Stumbling Toward Enlightenment

Gatherings from the Internet

05/10/2010
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Talk to me

This is the second crucial distinction between traditional activism and its online variant: social media are not about this kind of hierarchical organization. Facebook and the like are tools for building networks, which are the opposite, in structure and character, of hierarchies. Unlike hierarchies, with their rules and procedures, networks aren’t controlled by a single central authority. Decisions are made through consensus, and the ties that bind people to the group are loose. Continue reading

04/05/2010
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Stolen Facebook Accounts for Sale

The case points to a significant expansion in the illicit market for social networking accounts from Eastern Europe to the United States, he said.

Criminals steal log-in data for Facebook accounts, typically with “phishing” techniques that tricks users into disclosing their passwords or with malware that logs keystrokes. They then use the accounts to send spam, distribute malicious programs and run identity and other fraud. Continue reading

15/02/2010
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Cursive is, like, so last century

Castro’s favorite historical figures are John and Abigail Adams, who corresponded lovingly with one another.
“I don’t know if Abigail would have felt the same way if it were in printing,” said Castro, who discusses the importance of language with his students, “but I do feel like tweets wouldn’t have been enough.”

But writing is, literally, such a pain, students said. “For a final I had to write for half an hour,” Los Altos High freshman David Survilo said. “My hand got tired after 20 minutes.” Continue reading

17/11/2009
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Now it’s correct to use the word “unfriend”

In a post on their blog, the New Oxford American Dictionary chose “unfriend” as the 2009 Word of the Year. The word is defined as the act of “remov[ing] someone as a ‘friend’ on a social networking site such as Facebook.”According to one of the dictionary’s senior lexicographer, the word was selected for its “currency and potential longevity.” “It assumes a verb sense of “friend” that is really not used (at least not since maybe the 17th century!),” Christine Lindberg observed.”Unfriend” beat out “sexting,” “funemployed,” “deleb,”(a dead celeb) ” teabagger,” and “hashtag” for the distinction. Continue reading

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