An Inconvenient Convenience

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GOOD posted this print by Max Temkin on Tumblr last week in the midst of their current 30-day “waste less” challenge. They saw the print on Grist, whose headline pretty much sums it up: “Everything that’s wrong with our oil-soaked industrial economy, in one amazing poster.” I’ve been thinking about the poster over the past week, because it’s … Continue reading

T+N: Meaning of life and stuff

T+N (Then+Now) posts will be past posts from other social media, paragraphs lifted from e-mails, or transcribed print journal entries + metadata with as much context as I can conjure up for the original post + new thoughts + ideally, comment aggregation. The excerpted paragraph was from a freakishly long (1,833 words, if you’re curious) … Continue reading

Does reading books make us better at being people?

Spoiler alert: I have an opinion about this. Also, I will probably write more about this later, but I have to go tutor some rich kids in math. Incidentally, teaching math doesn’t fill my heart with as much joy as talking about books and themes and critical thinking with kids. Go figure. [I warned you … Continue reading

T+N: Digital communities, social media and cyborg anthropology

T+N (Then+Now) posts will be past posts from other social media, paragraphs lifted from e-mails, or transcribed print journal entries + metadata with as much context as I can conjure up for the original post + new thoughts + ideally, comment aggregation. This was originally a Facebook note (posted Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 9:53 a.m.), … Continue reading

Digital thought blueprint

First, a bit of irony: I got so excited about launching this blog that I started a new (print) journal so I could write about being excited about how excited I was to be writing. Actually, that last sentence is probably a pretty good indicator of

Why I’m starting this blog:
If meta-cognition were tactile, I would high-five it, then go online, post about it, and +1 my own post. I’m also interested in the ways in which technology, social media and the Internet (along with myriad associated software, hardware, theory, post-structuralist/materialist/post-everything/Web 2.0/open-source musings) changes/has changed the way that we — and I — think, interact and view community, time, ethics, learning and identity. I’m exploring those shifts* by tracking my own thoughts back to “original” sources and influences.

What this blog is:
OK, so, like, essentially, I’m trying to create a digital archive of my brain (read: experience of consciousness and society), in über-hyperlinked blog form. At this moment, I’m envisioning a mix of posts on: social media, digital communities, anthropology, digital ethics, theory, participatory culture and identity formation. I might also repost content from other social media networks, tapping into whatever scattered digital archive of myself already exists.

What I’d like from you:
Comments and permission to comment on your comments. As much as this is an exercise in navel-gazing (digital native-gazing?), I’m also kind of doing my friends a favor, since people’s eyes tend to glaze over when I drool while talking initiate conversations about some of these topics. Blogging is my concession to the people I care about; now you can opt in to these conversations.

Also-ran titles and taglines:**

  • “idea potluck” —> “idea smorgasbord” –> “thoughtluck
  • digital native-gazing
  • wikiMEdia

* (self-indulgently, narcissistically, solipsistically, yes, this is a blog, remember?)
** Just kidding, but I’m not above bad puns and portmanteaus.***
*** While you’re down here, you should know that I also love footnotes. I might try to work in mouse-over text instead, though.