Blogging in the Second Person: Open Correspondence for a Social Web?

When we bloggers refer to one another’s posts, we usually default to writing in the third person. I suspect this is because writing publicly incentivizes accessibility for the broadest possible audience. Whatever the reason may be, the third person voice is the ‘genre tradition’ of blogging. We tend to write sentences like this: In a …

Refresh

Once upon a time, ‘refresh’ meant the exact opposite of ‘give me more data.’

I am not convinced

I am not convinced that ‘online communities’ will be defined as ‘communities’ indefinitely: it is quite possible some future generation might rebel against pixel-based approximations of human interaction as the sham of their parent’s age.

In what ways do online spaces co-opt personal expression?

In a sense, digital social platforms homogenize personal individuality as much as they amplify and incentivize it. One of the most interesting contradictions of the ‘digital revolution’ is how big tech endlessly promise better tools to express our creativity, individuality, and unique voice in the world… …as we are happily baited into using platforms and …

The Podcasting Panel: Beginnings

On Friday, October 20, 2017, I hosted a panel discussion (in partnership with Innovation Works) for anyone interested in learning more about starting their own podcast. This discussion is produced and made available as a resource for anyone in the community thinking about joining the ranks of the ‘DIY broadcasters.’ Thanks to a great panel …

Rehumanizing Twitter?

I tried an experiment on Twitter last week: Set @tweetbot filter to remove links, media, retweets, quotes, and auto-posting clients [i.e. IFTTT, Buffer, Hootsuite] from timeline. Feels like old @Twitter — human again. By ‘human’ I mean: all that remains is conversation; people talking to each other…not so much selling, promoting, positioning stuff. Zapping the …

The Good, Great, Bad, and Terrifying: adapting to the world of social media

When we weigh all the pros and cons, does social media come out as a net good or as a liability for society? …does it bring people together to mobilize for their rights? Or just give corporations and governments the ability to track our every move? …does it introduce us to new ideas and different …