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The Big Three – The Accidental Creative

The Big Three – The Accidental Creative

I couldn’t read Part Two of Todd Henry’s “The Accidental Creative” without implementing Henry’s Big Three plan for better creativity in my own life. He says he always keeps a list of his Big Three projects that have the most desperate need of creativity. He keeps it posted in his office, but he also keeps … Continue reading

Activism and the Internet

Sometimes I feel as if I am on a roller coaster of information awareness about the usefulness of media/technology/mass communication tools. In this week’s reading, the focus is on internet activism, but those specific arguments reflect the entire trajectory of the internet as a tool (and perhaps even the entire progression of mass communication tools). … Continue reading

Kony is the new Komen

Kony is the new Komen

In today’s age of 140-character message limits and ever-shortening attention spans,  a 30-minute video that manages to go viral cannot be ignored. There is something in that video worth paying attention to. And my suspicion is there are many things about the video that are contributing to its attention-grabbing success. The nearly overnight sensation of … Continue reading

Wikipedia & Politics

Two more sources for today… First, you can’t talk about internet collaboration without understanding and theorizing about the success of wikis. This scholarly article looks at just that: “Wiki: A technology for conversational knowledge management and group collaboration” And in light of today’s announcement about Putin’s supposed win in Russia, this article from The Cutting … Continue reading

Sources to keep up with

Perhaps this would be a good place to list other relevant research collection points. I’m finding a bunch of new sites I’d never spent much time on before: Trendspotting Gizmodo Berkman Center for Internet & Society SEOmoz Blog      

Komen and communities

“What Susan G Komen doesn’t understand about communities and you should,” is an informative article from SEOmoz connecting online communities and how they interact to the Susan G. Komen funding situation. It will inform the case-study portion of my research. It describes some ways communities are vastly different from those that existed in the pre-internet … Continue reading

Final thoughts on Carr

We’ve finished the book “The Shallows” and I wanted to reflect once more on what I’m walking away from it thinking about. First of all, I’ve solidified a common theme amidst the books I’ve read in this Interactive Media program. When it comes to new technologies and how they shape society, people theorize endlessly about … Continue reading

In which Clay Shirky does the work for me

I thought a good place to start in my research collecting would be with the sites Clay Shirky finds interesting and the research, ideas, etc. he compiles online. One could say Clay Shirky is curating thoughts about society’s collaborative use of the internet. And he’s got quite a few resources for me. Thanks, Mr. Shirky. … Continue reading