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.

There are TONS of interesting news articles and tidbits to share today:

The Times reports on how Twitter is evolving (soon!) based on users’ ideas–giving the people what they want, again. This is a must read.

On a similar topic, a fabulous article in Wired reports on how users took over Twitter. (Thanks, Adam)

Author Neil Gaiman is going to start tweeting a new book. (Thanks, Sarah)

An NPR music critic is tweeting his music reviews–get an opinion on a whole album in 140 characters. (Thanks again, Sarah)

This summer, Time Magazine reported on tweeting the world’s longest poem.

Finally, here’s a link to the DemoGirl video for beginning tweeters we watched in class yesterday. So now you can look up other DemoGirl videos, or make your own with ScreenToaster.

Have more links to share? Send them to me, or comment on the post–or tweet them yourselves!

For Wednesday, October 28th, your assignment is to experiment with Twitter and to continue blogging. Please add me to your Twitter feed. If you want to keep tweeting after the course ends, you can block me or ask me to unfollow you–I won’t mind. I also hope you will all follow each other!

In preparation for our trip to the art museum on Wednesday, you may want to take a look at the museum web site, which contains oodles of interesting info on current and future exhibitions. Also, please read and examine the following scans from Richard Barnes’s book Animal Logic. Barnes scan. I scanned this from a large-format photography book, so you may have to enlarge it to read, but you can figure that out, right? We’ll be seeing this exhibition, and I think it has special relevance both to our previous discussions about Lawrence Weschler and the blog as curator of the web, and to your upcoming (so far very mysterious but soon to be explained!) group project.

Below is one gorgeous Barnes image. You can see more from the current exhibition at UMMA as well as his other work here.


Poynter Online – Romenesko.

Susan alerted me to this breaking news. I’ll reproduce what the link takes you to:

ABC News says Terry Moran‘s tweet — “Pres. Obama just called Kanye West a “jackass” for his outburst at VMAs when Taylor Swift won. Now THAT’S presidential” — was removed because the president’s remark “turned out to be from an off-the-record portion of the interview.” ABC adds: “This was done before our editorial process had been completed. That was wrong.”

Obviously the NFL will be unable to contain twitter. Will it continue to escape the “editorial process” of news organizations as well? I’m looking forward to reading the comments on this one.

Also you’ll notice if you click through to Poynter that the site Politico is credited (although without a link) with the original blurb. Poynter omitted the last sentence of the statement, however: “We apologize to the White House and CNBC and are taking steps to ensure that it will not happen again.”

Why would they omit this information? It seems relevant. Is this a case of how re-blogging can become like the game “telephone”…?

Did the NFL Just Tell Me I Couldn’t Tweet from a Football Game? | BlogHer.

As we get going in class, I’m going to start blogging here in earnest. My topic: social media and specially blogging-related news that will impact our class discussions and may impact your blogs. Feel free to re-post, with credit, of course, which we’ll discuss next week.

The link above will take you to an article on BlogHer, which advertises itself as “a community for women who blog”. Interesting–gender-segregated blogging? We’ll have to discuss (or feel free to leave a comment!) Guys, feel free to click on the link as well.

The article itself discusses recent NFL regulations. I had heard that players were restricted from tweeting during games, but it appears the NFL wants fans not to tweet during games either. Ummm, what?