1. online \*-cide

    I have recently begun a small research project about infocide: the purposeful retraction of one’s presence and contributions from the Internet. However, naturally, one must distinguish this practice from the purposeful ending of one’s life. Both retraction and suicide have varied, and sometimes overlapping, neologisms. Internet suicide is …

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  2. Feedback Inaugural Talk

    On Friday I’ll be speaking about my new research project on communicative feedback:

    The goal is to explore a premise that an under-appreciated aspect of contemporary life is the ubiquity of communicative feedback. At the interpersonal and group level I will explore how people perform and make sense of …

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  3. The purpose of the exam?

    I've not made much use of in-class exams before, but I gave the first one of this semester and it prompted the question in my mind of why do we give exams at all? Or, if we do give exams, why not simply give all the answers beforehand?

    By reflex …

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  4. Geeks, Nerds, and Hackers

    The terms "geek," "nerd," and "hacker" arise frequently in my work and settling upon a common understanding of these words is a challenge: each has varied meanings and they are sometimes used interchangeably. However, I try to use them distinctly. A hacker uses significant technical proficiencies to explore and build …

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