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Andrew Fitzgerald: Adventures in Twitter fiction

Andrew Fitzgerald: Adventures in Twitter fiction
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How Twitter Saved my Literature Class: A Case Study with Discussion “How Twitter Saved my Literature Class: A Case Study with Discussion” Andy Jones, University of California, Davis Originally published: Jones, A. “How Twitter Saved my Literature Class: A Case Study with Discussion.” (2011). Teaching Arts and Science with the New Social Media. A collection edited by Charles Wankel. More than anything else, what distinguishes a great class from an adequate class is the attitude of the participants. In order for such a course to exist, in order for this transformational learning to take place, the instructor and students together must face down an array of obstacles and distractions. Perhaps recent research in industrial psychology could help us understand what motivates our students. I had this question in mind as I was preparing for a short fiction class for 30 undergraduates that I taught during the summer of 2009 at the University of California, Davis. I first encountered Twitter as a journalist. Facebook offers too many distractions.

Shutdown coverage fails Americans U.S. news reports are largely blaming the government shutdown on the inability of both political parties to come to terms. It is supposedly the result of a "bitterly divided" Congress that "failed to reach agreement" (Washington Post) or "a bitter budget standoff" left unresolved by "rapid-fire back and forth legislative maneuvers" (New York Times). This sort of false equivalence is not just a failure of journalism. It is also a failure of democracy. When the political leadership of this country is incapable of even keeping the government open, a political course correction is in order. The truth of what happened Monday night, as almost all political reporters know full well, is that "Republicans staged a series of last-ditch efforts to use a once-routine budget procedure to force Democrats to abandon their efforts to extend U.S. health insurance." What makes all this more than a journalistic failure is that the press plays a crucial role in our democracy. We need a more fearless media.

For News From Syrian Battleground, a Reliance on Social Media Western journalists are struggling to cover what the world has so far seen largely through YouTube. But while some television news crews have been filing reports from Damascus, the dangers of reporters being killed or kidnapped there — as well as visa problems — have kept most journalists outside the country’s borders and heightened the need for third-party images. “The difficulty of getting into Syria, the shrunken foreign correspondent corps, and the audience gains for social media make it likely this story will be consumed differently by the American public than tensions or conflicts in past years,” said Ann Marie Lipinski, the curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls Syria the deadliest country in the world for reporters. Last year, 28 journalists working there were killed, and 18 have died so far this year, according to the group, a nonprofit based in New York. “This content is often the only content available,” Mr.

Tweepi :: manage your Twitter account [January 21] Internet Skills and Wikipedia's Gender Inequality January 21, 2014 at 12:30pm ETBerkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Floor Although women are just as likely as men to read Wikipedia, they only represent an estimated 16% of global Wikipedia editors and 23% of U.S. adult Wikipedia editors. Previous research has focused on analyzing aspects of current contributors and aspects of the existing Wikipedia community to explain this gender gap in contributions. Instead, we analyze data about both Wikipedia contributors and non-contributors. We also focus on a previously ignored factor: people’s Internet skills. Our data set includes a diverse group of American young adults with detailed information about their background attributes, Internet experiences and skills. About Eszter Eszter Hargittai is Delaney Family Professor in the Communication Studies Department and Faculty Associate of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University where she heads the Web Use Project. About Aaron

@RealTimeGatsby - Effective use of Twitter for English Class Just today I came across the Twitter account @RealTimeGatsby. Yep, it is exactly what it sounds like – a real time account of the novel The Great Gatsby, only tweeted and not read. Something similar has been done for World War II, which became wildly popular and was incredibly educational. #Nick - Excited about moving out East. #Daisy - Can’t decide between the white dress and the other white dress. #Myrtle - That sign down the road is creepy in the morning. The use of Hashtags modernizes the novels core meanings and brings a completely different sense of understanding to students.

Kimmel Twerking Prank Shows Inanity of TV News Jimmy Kimmel revealed last night that his show was behind the twerking-girl-catches-fire video that recently went viral, and he capped his segment with a montage of all the news and talk shows that had aired and discussed the video. Here, in this one hyperconcentrated minute of tape, can be found just about everything wrong with TV news today. 1. The twerking video, to my America's Funniest Home Videos–trained eye, was clearly a gag. "Human interest videos" are not an entirely new development in news: Viral videos are just the latest evolutionary step. 2. 3. 4. 5. There are so many more ridiculous aspects to be found in this footage; like a crossword puzzle, once you put it away and come back to it, more is revealed. How the Internet won and abortion rights lost in Texas This afternoon, as the viewers gradually trickled in to the Texas Tribune's YouTube livestream of State Sen. Wendy Davis's attempt at a 13-hour-long filibuster, many people wondered why they'd seen so little news coverage of the event. Commenters noted they'd only heard of Davis's longshot gambit from Facebook and Tumblr, not from their regular news sources. Hours and hours later, "all the major news networks [were] covering a broken cruise ship." But on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook, Wendy Davis was all anyone, anywhere, could talk about. More: The tweets from Wendy Davis’s filibuster A Twitter user caught a rule 31 senators missed More than 178,000 people, including the U.S. president, were glued to YouTube, and the serene blonde figure at the center of what could go down as one of the most dramatic public debates in U.S. political history. But like something straight out of Mr. Photo via HelloTinaPhan/Instagram The longer Davis stood, the more word of mouth spread. Sen.

