I’m rather sad to be writing what may be my final post on this blog. But it’s served its purpose pretty well.

This is an amazing (and a bit frightening?) story about DARPA using Twitter for a competition.

And here’s the link to WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg’s ten interesting (all male-written) blogs.

In the same post he references this plug-in to help you write more correctly. I’m very cautious of all such services–I firmly believe that we should learn how to edit our own writing because we learn how to consciously make choices, not let the computer make them for us. However, I realized after looking at the link to ways After the Deadline can help with diacritical marks that a hole in this course has been our lack of focus or attention on international blogging. And I’d appreciate the help with French accents, for example…


It’s amazing, but the end of the term is upon us. To wit, please complete the following tasks for Wednesday:

1) Choose one person in your group (or more, up to you!) to do an audio post on Tumblr. Let’s experiment with what could be the next wave of blogging. Okay, I’m overstating it, but we are all attached to our phones, right? You can find instructions on the “Goodies” page of your Tumblr Dashboard.

2) Critique, with an equal emphasis on the positive and the to-be-improved, each others’ group blogs in a comment on this post. Members of each group will complete this assignment individually, but feel free to talk about it among yourselves. Here’s the round robin:

Idiot of the Day will critique Beat Strugs
Beat Strugs will critique It’s Not You…
It’s Not You…will critique The Blogozine
The Blogozine will critique Idiot of the Day

Think about the following questions:

  • As a reader of this blog, how well is it fulfilling your expectations for a curated space about its topic?
  • How do you find the balance of content forms–images, links, text, etc.
  • Do you enjoy the reblogged content or the original content more/less/indifferent ways? Explain.
  • What do you feel like you are learning from the blog?

A few helpful HTML-related links for your enjoyment; feel free to send me more:
HTML examples

Wikipedia on HTML, with assorted links


Web design group at UM

Here’s a preview of what you’ll see at this funny link, courtesy Arthur:

And Jordan sends along this interesting Opinion piece by Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google on how Google can help newspapers.

If you have questions about your portfolios or the final essay, please be sure to get in touch. Or send more links along!

If you missed class today I posted the portfolio guidelines on the “Assignments” page of this blog.

For Monday, please play around a bit with this web site:


Nine European museums have gotten together to let you play curator with their collections. The connection to our current activities is, I hope, obvious. What do you think? Can you imagine something like this being useful for political material, or for collections of online objects other than art?


More links! You don’t have to read these, but gosh I wish you would check out a couple of them. Our conversation in class today got me searching for some more Kindle-related answers, and I found this article in the New Yorker by Nicholson Baker on the Kindle, as well as this live chat with Baker afterward. The live chat is particularly interesting, and you need not have read the article first to basically understand it.

I wasn’t aware of the service one of the live chat commenters mentions, Times 2.0. It appears to be a subscription service that gives you a version of the Times that feels even more like holding the paper in your hands, with real-time updates. A partial solution to journalism’s troubles?

A commenter also mentions Kindle for the iPod–I just tried it and I like it A LOT. Brighter screen, can share books with the Kindle, remembers what page you are on when you go back and forth. (But, shorter battery life, smaller screen…) That last one is amazing, and a little creepy. The “tethered” nature of these devices gives me a little pause. I’m really not sure I like corporations knowing what I read. But then, I order lots of books online, so they know anyway, and they more or less know when I use my credit card to buy books as well. Only libraries are still safe. Did you know you have to have a subpoena to get someone’s library records? Although it’s easier now for the government with the Patriot Act…

Finally, yet another commenter references Sven Birkerts article in the Atlantic Monthly about what we loose when we go from page to screen reading. I haven’t read this one yet, but I’ll spend part of my afternoon doing just that!

That’s it for Kindle links, but I also found this article about professional blogging–covers some topics we have already discussed re: non-democracy of the paid blogger online crowd, but interesting nonetheless.

Amended this post to add a link to a GREAT and scary article title “Google and the New Digital Future” in the latest New York Review of Books. People, I can’t quite keep up with this stuff…Read this one, if you can.

And here’s Adie’s fabulous link about Princeton’s pilot of the Kindle in classes in lieu of textbooks.

Full article here.

Also, from the founder of WordPress, a post on microblogging vs. megablogging, and how to think about incorporating your Twitter feed into your blog.

Amended this post to include some fabulous links you’ve submitted:

Social networks and kids (Thanks, Anthony)

The end of music (Thanks, Sarah)

TV vs Web consumption (Thanks to my husband)

The UK’s best handheld (Thanks, Sarah)

View 1,143 comments (mostly hateful) on the Facebook page of the woman who crashed the State dinner last week (Thanks, Jordan)

For discussion after the break, I’d like you to consider the rhetoric of twitter and the implications of comments. These links require more reading than you might expect, so allow some time for this assignment. Please post a comment to this link with thoughts on the questions.

First, please consume (read & watch) this link. What do you think of the writer’s points about twitter rhetoric (narrative flowing backwards, messages removed from context). How has twittering and reading classmates’ tweets so far changed the way you’re thinking about information?

Second, please read this article by Timothy Egan AND THE COMMENTS (you can skim, but I would like you to attempt to get through them all.) Are comments at all useful in conducting online discussion and debate? Why or why not? Can you think of a better way to harness the democracy the web allows but to somehow mediate the throng?

Please write a post on your individual blogs over the break that explicitly solicits comments from your readers.

Finally, here are two additional links I’d like to discuss next Monday.

Allison Glock: “I Blame Blogs”

“Did You Know 4.0”

I’ll be on email (& Google Wave–wavemail?) sporadically from Wed-Sun. Happy Thanksgiving.