Category Archives: Digital Culture

Janet Bannister and The Derry Lecture

Janet Bannister is a remarkable person. She virtually (pun intended) created online shopping with Kijiji (and took it global) and has held technology leadership roles in some of the most recognized international companies (eBay, Proctor & Gamble, McKinsey & Co.). Now she invests … Continue reading

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Pong

I quite dislike nostalgia. All that looking in the rear view view with rose coloured glasses bothers me. The good old days …. weren’t. So I was surprised by a wave of nostalgia that washed over me a few days … Continue reading

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Screens

In real estate the mantra is “Location. Location. Location.” In computing the mantra is “Real Estate. Real Estate. Real Estate.” Screen real estate that is. At MPOW my desk had three active screens: a laptop and 2 large external monitors. … Continue reading

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Open Access: Publishing *and* Reading (Status Report)

You might remember my plan to read only open access (OA) articles during this year. You may be wondering, “how’s that going for you?” Well, not too well. In fact, it has been a complete failure. And as you may … Continue reading

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Trolls Reconsidered (at least a wee bit)

For most of us trolls are the bane of our existence. They bother us online and make the comments on news sites virtually unreadable. Banish them to hell I say. And then I ran across this TEDx talk by Whitney … Continue reading

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Why (Scholarly) Happiness is a Warm (Just Off the Printer) Gun

It’s a gun. A printed gun. And it is the most important scholarly “publication” I have encountered for some time. Recently Matt Ratto (Director of the Critical Making Lab at the iSchool, University of Toronto; @mattratto) has received a lot … Continue reading

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Writing on the Net (Writer’s Workshop Presentation)

Today I presented a session at the University of Guelph Library’s Writer’s Workshop. The topic was: Writing on the Net. Exploring Participatory, Online Writing: the Good, the Bad, and the Trolls. The workshop was focused on my experimental “book-like-thing” Beyond … Continue reading

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The Value of Human Capital in the Social Network

Facebook just acquired Instagram for a whopping $1 billion. Why? And what does this mean? My two cents. Almost everyone agrees that FB didn’t do this for Instagram’s technology; its just not that innovative. Most people think that the key … Continue reading

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