authors... Continue Reading →

confessions of a luddite technophile.

Upon discovering that I’ve never had an internet connection at home, a friend of mine recently described this as “unbelievable.” Although I feel like I know plenty of people that don’t have household web access (especially now that most wireless signals are password protected), she’s technically right – a large majority of of American homes... Continue Reading →

2008 internet predictions and top searches.

A brief pre-chicken fried quail xmas post (yes, I'm still in Texas): Read/write web has released their 2008 web predictions - there's a lot of consensus among the group that Google is likely to struggle in both social network building and public image-wise, which I agree with. Among other predictions - semantic web apps are likely to gain ground,... Continue Reading →

a few more thoughts on google knol.

I've mulled it over a spell and have come up with one slightly less critical thought on Google knol. A potential positive - users can rate, edit, comment on, and question articles, which may lead to a more visible and interesting conversation than in Wikipedia discussion pages. My main question about article edits is this... Continue Reading →

mashup contest: student created video parodies

CNI Project Briefing Tuesday December 11 at 10:30 by Anu Vedantham, director of the Weigle Information Commons and Peter Decherney, Assistant Professor of English and Cinema Studies Weigle Information Commons (collaborative digital multimedia lab) film trailer mashup contest in collaboration with faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. Permission culture vs. remix culture - clash between... Continue Reading →

internet bill of rights

Italy and Brazil are up to something good - the Italian Undersecretary for Communications Luigi Vimercati and Brazil's pop-star turned Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil have issued a Joint Declaration on Internet Rights(pdf), which proposes the creation of an international "Internet Bill of Rights." Among its key provisions: "Privacy, data protection, freedom of expression, universal... Continue Reading →

miro: the populist media player

Miro is a rad new open-source, non-proprietary desktop media player with tons of functionality - it plays any video file format, allows video feed subscriptions, features 1,500 free channels, and has a built-in BitTorrent feature. I've been messing with it for about five minutes and am completely sold. The best part? Miro is nonprofit-run and... Continue Reading →


An article in today's Chronicle of Higher Ed profiles Wikiscanner, a database created by one Virgil Griffith that allows you to track anonymous Wikipedia edits to their source by page title, organization, or IP range. In other words, this an excellent way to demonstrate 1) the way corporations, private entities, famous types, government offices, etcetera... Continue Reading →

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