i’m obsessed with how people (myself very muchly included) are obsessed with facebook and world of warcraft. meta-obsessed, if you will. i became fascinated with both independently, but the more i use both the more i see some interesting similarities between the two (and a lot of interesting contrasts, which i will probably write more […]
i’m doing research on the culture of facebook in attempt to narrow down my thesis topic, and came across doc mara’s genius description of facebook friending “as a quick consumption deal rather like Pokemon.” its funny cuz its true. gotta catch em all!
secretsoflife sent me this. its a new campaign to try and convince kids not to share their personal info online. they’ll even send you a ring to help you remember. a real ring. not a ringtone, like i originally thought… like one that plays some cheesy message every time your phone rings telling you it […]
globalkids and gamelab recently released a pretty impressive flash game called ayiti: the cost of life where you a play a family in haiti trying to get ahead. it’s compelling and educational (and addictive). in playing, you directly experience the obstacles that keep people in the poverty cycle. the first time i played, my whole […]
i’m doing a survey of online youth civic engagement initiatives and i came across this: Pennies to Protect Police Dogs Eleven year-old Stacey Hillman started Pennies to Protect Police Dogs in March of 2000 after reading an article about police dogs and their dangerous jobs. The article told the story of a police dog that […]
i’m moderating a panel on monday about web2.0 and development issues at a conference run by netsquared. happily, the conference is suitably web2.0 compliant and buzzworld enabled which means, of course, you can all participate online! i’ll be asking questions that are submitted to the conference site so if you have any interest in ict4d, […]
so, funny story. i had my first first-hand experience of that online identity management problem at the roundtable i spoke at on thursday. you know, that problem when you’re a 3rd grade teacher and you post some pictures of you drunk at a party on your friendster account and your little students find it and […]
dear friends: i’m going to be speaking at a roundtable on trust in the media this week and i need your input! the thesis of the roundtable is basically that people don’t trust the mainstream media anymore, so they are turning to bloggers and citizen journalists, and that this is a bad, bad thing. the […]