To Crack More Crimes, Arm Citizens with Information

“Time and again the public has shown its willingness to help produce happy endings. Citizens’ use of the Amber Alert is credited with saving 47 kidnapped children. In its 15-year history, America’s Most Wanted claims viewers have helped capture 746 criminals featured on the show. | Those successes aren’t merely the result of miracles. They happen when an alert public gets clear and timely information.” –To Crack More Crimes, Arm…

Writing for Search Engines

“Crafting pages that work well with search engines and users is a black art. Chris Sherman sheds some light on the subject, and offers some SEO writing resources. Dr. Dennis Jerz, an English professor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire also has some excellent blurb and headline writing advice.” Andy King –Writing for Search EnginesWebReference) I gave Andy some publicity yesterday, and now he has featured some of my work…

Is Google Too Powerful?

“Ridiculous comments, such as Dan Gillmor’s claim that ‘with the advent of weblogging, the readers know more than the journalists’ only stoke the fires of hyperbole and do not help us understand this new tool. | Blogging is not journalism. | Often it is as far from journalism as it is possible to get, with unsubstantiated rumour, prejudice and gossip masquerading as informed opinion.” Bill Thompson –Is Google Too Powerful?BBC…

Random acts of journalism: Beyond 'Is it or isn't it journalism?': How blogs and journalism need each other

“It is becoming clear that millions of people are turning to weblogs for news, information, commentary and entertainment -? just for the pure joy of taking in writing that’s vivid, vibrant, telegenic, emotion-laden, and driven by personal experience rather than the formula of detachment that deadens far too much traditional journalism. | What does it take to be an online journalist? You don’t need a professional publication with a slick…

Spam's Cost To Business Escalates: Bulk E-Mail Threatens Communication Arteries

“Roughly 40 percent of all e-mail traffic in the United States is spam, up from 8 percent in late 2001 and nearly doubling in the past six months, according to Brightmail Inc., a major vendor of anti-spam software. By the end of this year, industry experts predict, fully half of all e-mail will be unsolicited.” –Spam’s Cost To Business Escalates: Bulk E-Mail Threatens Communication Arteries WashPost) Be sure to forward…

ENC1145: Writing about Star Trek: The Original Series

“During the course of this semester, you’ll have ample opportunity to explore the Star Trek Universe, beginning with an essay about your journey through hyperspace, an involved research paper, and a final assignment either comparing the Star Trek Universe to another area of Sci-Fi, or creating your own part of the Star Trek Universe by writing a short screen play or short story adaptation.” Charlie Lowe –ENC1145: Writing about Star…

What's a Digital Medievalist?

“My personal business card says I’m a Digital Medievalist. | It’s the best way to describe my training, my occupation, and my interests. | I am trained as a medievalist. I started studying medieval English literature as an undergraduate, and am currently completing a doctoral dissertation in Medieval English and Celtic literatures (I’m writing about fairies, really). Though my academic training predisposes me to work in the realm of codices…