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Going Postal

A funny new project by Giles Turnbull who along with a few friends decided to send their Twitter posts as postcards instead of electronically. It gives a renewed vitality to the word “post.” One of the most basic things it shows is just how expensive printed communication is by comparison. …

Klout

The latest in digital neologisms, Klout aggregates your influence on social media and gives you a “score.” We’ve been able to tell how many books an author has sold or how many records a band has sold or how much a movie made at the box office. But we’ve never …

The Death of Criticism

I’m intrigued by the way criticism and the book seem to be undergoing a mutual decline. These days, it isn’t even limited to books — the latest contribution to the genre comes from Charles Taylor (not the Charles Taylor formerly of McGill) in Dissent Magazine. The story is usually the …

What your cms says about you

Fantastic piece on the meaning of web templates and who uses them. On wordpress: “You’re a blogger, just like everyone else. You’re probably broke, and spend all of five minutes on your appearance each morning. Who: Mashable, TechCrunch,GigaOm, every other blog ever.” Yep.

Outside the Frame

Of the various reflections that addressed the role of social media in the Middle East uprisings — and within political change more generally — this one from Radio Free Europe was both interesting and instructive. The article suggests that what we need is a new website dedicated to posting footage …

Sock Puppets

Learned a new word today.  Sock puppets refer to fake online personae that are used to try to manipulate conversations on social media networks. Needless to say a new player in the business is the U.S. military.  Like the old fashioned broadcast forum, Voice of America, which was broadcast on …