Are you up on all the Memes?

October 5, 2008

An Internet Meme is: a catchphrase or concept that spreads quickly from person to person via the Internet.

From the start of the Internet (August 16, 1070) through the first Emoticon created (Sept. 19, 1982) the sponge monkeys (June 2002) all the way to Chocolate Rain and LOLCats you can get caught up on all the important cultural moments supplied by the digital  crack house that we call the Internet.

The wonder that is the Internet Meme Timeline.


Answering objections to the internet

October 5, 2008

Jeff Jarvis is a long-time journalist who embraces the changes brought about by the Internet and, as a consultant, tries to help print-oriented organizations understand why the world is different now.

He also gets cranky listening to the same objections over and over. So here are all the usual complaints about the digital world and his usual answers. 

My favorite:

The internet has no ethics. True. It no more has a moral code than a telephone wire, a car, or a knife. We who use it bring the ethics and laws we live under already.

Do you get Twitter?

October 5, 2008

Here is where you sign up for Twitter.

It’s called “micro-blogging.” Only 140 characters per post.

Those who are able to read your posts are limited to those who follow you. You can control who follows you or you can throw the doors open for everybody who wants to read your posts.

You can check it when ever you want to from the page or you can use one of many free standing programs that will update automatically.

You can use it with the text messaging of your cell phone (not a good idea if you don’t have unlimited messaging.)

You can exchange direct messages between you and someone else that will only be seen by you and that person.

Who uses Twitter?

Barack Obama’s campaign

The Wichita Eagle, to notify you when they post new stories

Ron Sylvester does live up dates from Wichita court cases he is covering for the Eagle


The Onion

Darth Vader (and many other famous fictional people although there is a suspicion that it is not really them)

Lou Heldman

And me.

If You want more information, try this article.

For a story about one person’s experience with Twitter try this link.

If you want to give it a shot, follow me and I will follow you.

This will take some time

September 22, 2008

The page this is linked to has a lot of information. But it is worth the time.


Dr. William J. Ward, a.k.a DR4WARD,
currently teaches integrated marketing communications / 360 degree branding and international marketing in the College of Business at Alfred University. 

Who knew Batman’s butler had a university. But I digress.

Read the post. It scans quick. You get the gist of what DR4 s up to. But the videos he linked to take some time to watch. They are worth that time.

The first video takes 4 minutes and 32 seconds. It helps understand what is different about information on the web. I mean it really helps. Seriously.

The second video takes 5 minutes 29 seconds. It looks at what can be done with information on the web.

A question to ponder. If you tried to communicate all the information presented in these two videos could you do it in 10 minutes? Could you present all the information, with the impact of these videos, in 10 minutes?

The third video is 9 minutes and 30 seconds of scary stuff. This is “The World Is Flat” but with out Friedman’s happy face.

Video number four is 4 minutes and 44 seconds. DR4WARD asks, “Does this video accurately reflect your learning experience”? I have another question. How do you think the people in this class get their news? Will the introduction of social media into college instruction influence the consumption of news? Ooops, that’s two. I would love to discuss this video in class (HINT Mr. Heldman HINT)

The fifth video is a test of your curiosity. It is an hour and 6 minutes long. Yikes! It is a classroom presentation by the man who put together videos one, two and four. Dr. Wesch is a professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University. No cattle are harmed in the course of the lecture.

The last video is one man’s attempt to bring social media into the classroom. Good stuff but the vieo kept hanging up on me. Stupid technology. Paper and pencil are much more reliable.

I give this site two thumbs up and Joe Bob says go check it out.