ITHINK 09/27/2008

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  • tags: tiddlywiki, wiki, productivity, gtd, javascript, software, work

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  • This quarter Howard Rheingold teaches the Social Media class at Stanford.

    From the Syllabus: Learning and practicing social media competencies and understanding the social dimensions of cyberspace should be fun and should enable students to have a voice in one of the most important emerging aspects of global society — the power of every desktop computer or smart phone to function as a worldwide printing press, broadcasting station, market, community center, political organizing tool. Students will develop skills that are directly relevant to their personal development and their place in the world after graduation, but the price for learning to use the Social Media Collaboratory for collaborative inquiry is a serious committment of time and attention by every member of the learning group. We will be engaged in a continuing discursive process that cannot be fulfilled by just turning in homework the morning it is due. Peers will need each other’s input many times each week, through a variety of media, in order to conduct ongoing inquiries, debates, collaborative writing, team teaching, and group projects.

    tags: Rheingold, wiki, colab, teaching, classroom

  • While the top 1% — those making over $364,657 ­­— now pay nearly 40% of income taxes, only 17% of those surveyed realized they pay that much. More than two-thirds think the top 1% pay less than 40%, and more than a third think they pay less than 20.

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  • 1. Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
    2. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
    3. Dune by Frank Herbert
    4. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
    5. Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
    6. Valis by Philip K. Dick
    7. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
    8. Gateway by Frederik Pol
    9. Space Merchants by Frederik Pol
    10. Earth Abides by George R. Stewart

    (List picked by Keith Olexa for Phobos Entertainment. See all “Top 100? List)

    tags: scifi, books, top, best, audiobooks

  • “LONG-TERM mobile-phone use increases risk of benign tumours!” “Clean bill of health for the mobile!” “Mobile phone-cancer link not proven!” Those who have followed the saga of whether or not mobile phones are damaging people’s brains are used to contradictory headlines. A decade of coverage has left readers and viewers more confused than enlightened, with news reports alternating between alarming claims and soothing reassurances. Yet even by the standards of modern news, it is unusual to see such contradictory headlines about the same piece of research. Which is why a study, called Interphone, provides a cautionary tale.

    tags: cell, phone, cancer, economist, madness

Sorin Adam Matei

Sorin Adam Matei - Professor of Communication at Purdue University - studies the relationship between information technology and social groups. He published papers and articles in Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Information Society, and Foreign Policy. He is the author or co-editor of several books. The most recent is Structural differentation in social media. He also co-edited Ethical Reasoning in Big Data,Transparency in social media and Roles, Trust, and Reputation in Social Media Knowledge Markets: Theory and Methods (Computational Social Sciences) , all three the product of the NSF funded KredibleNet project. Dr. Matei's teaching portfolio includes online interaction, and online community analytics and development classes. His teaching makes use of a number of software platforms he has codeveloped, such as Visible Effort . Dr. Matei is also known for his media work. He is a former BBC World Service journalist whose contributions have been published in Esquire and several leading Romanian newspapers. In Romania, he is known for his books Boierii Mintii (The Mind Boyars), Idolii forului (Idols of the forum), and Idei de schimb (Spare ideas).

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