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Monthly Archives: September 2009

Speed of memes

Messages spread much quicker than they used to…but satire still reigns supreme as a means of creating artifacts for sharing cultural humour. Yo Kanye, I’mma let you have one of the best memes of all time discusses how changes in cultural memes are influenced by collective “knowing what to do”: What’s most remarkable about this [...]

Untangling the web

Networks serve as a useful model to describe electricity grids, business activity, the internet, spread of diseases, and even obesity. Caution is warranted, however, in over emphasizing networks. In themselves, networks reveal a structure and mode of organizing. They can serve as both a foundation on which to build societal structures (such as education) and [...]

Microsoft and Google

For most of the late 80′s and into early 2000, innovation on the desktop seemed slow or even non-existent. Microsoft dominated the personal computer experience. That has changed. Between Apple, Google, and open source software, innovation abounds. New devices (iPhone), views of software (cloud computing), and applications (Google Docs) have generated a new spirit of [...]

Identity, memory, death, and the internet

Dave Cormier offers an insightful (and touching) post on how identity and memory are preserved online. He compares the passing of a colleague (last year) and his brother (20 years ago) and how they are remembered today. The identity people create online today is, in a sense, a gift to their children and future generations. [...]

Taming digital distractions

Forget multitasking. The real challenge many people face in work productivity is coping with distractions. I find it rather easy to ignore activities I ought to be doing with sites like YouTube, Twitter, Google News, Facebook, and Google Reader at my finger tips. It’s always been easy to find distractions (going for coffee with a [...]

The Future of Work

Britannica is getting sloppy with their blog postings. Most posts – even ones I disagree with – are usually fairly well thoughtout. Then, they post this: The Future World of Work: Flexible and Decentralized. The post is poorly presented and largely speculative. Most obvious is the generational argument. Work in organizations is changing. That has [...]

Thoughts on new learning

With CCK09 now underway, I’m having a bit of trouble keeping up with posts and reflections of learners. We encourage individuals to set up blogs (or use Moodle, SecondLife, whatever else)…and reading blog posts takes more effort than reading discussion forums. Discussion forum posts are generally shorter and the context is often established by the [...]


Location and immediacy are two big trends developing in part to mobile devices – constant connectivity enables us to receive information in context – i.e. location…and microblogging produces a constant flow of information. The implications of immediacy is particularly interesting. What used to be an off the record comment can now be broadcast immediately. Consider [...]

Why Studies About Multitasking Are Missing The Point

Multitasking has gotten bad publicity recently. I personally don’t think I multitask – I task switch. Some people can task switch rapidly. Others prefer to focus on one element at a time. However, this article – why studies about multitasking Are missing the point – takes a different stance. The author states: “If you judge [...]

Information rich…and attention poor

Information rich, and attention poor addresses a frustration many of us feel: there’s too much! it’s all going too fast! I agree with the author that attention is the attribute in greatest demand today. But that misses an important point: abundance is not simply more, it’s also different. Which means (and the author addresses this [...]