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15% of Americans w/o Internet or cell

An interesting new Pew study released: here's the Pew link. It shows that 15% of Americans have no Internet of cell phone. It points out, unsurprisingly, that that 15% is mostly comprised of an older generation. Once that generation (sorry if this sounds harsh) dies off, the percentage of those unconnected should drop very close to 0. Keep in mind that this is only talking about the US, however. Our country is far more connected than most, so even as this number falls to 0, the digital divide is still very real.



So there I was, minding my own business, flipping through Diana Hacker's 5th edition of Rules for Writers because it's that time of year -- the only time of year that warrants dusting off this book. (Who made Diana Hacker the authority on writing, by the way?) Flipping through types of citations...Article from a magazine...Article in an online to a MUD or a MOO. Wait, seriously? It explains what MUDs and MOOs are and how to cite information obtained from one. No joke. This edition's copyright is 2004, by the way.

Online Presidential Debates


Just one more example of how politics are utilizing and embracing new media. The first online presidential debates are coming our way, which take advantage of the available technology to allow candidates to be in different parts of the country for debate. I have nothing wrong with this -- it shouldn't take anything away from the format, which is already so stiff and unspontaneous that the real-life interaction in traditional debates may as well not exist. As I recall, the 2004 Democratic Party primary debate of about 9 candidates included one or two who were participating by video conference, and if that didn't cause any problems, I don't know why this would.


The recent Blackberry outages are all over the news. The basic point isn't surprising upon reflection, but is certainly too-often forgotten: we RELY on our technology. When I have a paper due in 10 minutes and the school's printer in our dorm isn't working (which is about 50% of the time), what can I do? Someone might answer, "learn from your mistake," but that's far to much to ask of college students. We WILL put off our work, and things WILL go wrong. Computers crash. Files corrupt. Printers spaz out. We are as reliant on the Internet as we are on electricity.

I need a partner!


Yeah, so, we're exchanging rough drafts on Wednesday with a partner. And I don't have a partner. Who out there still needs one?

Blogging Code of Conduct


Here's an interesting result of the Kathy Sierra situation. A couple days ago Tim O'Reilly, the very well-respected publisher turned cyber celebrity, proposed a blogging code of conduct. Given our recent conversations, both in class and here on the blog, it's worth a read. On the one hand, some of his guidelines such as "Don't say anything online that you wouldn't say in person," are pretty hard to object to. On the other hand, I'm wary of letting a bunch of A-listers determine what is deemed (in)appropriate in all of the blogging world. I'd be really interested to hear your thoughts...

Environmental effects

None of us have mentioned the environmental effects of recent technologies. Environmentalists generally think of technology as a factor that increases impact on an ecosystem -- in other words, as a negative effect. Here's one statistic that certainly has to do with Media Studies and would begin to suggest otherwise:

Newsprint is 1/6 of all US paper production. The Sunday New York Times alone uses some 75,000 trees per edition.

Whoa. This is one more great reason to encourage the rise of online news sites. The NYT certainly has adapted well to the Internet, as we've discussed several times over.

Term Project Proposal: Hyperphotos

I'm hoping to take the text out of hypertext. I beg for your feedback to help me direct this project better, but I'm excited by the possibilities. Basically, my project will be some sort of photographic image-map hypertext. Needless to say, that's under the creative project category rather than the critical project.

What's an image map?
You've seen them around, even if you don't recognized them by name. This map of new york is an example. Basically, an image is broken up into lots of little pieces, and each piece links to a different page.

Wiki links


A couple of us have posted our personal pages on the class wiki. If the pages are titled as our names, we'll never really find them, so I suggest that we categorize them under the Special Pages > User List > "Your name" page, which gives the page the "User:Crazy Enough" style of title. This way they're all at the same place -- that user list. I basically linked every proper noun and then some on my page, but I haven't yet filled in any of the pages to which it links. Links with the destination page filled in are automatically blue, links with to-be-created destinations are automatically red. I will fill in the pages to which I link later. There's also nothing wrong with editing other people's pages. For example, I mention the word "art" on my page, but I don't link it. If you are an artist so you create a page for "art," feel free to make that word on my page link to it. Make sense?

Elections gone viral!


This isn't breaking news, as it's been in the headlines since the weekend (As of this writing, Google News recognizes 78 articles on it), but I've been too busy to write about it until now.

Long story short, somebody took Apple's famous 1984 ad and mashed it up to make it an ad for Obama's Presidential campaign. Hillary stars as the big brother figure, and the lady who smashes the screen is wearing a shirt with Obama's logo. Anyway, enough with the description, just watch it HERE. That's the original YouTube post, and it already has more than 1 million views, plus a few more hundred thousand views of the same video under other usernames.

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