Cognitive Surplus Chapter 5 “Culture”

Internet culture is an odd thing.  Every site has it’s own peculiarities but despite being made up of people from all over the world, each of these communities have built their own rules and personality. The Haifa day-care experiment’s outcome is seen quite frequently on many web communities.  Go to any Youtube video and you…

Blogging and Journalism

Is there a difference? In this age of connectivity, anyone can write something and have it accessible nearly anywhere in the world.  When I finish this blog post, I will be “publishing” my words.  Big name news sites are just as easily found as small town newspapers and those who aren’t part of the standard…

Flickr and Diigo

First of all, I’m not sure how much of these social services are for me.  I enjoy the tagging elements and the ability to access your info from any computer, but having all that info public isn’t something that I care for.  Generally (as in besides this blog), I like to keep my public life…

Social Media and Revolution

While social media can be a powerful force, I feel Malcolm Galdwell’s view of “strong-tie” activism is the stronger method. The organization of a group makes it much more effective and can guide those members towards their task better.  The ability to plan and address possible problems, strengthens all those involved and unites them.  The…

Other Useful Blogs

Here’s some interesting blogs I enjoy. dailymtg.com (redirects to http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Default.aspx) Magic: the Gathering site, run by the Wizards of the Coast company, details interesting details about the current cards sets, recent tournament standings, and other goings on with the game.  It is less of a traditional blog site, like Word Press or Blogspot, but it has…