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Responsible Media Literacy

The World is turning, the times they are a’ changing and “the news” is no longer as relevant as it was decades ago. There is no longer TEH news — as if there were something that might qualify as newsworthy … the way it was in previous times: I know it’s true — oh, so… Continue reading Responsible Media Literacy

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Questions & Answers vs. Conversations

Adam Curry has a very particular pronunciation of the word “conversation” — if you listen to the “No Agenda” podcast, then you may be familiar with it. I wonder what Adam might think about what I intend to write here. I’ve got a million friends Bob Dylan, “I Shall Be Free No. 10” When I… Continue reading Questions & Answers vs. Conversations

Manufacturing Consent

Today I talked a friend of mine into watching one of Noam Chomsky’s documentary films (in this case “Requiem for an American Dream”). I have to say that Chomsky’s ideas have influenced my thinking far more than anything I ever thought would influence my thinking … and I also feel there is something unsettling about… Continue reading Manufacturing Consent

What it means to own different kinds of technology

I guess most people own at least one pair of shoes, and some people own other kinds of technology for mobility — such as bicycles or cars. Many many different kinds of technology exist, and owning each particular technology has a particular kind of significance. For example: owning a bicycle means that the owner values… Continue reading What it means to own different kinds of technology

Literacy Study: The smug smile

I have been puzzling about this topic quite a bit — while the idea first came to me gradually, then in spurts, in the end what puzzled me most was how to frame it. There are probably innumerable approaches I could take — for example, how people sometimes talk about “reading a room”, “reading a… Continue reading Literacy Study: The smug smile

Information Retrieval & Algorithmic Search vs Visual Design & Brute Force

Yesterday I posted some feedback about recent changes in WordPress Reader (see “WordPress.COM Reader Design Feedback (about Featured Image & information usability)” [ search.tech.blog/2022/10/15/wordpress-com-reader-design-feedback-about-featured-image-information-usability ] ). My own feedback comes from my own reading habits, which are very text-based and also oriented towards natural language search (including algorithmic information retrieval) technology. I realize that most people… Continue reading Information Retrieval & Algorithmic Search vs Visual Design & Brute Force

A Tale of Two Segments

Once upon a time, where you lived had a huge impact on your life. Now, not so much. Today, what you think about, what you spend your time with, what occupies your mind and your mental energy matters a lot more. In this chapter, I aim to do a little thought experiment. I am going… Continue reading A Tale of Two Segments

Canonical Rules and Other Phenomena

The other day, one of my online colleagues wrote a post with some tips about “How To Refocus When You Can’t Achieve Your Dreams” [ https://new-lune.com/2022/07/21/how-to-refocus-when-you-cant-achieve-your-dreams ]. Even though I quickly replied with a comment, mine was not the first — she seems to have struck a nerve. I quite often refer to literacy —… Continue reading Canonical Rules and Other Phenomena

One Remarkable Thing About Each & Every Audience is its Consumer Behavior

If you’re able to convince a group of people to pay you to tell them something, they will probably believe it. This was the fundamental principle of the publishing industry’s marketing plan. Yet since the quality of the content contained within this game plan has been disqualified, the so-called traditional publishing industry’s business model is… Continue reading One Remarkable Thing About Each & Every Audience is its Consumer Behavior

Self VS. Spy

Ah, Summertime … 🙂 In any case now (as a follow-up to last week’s “Moving Out Beyond Levels of Data“) might be the best time to yet again bring up the spyware issue (which of course ultimately harkens back to the entire rational — versus irrational — media debate [1] ). Irrational media cannot deliver… Continue reading Self VS. Spy