Wednesday, February 28, 2007
i thought it as brilliant- simple, fun, and a great concept. it seems as if licensing the clips from the major studios will pave the way for new multimedia content that will be featured on the iPhone.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Did anyone else enjoy Rebecca Woolf today? Just curious. :)
just a reminder - today's speaker is rebecca woolf of girls gone child and babble. rebecca was mentioned in last week's Time magazine and she posted a response on her blog. she'll be discussing this dust-up on the issue of our intersecting private and public spheres, as well as her experiences writing the blog, getting a book deal and hosting chats for the starlight foundation. see you all later.
Downtown Long Beach has it. Culver City has. Now it looks like all of LA will have it too - by 2009. Villaraigosa plans to install municipal wifi across LA: "Such a project, covering 498 square miles of the sprawling city, would be a massive undertaking, costing somewhere around $54-$62 million." Of course, the day the mayor made this announcement, Houston decided to one up us, and announced a plan for 600 sq miles of free wifi.
Its not clear yet if LA's free wifi will be as "free" as Culver City's - which installed filtering software to prevent illegal downloads and surfing porn. The software can also prevent all peer to peer traffic, even the legal exchange of content. (but its unclear if that has ever been activated).
what do you guys think? does this amount to goverment censorship or protection? does it defeat the purpose of free wifi or enhance it?
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Thanks to the internet and the evolution of web-based software programs in schools, however, many of those geographic barriers no longer exist. Now, a new online community has emerged that promises to democratize the process of curriculum development, giving educators the ability to tailor instructional content to the needs of their students, wherever they are, free of charge.
Dubbed the "Wikipedia of curriculum" by its creators, the online community known as Curriki -- accessible at www.curriki.org -- aims to provide a place online where educators from anywhere in the world can post curricula and lesson plans for review and use by fellow classroom teachers.
This can also be related to last week's class where the guest speaker was taking about "point-of-reception" marketing, and Toyota is marketing to those who have not necessarily considered the Toyota brand. Who knows, their point of greatest receptivity might be through Second Life.
P.S. Feel free to tell your parents about the new site!!
Monday, February 12, 2007
(I couldn't figure out how to post the video so here is the link.)
far be it for me to advocate illegal downloading, or encouraging piracy, but just as an fyi: boingboing points us to this site, that allows you to download all of this year's oscar-nominated movies:
OscarTorrents is an audacious new site from The Pirate Bay: a search-engine for torrents of this year's Oscar nominees.from the site itself:
OscarTorrents is the Oscars as it should be -- everyone can download the year's nominations using the popular BitTorrent service, watch the movies, then use our rating system to choose their favourites. Why restrict the voting to a few bought-off jurors when the whole world can have their say?
Comm 321 Midterm Paper Assignment
Due Date: March 8, 2007 by end of class
Relationships and CMC
Your paper must be based on the assigned readings on these topics. You should also include additional sources, but to satisfy the assignment your paper must clearly demonstrate that you have read and integrated the specific assigned material into your approach to the topic. The primary criterion for grading the paper will be how well you have used the reading materials to answer the questions posed.
Paper Length: 6-8 pages
References: Minimum of eight articles.
Assignment: Drawing upon your personal experiences (your blog, your social network profile, your “wild card” community, and even your email interaction), please examine how computer-mediated communication contributes to the formation and maintenance of relationships. What is different about relationships formed and maintained through CMC, as compared to face-to-face, and what is the same? In what ways is our ability to express ourselves constrained or expanded through virtual communication? How have the communities you participate in contributed to the process of identity formation? What constitutes a successful virtual community and what failures have you recognized? Use concrete examples from your experiences on Blogger, Myspace and Facebook, SecondLife, Youtube, Wikipedia, etc.
In addition to the assigned readings, feel free to also use the articles and books below as the source material for your paper. You may also search for additional relevant sources though Lexis-Nexis, the USC library, and the E-Resources available through USC’s library (http://was.usc.edu/eresources/isd/)
Baker, P. (2001). Moral panic and alternative identity construction in usenet. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication [On-line], 7 (1). Available: http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol7/issue1/baker.html
Birnie, S. A., & Horvath, P. (2002). Psychological predictors of Internet social communication. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication [On-line], 7 (4). Available: http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol7/issue4/horvath.html
Boneva, K., Kraut, R., & Frolich, D. (2001). Using e-mail for personal relationships. The difference gender makes. Available: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~kraut/RKraut.site.files/articles/boneva02-Email-DifferenceGenderMakes.pdf
Flanagin, A., Tiaamornwong, V., O'Connor, J., & Seibold, D. (2002). Computer-mediated group work: The interaction of member sex and anonymity. Communication Research, Vol 29(1), 66-93. Available: http://crx.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/29/1/66
Krikorian, D.H., Lee, J-S., Chock, T.M., & Harms, C. (2000). Isn't that spatial?: Distance and communication in a 2-D virtual environment. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication [On-line], 5 (4). Available: http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol5/issue4/krikorian.html
Knox, D., Daniels, V., Sturdivant, L., Susman, M. E. (2001). College student use of the Internet for mate selection. College Student Journal, 35 (1), 158-160. Available: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FCR/is_1_35/ai_74221519
McKenna, K. Y. A., Green, A. S., & Gleason, M. E. J. (2002). Relationship formation on the Internet: What's the big attraction? Journal of Social Issues, Vol 58(1), Spr 2002, 9-31. Available: http://jrichardstevens.com/articles/McKenna-onlinerelation.pdf
Parks, M.R., & Floyd, K. (1996). Making friends in cyberspace. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication [On-line], 1 (4). Available: http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol1/issue4/parks.html
Putnam, R.D. 2000. Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community.
Walther, J., Slovacek, C., & Tidwell, L. (2001). Is a picture worth a thousand words?: Photographic images in long-term and short-term computer-mediated communication. Communication Research, Vol 28(1), 105-134. Available: http://crx.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/28/1/105
Wellman, B., et al. 2001. Does the Internet increase, decrease, or supplement social capital? Social networks, participation, and community commitment. American Behavioral Scientist 45(November):437-456.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
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Saturday, February 10, 2007
Friday, February 9, 2007
Here's the link to the 20/20 page which includes a few clips and such on the subject:
"Caught on Tape"
Get outta my phone!
Spammers are getting crafty - they're sending text messages to your cell phone. But Fortune's Julie Schlosser is fighting back.
Thursday, February 8, 2007
Recommended, but not required, is this article from the UN Chronicle: Digital Divide into Digital Opportunities.
Additionally, I unfortunately have to cancel our April 26th class. that was supposed to be our conclusion and review class. if you feel you need a review class in order to work on your final papers, I'm happy to schedule a supplementary class, or try to conduct the class online.
see you all later today.
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Monday, February 5, 2007
so, what's your favorite? overall, I'd say they were pretty disappointing.
my favorite isn't exactly new - in ran in theaters last summer and has been all over youtube for months now, but I just love it - the coca-cola video game ad. not only does it subvert Grand Theft Auto's unrelenting violence and grittiness celeverly, but it also draws from and further's coke's brand attributes. It continues the coke tradition from its Vietnam-era "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" (yes, that song was originally a coke advertisement, and no, I dont really remember it when it first ran on TV). its been such a long time since coke was making great ads. I'm glad they are again.
Saturday, February 3, 2007
Friday, February 2, 2007
Thursday, February 1, 2007
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Superbowl ads ditch the Superbowl for YouTube
after it was brought up last week in class, thought you might enjoy colbert's take on microsoft's attempt to edit wikipedia.
and for an academic take on "the wisdom of crowds" you might want to check out James Surowiecki's book with that title.