In case you’re looking for some last-minute gifts for the bloggers you know, I offer the following products designed to show how much you love and value their work in that nebulous place we call the blogosphere.
T-Shirts, stickers, and mugs
I actually don’t know many bloggers who would wear T-shirts advertising their blogging practices. I’d probably be more likely to wear a T-shirt that advertises my blog’s URL than I would to wear any of the shirts below, but … Read more
First off, I don’t know if this will make you feel any better, but it’s not personal: I don’t return anybody‘s phone calls.
I hate talking on the phone. Hate it. Hate it. I like you tons, and I wish we lived closer so I could see you more often. And even though I know that my unwillingness to answer the phone when you call or to return your phone calls in any reasonable space of time is … Read more
I’m reading a fascinating new piece by Kate Crawford called “Following you: disciplines of listening in social media.” Crawford, an Associate Professor in the Journalism and Media Research Centre at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, suggests that we rethink our discourse around lurkers and less active participants in online affinity spaces; actually, she suggests we get away from that term “lurking,” since “this term has hampered our understanding of online spaces, and…the concept of listening offers more … Read more
I recently received an email communication from Mark Bauerlein in response to my recent critique of his book, the Dumbest Generation.
I asked, and Bauerlein gave me permission, to post his response to my blog. Here it is, in its entirety:
Astonishing, Jenna, that you quote Liz Losh, who actually takes one disgruntled student’s comments on RateMyProfessors as evidence from which to generalize about my teaching.
If you have found any factual or logical errors in Dumbest Generation, I’ll be
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If you’ve read even a post or two from this blog, you know that I’m going to fiercely oppose the main theories guiding Bauerlein’s 2008 book The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future.
In a precise exercise in ridiculousness, Bauerlein’s book is loaded up with sweeping claims like the following:
[M]ost young Americans possess little of the knowledge that makes for an informed citizen, and too few of them master the skills needed
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Below are my nominations for the 2009 Edublog Awards. If you’re interested in submitting your own nominations for this year’s awards, you’ll need to act fast. The deadlines start rolling in this week:
- Nominations: Close Tuesday 8 December
- Voting: Ends Wednesday 16 December
- Award Ceremony: Friday 18 December
Click here for more information about the awards and nomination process.
…and the nominees are:
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I’m pretty sure the Herald-Times of Bloomington, IN, is a sub-par paper with a short-sighted business model.
I say I’m “pretty sure” because the Herald-Times has developed two strategies that prevent me from knowing for certain: a paywall that keeps me from looking into whether the quality and content merit the paywall; and an apparent “no comment” policy with respect to the paywall, circulation numbers, and long-term subscription strategies.
How do they ignore people? Let me count the ways.
I … Read more