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Facebook News Feed: Finally lets you choose which friends' posts to see first.
Courtesy of Facebook The big complaint about Facebook* has always been that you can’t control what you see in your News Feed. That is finally beginning to change. Facebook announced a new set of options Thursday that will let you specify, among other things, which friends’ posts you’d like to see at the top of your feed when you open the app or website. So if you want to see the latest updates from your best friend, your spouse, and your worst frenemy before you move on to your lesser acquaintances, that’s your prerogative. Speaking of Salon, Facebook’s latest updates also make it much easier to unfollow friends and pages whose posts you’re not interested in anymore. Image courtesy of Facebook You can find the new options in a revamped “preferences” menu, starting Thursday on the iOS app and rolling out to Android and the Web in the next few weeks. For years Facebook was convinced that algorithmic ranking was the best way to arrange its users’ News Feeds. In many ways, it was right.
The high cost of not finding information
By Susan Feldman On Sept 23, 1999, NASA's Mars Climate Orbiter spacecraft disappeared. The spacecraft had flown nine-and-a-half months and 416 million miles flawlessly. In an increasingly information-based world, we turn out complex products that are less tangible than they are knowledge-based. Information disasters There are all kinds of information disasters. Missing or incomplete information plagues many projects. Finally, there is the increasing problem of too much information. Disasters of lesser or similar proportions happen every day to enterprises that are dependent on good information delivered in a timely manner to the people who need it. Second, with the advent of the World Wide Web, every professional worker has become a searcher, but without either search training or a roadmap of what he or she is searching. Third, most professionals are inundated with too much information, and they have very few tools to help them handle the flood. The costs of not finding information Endeca
Lines on Plagiarism Blur for Students in the Digital Age
“Now we have a whole generation of students who’ve grown up with information that just seems to be hanging out there in cyberspace and doesn’t seem to have an author,” said Teresa Fishman, director of the Center for Academic Integrity at Clemson University. “It’s possible to believe this information is just out there for anyone to take.” Professors who have studied plagiarism do not try to excuse it — many are champions of academic honesty on their campuses — but rather try to understand why it is so widespread. In surveys from 2006 to 2010 by Donald L. McCabe, a co-founder of the Center for Academic Integrity and a business professor at Rutgers University, about 40 percent of 14,000 undergraduates admitted to copying a few sentences in written assignments. Perhaps more significant, the number who believed that copying from the Web constitutes “serious cheating” is declining — to 29 percent on average in recent surveys from 34 percent earlier in the decade. Ms. Photo Ms. In the view of Ms.
» Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable Clay Shirky
Back in 1993, the Knight-Ridder newspaper chain began investigating piracy of Dave Barry’s popular column, which was published by the Miami Herald and syndicated widely. In the course of tracking down the sources of unlicensed distribution, they found many things, including the copying of his column to alt.fan.dave_barry on usenet; a 2000-person strong mailing list also reading pirated versions; and a teenager in the Midwest who was doing some of the copying himself, because he loved Barry’s work so much he wanted everybody to be able to read it. One of the people I was hanging around with online back then was Gordy Thompson, who managed internet services at the New York Times. I remember Thompson saying something to the effect of “When a 14 year old kid can blow up your business in his spare time, not because he hates you but because he loves you, then you got a problem.” I think about that conversation a lot these days. Revolutions create a curious inversion of perception.
Why plagiarize when you can rip off a writer's thoughts?
I could frame this piece about plagiarism by starting with a little verse about a renowned professor who won his fame by appropriating the work of another: Let no one else’s work evade your eyes Remember why the good Lord made your eyes So don’t shade your eyes But plagiarize, plagiarize, plagiarize… Only be sure always to call it please ‘research.’ I might credit the author of those lines, the satirist and folk singer Tom Lehrer, but you’d likely think me less clever for merely quoting someone when I could have used an idea of my own. Perhaps I should start off with what put plagiarism back in journalism’s center court—a series of allegations against prominent writers such as CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, The New Yorker’s Malcolm Gladwell, and BuzzFeed’s Benny Johnson. Surely I could get away with quoting from the allegations without any attribution because the two bloggers who investigated the journalists have remained anonymous. Those last two sentences, I admit, are not mine.
The Internet's Dark Ages
The web, as it appears at any one moment, is a phantasmagoria. It’s not a place in any reliable sense of the word. It is not a repository. It is not a library. You can't count on the web, okay? Digital information itself has all kinds of advantages. There are exceptions. It is not just access to knowledge, but the knowledge itself that’s at stake. The promise of the web is that Alexandria’s library might be resurrected for the modern world. Before the Internet, if you wanted to look up an old newspaper article, you usually had to find it in an archive. “I was spinning my way through December,” Vaughan said, “and I stopped and I saw this headline that said 20 children had been killed in bus-train collision. After college, Vaughan became a reporter himself. By this time it was 1992. Fifteen years, to be exact. The collision had new resonance for a community still aching from the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, a shooting in which 12 students and 1 teacher were murdered.
Infographic Shows Fair Use’s Importance in a Day in the Life of a College Student
In conjunction with Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2016, ARL is releasing an infographic that shows how a college student relies on fair use numerous times in a typical day. Fair use and fair dealing are vitally important rights for everybody, everywhere—students, faculty, librarians, journalists, and all users of copyrighted material. These doctrines provide balance to the copyright system by allowing the use of copyrighted resources without permission from the rightholder under certain circumstances, thereby promoting creative progress and accommodating freedom of expression. The “Fair Use in a Day in the Life of a College Student” infographic is freely available as a PDF to embed on blogs and websites and to print and hand out at events. Share the link, embed the PDF on your site, print copies for your next event, and continue to support and work with your campus partners on promoting fair use. About the Association of Research Libraries