Royal Standard Has Given Way To a Royal Pain

“The computer industry defies the pattern of all previous technological revolutions, making little or no progress toward convenience. It takes much longer to turn on your machine in the morning now than it did 20 years ago. The reaction of the clueless masses is to grumble and crack wise and then meekly accept the commands of our techie masters.” Marc Fisher –Royal Standard Has Given Way To a Royal Pain…

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“That people are gravitating from the television to the Internet, especially for information, is, of course, extremely good news–at least for us. But while they are coming more, they are believing less: Last year the UCLA survey indicated that 58% of Internet users believed that most of what they read online was ‘reliable and accurate.’” Dan Ackman –For 53% Reliable Information, Click Here Forbes) Unlike many journalists summarizing (and dumbing…

Postmodernism is Dead: Now What? Distributed Culture and the Rise of the Network Age

“The social structure of the Network Age is already evident, and we can potentially anticipate a great deal about the next few decades of our lives by examining the essence of the network, both in its literal and figurative manifestations. But understanding the order of the coming age of distributed culture requires us first to examine our most recent eras, Modernism and Postmodernism, because it is within this longer context…

Web-Loving Students Can Be Prodded to Cite Peer-Reviewed Works in Term Papers, Study Suggests

“[R]esearchers had seen a precipitous drop in the use of books and an equally steep rise in the use of Web sites. Books composed 30 percent of cited sources in 1996, compared with 16 percent in 1999, with continued declines in the following year. Web sites, meanwhile, grew from about 8 percent of cited sources in 1996 to more than 20 percent in 1999. Most of those Web citations, around…

New Kids on the Blog

“Some see it as part of the same cultural continuum of reality TV programming. Others see a broader trend in which digital technologies are allowing everyone to participate more directly in media experiences. Under this scenario, an era of decentralized media is fast approaching in which the idea of “consumers” of mass-market media will become obsolete, because people will be making, not consuming, culture.” Leslie Walker discusses the mainstreaming of…