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Aaron Dawson

You Suck at Brevity | Wired Design | Wired.com - 1 views

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    A pretty tongue and cheek article on 'microblogging' (e.g., updating a Facebook status while in line at Kroeger's).
Christine Schussler

US blocks access to WikiLeaks for federal workers - 0 views

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    The Obama administration is banning hundreds of thousands of federal employees from calling up the WikiLeaks site on government computers because the leaked material is still formally regarded as classified. The Library of Congress tonight joined the education department, the commerce department and other government agencies in confirming that the ban is in place.
Aaron Dawson

#Tumblr vs. #Facebook: Ask a Teen if You Want to Know the Difference | Deirdre Breakenr... - 0 views

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    A nice breakdown between Facebook and, my favorite online space, Tumblr.
Aaron Dawson

Understanding the Influence Metric: What is the Klout Score? - 0 views

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    Coming to terms with this. I'm not sure if this is terrifying or kind of cool.
    Klout allows you to measure your 'online influence.'
Jessica Murphy

Vigilant Schools or Invasion of Privacy? - 0 views

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    A school district in Delaware recently proposed a rule that would require teachers to unfriend students, a district in Maine is banning all social networking, chat sites, forums, and other sites from state-provided laptops, and now the New York City Department of Education will now monitor teachers' interactions with students on professional social networking services. Teachers were warned not to expect any privacy and that administrators and officials should have access to the professional accounts. This makes me wonder if now workplaces and universities will require employees to loosen their privacy settings on their accounts.
Jessica Murphy

Microsoft Takes on Dropbox with Major SkyDrive Update - 1 views

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    Microsoft combined the functions of two of their cloud storage services--SkyDrive (storage) and Mesh (file synchronization and remote access)--to create what they consider a superior alternative to Dropbox, Apple's iCloud, and Google's apps storage.
Jessica Murphy

Semi-Interactive Webcomic - 0 views

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    My coworker sent this to me a while ago to see my reaction. This comic responds to the user's movements on the page. If you're jumpy, you've been warned!
Sandy Baldwin

Ian Bogost - The Colbert Report - 2007-07-08 - Video Clip | Comedy Central - 1 views

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    Bogost talking with Stephen Colbert. Nation, this man believes video games aren't just for wasting time.
Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang

Maryland To Ban Employers From Asking For Facebook, Twitter Passwords - 0 views

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    Lawmakers are finally putting a stop to this practice. Since we broached the topic of rhetorical strategies in making arguments in class, the argument one law expert makes is interesting: ""It lays down boundaries on what you can and can't do. It takes a gray area and makes a bright line ... The bill is a win for employees who want to protect their data security and their personal content passwords. But it's also a win for employers. ... Employers don't want to have access to this content. With access comes responsibility."
Bonnie Thibodeau

Facebook buys Instagram ...but for what? - CBS News - 2 views

  • "why." What does Facebook gain from buying Instagram?
  • Facebook doesn't need users
  • it's in the business of figuring out how to make money off those users. So far, Instagram represents more users, but not any more revenue
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    Why? Good question. $1 billion seems like a big chunk of change to shell out when there isn't an obvious indicator that there will be a turn of profit.
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    Have you seen the Daily Show bit on this? Hilarious! Does seem rather odd, but I have faith that almighty Facebook has some sort of plan...maybe.
Eric Wardell

Miller v. California - 0 views

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    I wanted to add this link to the famous court case of Miller v California that helped define pornography and its protection (or lack thereof) under the first amendment. There is a lot to discuss here regarding offensiveness and "social value" especially in regard to the fact that the case dates back to the 70's. Perhaps the same case would be tried differently today.
Eric Wardell

Prometheus - Peter Weyland TED 2023 [OFFICIAL CLIP] - HD - - YouTube - 0 views

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    Considering how often we look at TED talks, I thought it might be worth including this fake TED talk used as a clip for the new Ridley Scott movie, Prometheus. I know this probably looks a little like getting off track, but I thought it was interesting that the author claims that humans have become gods through their acts of technological creation (in his case, "cyberkinetic individuals).

    Science fiction often does a great job extrapolating certain ideas or issues, and I think in some ways we can find links to the issue and use of Wikipedia in which we can freely take place in the act of creation or manipulation of a text and even the meaning behind the entries we change. Obviously this is not necessarily created in our own image the way a cyborg would be, but it is still using McLuhan's idea of the extension of man into the cyber world. The question we're left with here though, is whether or not we deserve the moniker of "creator" if we create anonymously.
Eric Wardell

The wealth of networks: how social production transforms markets and freedom - Yochai B... - 0 views

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    This is a google book that discusses some of the same things I mentioned in my post regarding the use of wikipedia and other networks and how that shapes our ideas of freedom.
jessi lew

China cracks down on websites allegedly spreading coup rumors - CNN.com - 0 views

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    A little late in the game, but the wording here is really interesting because the censorship of bloggers by the Chinese government includes works with imagined information. In addition, they specifically cut off the comments option. We have a direct moment here where the 2.0 and call and response of online writing is considered poisonous to government action, even if the work is a fictional piece. The most important thing to note here is that China is now requiring all microbloggers to use their real names. We talked about how useful a tracked name can be, but in this case practicality loses over privacy.
Sandy Baldwin

EnemyGraph - 0 views

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    EnemyGraph, a Facebook app that lets you list your enemies. Silly or necessary? 
Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang

Facebook: Employers risk lawsuit - 1 views

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    This is an article that responds to some of the issues brought up last class (March 20) about employers asking for facebook passwords.
Sandy Baldwin

I cite: Communicative capitalism and the democratic deficit - 1 views

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    A smart political article about the relation between communication and capitalism. Useful especially on the way technical networks both present themselves as political and foreclose the political.
Rachel Henderson

Woman Reportedly Burns Down House After Facebook Un-Friending | NewsFeed | TIME.com - 0 views

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    Careful who you de-friend! I was interested in any news around the changing of language based on our use of technology - things like using "Google" or "Wiki" as verbs, for example - and thought of "friending." When I Googled this and looked at News, there were several stories to this effect!
Rachel Henderson

Friending Your Professor: Social Networking in the Classroom | Daily Gazette - 0 views

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    While sites like Facebook and Google seem to be taking over the world, it would be nice to be able to eliminate some of the sites we all are constantly having to check or update or interact on or remember logins and passwords for! Just think: no more Blackboard, you're already on Facebook all the time-why not post for class while you're there? :-)
Eric Wardell

Get Started with My IGN - Online Gamer Community - IGN - 0 views

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    This is the social networking homepage of a online gaming website, IGN. I wanted to share this because it seems to overtly combine the gaming and social elements of social media. It also, similar to the AXE site, allows users to follow certain products and claim an identity based on what products the user owns in comparison to other members of the community.

    Within the site itself members have some level of gaining badges and competing by listing and comparing their games and interacting with each other. Also, on the level of competition, there are prizes available for different interactions on this site which further invokes the sense of gaming and competition.
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