GeneraTweet - Un nouvel outil pour partager vos articles sur Twitter ! Cet article a été publié il y a 1 an 10 mois 26 jours, il est donc possible qu’il ne soit plus à jour. Les informations proposées sont donc peut-être expirées. Depuis une semaine, le New York Times teste une mécanique de partage totalement innovante. Alors que le partage « classique » d’une page mentionne son titre, son URL et éventuellement le nom de l’auteur ou du site, il est maintenant possible de partager directement un extrait d’article en cliquant dessus . Nous allons voir dans cet article quels sont les résultats de ce test et comment faire la même chose sur votre blog/site. Le New York Times a intégré cette fonctionnalité à un article publié le 22 août sur les coulisses du Saturday Night Live, émission phare du PAF américain. Le fonctionnement est très simple. Comment réagissent les internautes à cette nouvelle fonctionnalité ? [quote]Les journalistes veulent être lus. L’agence Atchik-services à mis en place une solution gratuite pour faire la même chose sur votre blog/site !

Why Eton, Britain's 574-Year-Old High School, Is Embracing Ed Tech - Leo Mirani "It would be very foolish of us to bury our heads in the sand and assume that education in schools will carry on in the traditional way,” says Eton's head of IT. What does a nearly six-century-old private school that charges $54,000 a year in tuition do when confronted with start-ups with bright ideas about how education should work? If you’re Eton College, alma mater to much of the British establishment including the serving prime minister and the mayor of London, you work with them. Along with Oxford University’s Said Business School, Eton College—a high school for boys between the ages of 13 and 18—has partnered with Emerge Venture Lab, a London-based accelerator, to support educational technology, or “edetch,” start-ups. Behind this ancient institution’s embrace of the modern is an intense awareness that things are about to change, and dramatically. Two trends are driving the change.

50 Ways to Use Twitter in the College Classroom Twitter has caught fire across many professional fields as well as personally, but it seems to be in the beginning stages in the realm of higher education. The creative ways Twitter users have incorporated microblogging has become inspirational, so the recent trend of using Twitter at college, including at online colleges, is sure to keep evolving into an ever more impressive tool. Make sure you don’t get left behind by incorporating some of these educational and fun ways that Twitter can be used in the college classroom. Communication Twitter offers new and exciting ways to open up the lines of communication in the classroom. Direct Tweet. Class Projects and Discovering Content From learning how to use Twitter to finding useful information for class to practicing a foreign language, Twitter provides creative opportunities for learning. Twitter-specific projects. Twitter Tools Twhirl. Finding People in Academia to Follow Twitter Professors: 18 People to Follow for a Real Time Education.

Journalism has become unstuck in time Listen: Billy Pilgrim has become unstuck in time.—Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five For this month’s issue of the Columbia Journalism Review, Jay Rosen has written the kind of incisive, wonderful essay that demands a response. Not the “Hey, you’re wrong!” The main problem journalism hopes to solve, Rosen argues, is the problem of what he calls “the awayness of things” — the fact that, in modern society, meaningful news occurs outside our immediate social circle. The problem of journalism is thus a problem of space, and it is a problem deeply connected to the founding of the American nation. In this sense, the American republic incorporated journalism from the beginning because it assumed a common identity over the 13 original states. One of the current dilemmas of 21st-century journalism, then, is that a great many more people are “there” than used to be the case. In his seminal essay on the telegraph, Carey gives us an example from the world of finance.

Findbostonbombers: Reddit vs. the media in search for Boston bombing suspects Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor/Getty Images It’s easy to criticize users of the influential social-news site Reddit for circulating the photos of random innocent bystanders and fingering them as potential suspects in the Boston bombings. I did it myself just yesterday, deriding Redditors for latching onto marathon spectators like “Blue Robe Guy” on the thinnest of circumstantial evidence. So did several other journalists, some of whom went much further in their denunciations. Will Oremus is Slate's senior technology writer. Today, it’s clear Reddit users have heard the complaints—and some are turning them right back onto the media. It’s easy to mock Redditors for an abundance of self-righteousness and a shortage of self-awareness. On Reddit, “the media” has become a pejorative term. But here’s the thing that many in “the media”—that is, the professional media—are overlooking. That conscience is in even greater evidence today. We stand by our story.

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