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NYT calls it a Twitter Trap. I say Keller needs to rethink

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Over on Facebook, a friend pointed to the May 18 article by Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times: The Twitter Trap. Keller wrote such a load of nonsense – my heart sank when I read it. A few thoughts on that story in a moment, but first: let’s recall that, Keller’s claim […]

Follow up on commenting, and Facebook

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Proliferating platforms for blog posts allow comments to go all over the map. What do you do when some comments on a public post end up in a walled garden (like Facebook)?

Inner gremlin bites hand that feeds it

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

A late-night tweet, a disturbing dream, and a response to the tweets resolves the meaning of the dream. But will it change my feeding habits?

Toward a new medievalism?

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

I just left this comment on It’s me going off on a typical theory bender, but the idea of Twitter’s Suggested User List (SUL) sparked another “here come the Middle Ages” image/moment for me. (As I note in the comment, they’ve been popping up for me since the late 1970s: my first one happened […]

Urban density and social media tools

Monday, June 8th, 2009

It won’t come as news to those of us who love and defend cities, but it’s nice to have scientific research backing up what we espouse as urban positives: High population density triggers cultural explosions, according to a new study by scientists at University College London. The study was published in the journal Science; see […]

Too many choices!

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

For some reason, Thursday February 26 offers a plenitude of events to choose from, but no matter which I choose, I’ll be wistfully wondering if I should be elsewhere since I can’t be at all three. First, there’s VIAFest! February 26!, which includes a free museum tour of the Royal BC Museum’s Modern Galleries and […]

Twitter and local mainstream media

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Victoria’s local paper, the Times-Colonist, which is part of the CanWest empire and therefore not a particularly local paper at all, recently began twittering. Admittedly, I was really surprised to see @timescolonist show up on such a site.  Not only that, but its editor-in-chief, Lucinda Chodan, also tweets: @lchodan. I had a conversation with someone […]

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