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City Brights: Howard Rheingold

City Brights: Howard Rheingold
“Every man should have a built-in automatic crap detector operating inside him.” Ernest Hemingway, 1954 The answer to almost any question is available within seconds, courtesy of the invention that has altered how we discover knowledge – the search engine. Materializing answers from the air turns out to be the easy part – the part a machine can do. The real difficulty kicks in when you click down into your search results. Unless a great many people learn the basics of online crap detection and begin applying their critical faculties en masse and very soon, I fear for the future of the Internet as a useful source of credible news, medical advice, financial information, educational resources, scholarly and scientific research. The first thing we all need to know about information online is how to detect crap, a technical term I use for information tainted by ignorance, inept communication, or deliberate deception. Today, just as it was back then, “Who is the author?” Resources:

Mindful Infotention: Dashboards, Radars, Filters | City Brights: Howard Rheingold Infotention is a word I came up with to describe the psycho-social-techno skill/tools we all need to find our way online today, a mind-machine combination of brain-powered attention skills with computer-powered information filters. The inside and outside of infotention work best together: Honing the mental ability to deploy the form of attention appropriate for each moment is an essential internal skill for people who want to find, direct, and manage streams of relevant information by using online media knowledgeably.Knowing how to put together intelligence dashboards, news radars, and information filters from online tools like persistent search and RSS is the external technical component of information literacy. Knowing what to pay attention to is a cognitive skill that steers and focuses the technical knowledge of how to find information worth your attention. The overall system I’m seeking to understand is one of mindful infotention. Infotention Filters

OU makes e-Books available on iTunes - 10/29/2010 Friday 29 October 2010 15:55 The Open University has made 100 e-Books available on iTunes, with a further 200 to come by the end of 2010. OU eBook content comes from the OU's OpenLearn website, which contains over 6,600 hours of free course materials. Martin Bean, vice-chancellor of The Open University, said, "The way students choose to learn is changing. "When it comes to mobile learning, OU e-Books will give students everywhere more choice than ever between the formats they prefer." According to research from The British Library, by 2020 just 25% of all titles worldwide will be published only in print form. Email Alerts Register now to receive IT-related news, guides and more, delivered to your inbox. By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners.

18 Google Chrome Extensions That Make the Internet a Better Place The Infotention Network | Life Skills for Digital Citizenship The Web 2.0 Summit Points of Control Map Main Page (Mouse over the webbrain below, click on nodes) June 19 - July 26 A six week course using asynchronous forums, blogs, wikis, mindmaps, social bookmarks, concept maps, Personal Brain, and synchronous audio, video, chat, and Twitter Cost for individuals is 300 dollars US or 500 dollars if employer reimburses -- via Paypal. 250 for graduates of Rheingold U courses ($200 if you've taken two courses, etc.) Class cohort limited to 30 learners. About this Course Think-know Tools dives into both the theoretical-historical background of intellect augmentation and the practical skills of personal knowledge management. As with other Rheingold U. courses, Think-Know Tools involves 6 weeks of Graduates of Introduction to Mind-Amplifiers can treat Think-Know Tools as an extension of what we covered before. Learning objectives About this course: Expect participative and collaborative learning Schedule Missions Lexicon Texts Session Wiki Pages A Set of Short Videos Related to this Course

Walking on Eggshells: Borrowing Culture in the Remix Age by Maria Popova What legal anachronism has to do with Bob Dylan, Picasso and Family Guy. We’re big proponents of remix culture here because at the core of our mission lies the idea that creativity is merely the ability to combine all the existing pieces in our head — knowledge, memory, inspiration — into incredible new things. Last year, we featured a brilliant panel with Shepard Fairey and CreativeCommons founder Lawrence Lessig titled Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy, followed closely by the excellent documentary RiP: A Remix Manifesto. Today, we bring you Walking on Eggshells: Borrowing Culture in the Remix Age — a new documentary from Yale Law & Technology, offering 24 densely compelling minutes of insight into various facets of intellectual property in the age of remix. Let’s just take Bob Dylan or somebody like that, whom we take for granted. For those of us living on the remix side of things, the film’s thesis is hardly groundbreaking. Share on Tumblr

Smart Mobs » Page not found The chapters of Smart Mobs, including summaries of each chapter and weblog entries for that chapter. A summary of the book Links to outside evaluations of the book. See Howard Rheingold in your area discussing the book and its implications. Information about resources used in the creation of Smart Mobs. Smart mobs emerge when communication and computing technologies amplify human talents for cooperation. Street demonstrators in the 1999 anti-WTO protests used dynamically updated websites, cell-phones, and "swarming" tactics in the "battle of Seattle." The pieces of the puzzle are all around us now, but haven't joined together yet. The people who make up smart mobs cooperate in ways never before possible because they carry devices that possess both communication and computing capabilities.

Loose ties vs. strong: Pinyadda’s platform finds that shared interests trump friendships in “social news” There isn’t a silver bullet for monetizing digital news, but if there were, it would likely involve centralization: the creation of a single space where the frenzied aspects of our online lives — information sharing, social networking, exploration, recommendation — live together in one conveniently streamlined platform. A Boston-based startup called Pinyadda wants to be that space: to make news a pivotal element of social interaction, and vice versa. Think Facebook. Meets Twitter. Owned by Streetwise Media — the owner as well of BostInnovation, the Boston-based startup hub — Pinyadda launched last year with plans to be a central, social spot for gathering, customizing, and sharing news and information. 1. it should gather information from the sites and blogs they read regularly;2. it should mimic the experience of receiving links and comments from the people in their personal networks; and3. it should be continually searching for information about subjects they were interested in.

Books Tools for Thought: The History and Future of Mind-expanding Technology (1985) Full text South of San Francisco and north of Silicon Valley, near the place where the pines on the horizon give way to the live oaks and radiotelescopes, an unlikely subculture has been creating a new medium for human thought. When mass-production models of present prototypes reach our homes, offices, and schools, our lives are going to change dramatically. The first of these mind-amplifying machines will be descendants of the devices now known as personal computers, but they will resemble today’s information processing technology no more than a television resembles a fifteenth-century printing press. They aren’t available yet, but they will be here soon. The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier (1993) Full Text When I started writing about online sociality, I didn’t realize that universities would have programs for cyberculture studies decades later. Net Smart: How to Thrive Online

Facebook’s Social Inbox Wants to Take Over Your Email: Tech News « Updated. Facebook was widely expected to launch a new email service this morning, but what the company announced was much broader than email — CEO Mark Zuckerberg said it is a single “social inbox” for every kind of communication that people use online or from their mobile phones, including email, SMS, instant messaging and Facebook chat messages. Zuckerberg said that the company has tried to build what he called a “modern messaging system” that is lightweight and easy to use, and offers a number of features that blend the usability of email and the benefits of other systems such as Facebook chat, instant messaging and SMS. The three main features of the new service include: A seamless messaging system: Facebook’s social inbox handles email, but also SMS and IM. Update: The Facebook CEO said the rollout of the new messaging system would be gradual, starting with a small group of invitation-only users (including those who were present at the announcement).