Write this email to Bryan Alexander over at NITLE to see if his input could help me make a quick dicision about “to wiki or not to wiki?”
I am thinking of trying to use a wiki for two projects.
1) Organize the ever more cluttered and bushy set of resources i would like to draw on in my teaching. I have been a pack rat for awhile with both print and electronic resources. When it comes time to dip into this pool to build syllabi, I tend to ignore it as it is hard to access. I was imagining that a wiki could help me combine tags or a folksonomy with links and some brief commentary.
2) As a collaborative tool in a class I am about to teach on organization theory. The plan is to have students and myself educate ourselves on the financial crisis and work together to find out “what went on.” I though a wiki could be used to build knowledge and resources.
My university has Blackboard and there is a wiki tool there.
I was wondering if you have any thoughts about wiki tools or platforms. Is there one good one for academics? Is there an “industry leader” out there?
I think the title for my Guardian Column (they don’t seem to update the site) is “Our Online Selves.” That can be improved.
Here is the second installment.
“The End of Culture and Truth?”
I am a blogger. Eight years ago, saying this might have conjured up someone doing something disdainful with their finger and nose, or some fascinating example of a field position in some strange British idea of a sport. But now, most people recognize that I maintain a web-published journal or log (“blog” is a contraction of Web-log). Why would I or anyone else write publish a personal journal on the web? Who do we think we are, anyway? Great unwashed masses clogging the for a with our swollen egos. Like so much on the Internet, from the amusing video of Mentos and Diet Coke (google it!) to archives of Saturday morning cartoon characters, the common response is “Who has the time?”
A friend of mine, a professor, told me off-handedly: “I don’t read blogs. I don’t have time for anyone’s unfinished writing.” I was spluttering with annoyance at such a narrow perspective of blogs and blogging. I have kids so I get the “no time” complaint. But unfinished writing? Surely he has heard the idea that no writing is ever finished meaning that all his favorite classics were also “unfinished writing.” Who knows what undiscovered Shakespeares and Toni Morrisons are out there? I think what he really meant was that he preferred writing that had already been vetted by some authority. He wanted a seal of approval.
I am not an innovator, but maybe a first or late first adopter. Of course, it varies by network too. At my university, I seem to be clearly an early adopter of many collaborative technologies (blogs, wikis, virtual worlds). Anyway, this blog came up and seemed to be worth exploring further as my own scholarly work about Web 2.0/living web also takes on living web forms.
Mitchell Waldrop, coincidentally, is also the author of Complexity which is one of my favorite books and indirectly influenced my choices of scholarly interests in grad school and beyond.
This is a stub until I can look at the blog more.
Scholarship 2.0: An Idea Whose Time Has Come: <strong>Science 2.0</strong>
Scholarship 2.0 is devoted to describing and documenting the forms, facets, and features of alternative Web-based scholarly publishing philosophies and practices. The variety of old and new metrics available for assessing the impact, significance, and value of Web-based scholarship is of particular interest.
The Big Question
Strangely addictive. They have questions form anyone, especially young folks. Different experts post an answer. Its like a hybrid wikipedia-britannica.
My fave is “How long would it take you to ride a chicken around the world?”
This is the kind of thing that would make any purveyor of SNS software feel his blood start to boil. If a vibe of authentic, albeit shallow, connecting and socilaizing is ost, then a SNS will die like so many poorly thought through dot.com businesses. E-toy anyone?
wcbstv.com – Phishers Infiltrate MySpace With Bogus Macy’s Gift Scheme
Social networking giant MySpace stumbled to its knees at the hands of a cyber superbug recently, falling ill to a severe phishing epidemic that is plaguing a vast and vulnerable segment of its membership, wcbstv.com in New York reported Friday.
I have long thought that one of the keys to Facebook’s success was its initial limited availability to those with a .edu domain name in e-mail address. And the way they grouped people by affiliations. Spelman college. Check. Dartmouth. Check. Basically Zuckerberg et al leveraged the legitimacy univeristies confer to build their site. So, myspace should have been very worried about this. If a SNS is seen as nothing more than a way to get around people’ already very well executed advertisement avoidance strategies, then no matter the quality of content overall, the sense of community will wither and die.
So, Google, myspaces new corporate masters, should be very worried about the barbarian hordes outside their gate.