I recently noted that
datafication has a
Wikipedia article. This is another term for a phenomenon I usually speak
following Ritzer and Rescher. I figured I should start keeping a list of
related terms and uses; if you’ve encounter a similar term, please leave
it in …
A recent TEDx Talk by Will Stephen is the new "Dr. Fox Lecture."
In the 1970s researchers designed an experiment to see how a group would rate a short lecture by an actor, trained only the day before, who charismatically presented bunk (Naftulin, Ware, and Donnelly, 1973). The audience was …
I argue that life hacking is a type of self-help reflective the
present moment. How should I refer to this mindset and moment? I have a
number of terms available to me. Foucault famously spoke of episteme,
the conditions of discourse by which knowledge claims are considered
acceptable. His “archeology …
Since writing Reading the Comments I often think about how to best explain why it is people can act so rotten online.
I recently put together a graphic that uses the "bad apple" idiom.
The three sources of rottenness also, roughly, follow the development of theories about online behavior.
Can one apply the life hacking ethos of analyzing and optimizing to the
romantic sphere? Some do! If you read Amy Webb, Chris McKinlay, and Val
Aurora you will see a focus on two things in particular: matching and
Webb and McKinlay hacked dating systems to figure out how …
It's that time of the year where we give our final evaluation of students and they do the same.
This semester I received an interesting bit of feedback, mirroring the comment a student also made in class.
At the time, in speaking about things like the Wikipedia "gender-gap" and online …
In writing about online life, I've found it necessary to distinguish
between the behaviors of trolling, hating, and harassing, and the
attitudes of androcentrism, sexism, and misogyny. Many writers tend to
conflate these terms, especially in the popular press. For example, most
any troubling online behavior is called "trolling." Whitney …
I consider life hackers to be geeks, and I understand geeks to be those
who are enthusiastic about a topic.1 For instance, reef geeks are
into aquariums. Of course, when speaking of geeks what is most likely to
come to mind are those enthusiastic about technology and fantasy, such …