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  1. Polarizing comments

    While catching up on podcasts this weekend I was surprised that news of Popular Science "Shutting Off Our Comments" had traveled so far. On September 24, PopSci explained they were disabling comments because trolls and spambots were overwhelming their ability of "fostering lively, intellectual debate" (Labarre2013wws). They justified this decision ...

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  2. Load Out

    In 2004 a physical therapist told me that my shoulders were askew and that I should use a traditional backpack. Hence, I would have to surrender my supply of single-strap conference schwag (free promotional merchandise) and return to the double straps of my boyhood. Fortunately, I found a backpack that ...

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  3. FIRST and Vine

    I’ve been surprised by the increasing dominance of customer reviews from the Amazon Vine; this program gives select customers free “new and pre-release items” from participating vendors. For instance, of the ten most helpful reviews (the default view) for this laser pointer six are Vine reviews. We might be ...

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  4. Comment Culture Abstract

    A short abstract of my research on feedback and comment:

    Comment Culture: Feedback, ratings, and reviews in the age of the Web

    Our world today is permeated by comment: ratings, rankings, and reviews are inescapable, on-line and off. Granted, as long as humans have spoken, we’ve been commenting about ...

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  5. 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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  6. A Culture of Haters

    Despite my apathy toward Scientology, I viewed the recent attacks by Anonymous with a similar indifference. I don't view Anonymous' attempts to bring down Scientology websites in the same like I do earlier geek engagements with Scientology, or other actions like the anti-DMCA protests I participated in. Both Anonymous ...

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