Tag Archives: Social Media

Invisible User

“I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me… When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves or figments of their imagination, indeed, everything and anything except me,” Ralph Ellison wrote in his Invisible Man. I am a Black man and in some spaces, because of this identity, I battle the […]

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Will the Circle be Unbroken?

One of the better novels I have read in the last several months is Dave Eggers’ The Circle. Eggers came onto the stage with a great book, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, which was a memoir. This guy is a dynamo – novels, non-profits, community activist, and thinker. The Circle is a superb good […]

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Indiana, Duke, Yik Yak, and the purpose of Education

The news has been full of lamentable examples of bigotry and discrimination. The governor of Indiana signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, legislation that permits businesses to discriminate on the basis of religion—a restaurant, for instance, could refuse service to a gay couple. The politician posed the law as a moral argument; and yet, any […]

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Let’s Talk About Access

I want to talk about two things, skills and structures.  Let’s start with some numbers about social media and computer science. According to the most recent Pew Research Report, 83% of African American teens play video games, which is more than any other group. Forty five percent of Black teens reported using twitter. Sixty-four percent […]

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People in Glass Houses: Rick Hess, AERA, and Rankings

Every year around this time Rick Hess writes a little screed in his outlet of choice – Ed Week – where he calls to task those individuals who come up with funny titles for presentations at AERA.  You can read his previous blogs here and here.  I’ve never been partial to ridicule, although its close […]

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When Good People Say Bad Things

Alexander Graham Bell called for deaf people to be forbidden from marrying each other and for deaf children to be sterilized.  The inventor of the telephone had a deaf mother and a deaf wife but thought of sign language as “pantomime.” Francis Galton was a eugenicist who claimed, among other things, “There is nothing either […]

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The University of Mississippi Board of Trustees: A New Confederacy of Dunces

For most of my youth, I lived in Augusta, Georgia.  Due to the resources at the local university (then named Augusta College), I first learned how to use a computer, was able to participate in numerous sports, spent countless hours learning about the world in the library, and gave my first piano recitals.  Those recitals, […]

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On Donations, Philanthropy, and Ice Bucket Challenges

The ALS ‘ice bucket’ challenge has raised about 150 million since the middle of last summer, which is on top of the amount of money they raised when the challenge began.  ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is admittedly a very tough disease for anyone to have.  The fellows who thought up the ice bucket challenge […]

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“What’s Hot/What’s Not”: Higher Ed & Social media 2015

Since we are at the beginning of a new year, I’m seeing a lot more “top 10” and “trends to watch” lists. I thought I would give it a shot and offer my own. I’ve blogged about our collective social media behaviors on this blog before, but I’ve never addressed specific trends. It’s definitely something […]

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I Read This Book and You Have To: It’s Complicated

It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by danah boyd is a fun, thoughtful, essential book to read for anyone who is trying to make sense of how teenagers make use of social media. Her narrative voice is great; from page 1 until the end of the book 213 pages later, the reader has […]

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