As best I can tell, Cosmo turns 10 sometime around November 16.
This year I am thankful that he still has the energy of a 10-month old but behaves much better than he did when he actually was 10 months old.
I’ve been blogging since May 2002 — not one of the first, but well before all the cool kids tried it, made it a craze, then gave up on it. The best way to describe this portion of my writing life is part personal notebook where I test ideas and pieces of drafts I’m working on, part self-promotion, and part random ranting.
Frequently addressed topics include journalism, teaching and higher educations, writing, cooking, drinking (or, more specifically, not drinking, running, reading and life in general. Comments are appreciated but monitored before they appear on this site. All views expressed on “Cut Off At The Salad Bar” are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of any of his past, present or future employers.
Yesterday I ran my webinar for writing for online readers for Washington County, Ore. employees who update the county’s Website. Click here if you want to view a recording of the session, which runs just over an hour.
If you were a Facebook user over the age of 18 in the United States, there was only a one in 50 chance that you did not see some sort of election-related messages if you logged in on Election Day. Did those messages influence the results?
Well, that depends on who you ask. The Atlantic’s Rebecca J. Rosen seems to think the increase in turnout among younger voters is evidence that the Facebook messages did influence voter behavior, while TechCrunch’s Gregory Fernstein is being accused of link-baiting for his takedown of Rosen’s piece (that’s the usual response anyone who questions the power of technology tends to be hit with when they write anything that suggests there is a limit to how radically said technology is transforming all aspects of life).
Which one is right? Which one is wrong? In my mind, they both are. Because a person’s decision to vote, and the influence that decision carries within online and offline social networks, is far too complex to be understood less than one week after an election and explained in a blog post. Social media is like every other technological advance of communication since the telephone: people debate its impact, taking strong stands on two distinct sides: dismissal and grandiose pronouncements. In the end, the technology evolves to a point of acceptance and the reality falls somewhere in between the two initial stands of the entrenched camps in the debate. Continue Reading »
When Kate and I were planning our trip to Paris earlier this year, I asked my Facebook friends for recommendations for books about and set in Paris:
It ended up setting off a year in which I read primarily fiction, both set in France and just in general, a first for me since college when I thought I was going to be the last great American novelist.
Yesterday the Boston Globe tried to answer the same question with Five Books To Read In Paris. Here’s my partial list:
Here’s a storify chronicling the highlights from what was, hands down, the best assignment I ever gave as a college instructor. Students from three classes live-tweeted network coverage of the election to #12DC last night, and they seemed to love it. Will be writing more later today/tomorrow once I’ve met with the students who participated to get their take.
Students from my Online Journalism and Social Media & Journalism classes at Bridgewater State University covered shifts where they watched an assigned network and tweeted out news as it was reported. Some students in my Digital Media & Cybeculture class also volunteered help.
A chunk from the third day’s effort. I thankfully remain on schedule, thanks to a three-day writing retreat I had planned for the start of this.
He assumed graffiti at Camp Nelson happened, even if it was a girls camp. But Stanford braced for the worst. Graffiti at a boys camp went through cycles. In the 1960’s and early 1970’s, kids had often put the names of athletes: “Bobby Orr and the Big, Bad Boston Bruins” covered several of the older cabins in thee senior unit. In the 1980’s that had slowly shifted to bands: “Ratt” and “Aerosmith” were particularly popular (Stanford assumed they were bands, although he often wondered why an extra T was needed on the word Rat). By the 1990’s, they were rappers and Tupac was going to live forever. There was also more commentary about news events and the ongoing O.J. Simpson trial.
“What’s your goal in life?” one boy with precise penmanship had written in Cabin Four. “To kill a couple of white people and get away with it. Sincerely, O.J. Simpson.”
But one thing had remained constant: boys loved to sign their own names and the years they had been at camp, and they loved to draw genitalia. Continue Reading »
The unprecedented spending spending on the 2012 presidential campaign includes millions of dollars to track voters online. What do the campaigns know about you, how much did they pay to get it, and what will they do with that information come Wednesday morning? Continue Reading »