23 Jun

4 interesting articles i’ve read this week

For tonight’s instalment of seven days of lists, I give you four interesting articles / blog posts (shortish ones!) I’ve read this week

  1. The verdict: Is blogging or tweeting about research papers worth it? In this article, the author talks about her experience with making her papers available in her institution’s open access repository, then blogging and tweeting about them, and the resultant impact on downloads. In summary, she suggests: “If you want people to find and read your research, build up a digital presence in your discipline, and use it to promote your work when you have something interesting to share.”
  2. Author Nicholas Carr: The Web Shatters Focus, Rewires Brains. A student in my undergrad Social Technologies class pointed me to this article. It’s a little bit older now but it’s really, really interesting. The author calls the internet an “interruption system”. The article provides understandable insights into the impact of the internet on our attention and what happens when our attention is chronically fragmented.
  3. Why the humble notebook is flourishing in the iPhone era. I wrote a post the other day about Midori Traveler’s Notebooks (MTNs), and I have another coming about how I use mine to organise my life and my thoughts. This post looks at bullet journalling, a system that I implement in a lightweight way in my MTN. This post is a reflection on how the bullet journalling craze is playing out.
  4. Why isn’t there a Grindr for straight people? My boss told me about this article. We have some incredibly random conversations because we are both very, very prone to making tangential links. I think we were talking about information environments and he was telling me about how this article said that people use Grindr when they’re sitting in gay bars to explore who is there and might want to hook up. He was telling me about how Grindr emulates the gay bar environment. Here’s a key quote: “All successful dating apps succeed because they recreate versions of older dating institutions and experiences in a new, digitally networked form. And what Grindr seeks to approximate are specifically sites of LGBT liberation and community: gay bars, bathhouses, gyms and so on.” I find this incredibly interesting. The convergence of online and physical.

What have you been reading lately?

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