I hear you, Gardner. I do.
@Todd. My mind wind begins to howl with this post for me.
May I add one other word, a most daunting concept that seems to mutate meaning every time I hear it discussed, no, just mentioned on TV and taken for granted? That would be: “Education”.
I think sometimes, when so many words move about so freely and oft miscommunicated or misunderstood, and there too is so much tension, we need to center ourselves in the simplest forms. The early language of the things that have grown so complex. No more talking falsely of the machinations of words we created. A simpler time. A deeper breath.
These days it seems everyone is in the word salad business trying to make a name. Or a buck.
ps. I love the “howl” at the start and then at the last so closely tie to the song.
Seven years later I’ll comment on my own post, which is faintly (or boldly) ridiculous, but also a way of saying that I got at something in this post that I’d completely forgotten I’d gotten at.
And I found the post because today, over seven years later, I got a pingback on the post from Andy Rush’s blog. I don’t know why I didn’t see Andy’s blog post at the time, but I didn’t. Pingbacks are supposed to help with that, to alert me to someone’s linking to my post in theirs. Pingbacks are dicey in my experience, and this one clearly comes absurdly late … unless in truth it has arrived just in time.
O tempore! O pingbacks!
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This sounds like a lot of fun. I did something similar in an Apocalypse and Film course, but only as part of the whole, a case study as you say. Students enjoyed the historical perspective for a change!
So glad to see a focus on the power of Feed Reading as a habit. I still maintain that the humble, often designated dead Feed REader is the only technology, that is not lying when described as time saving https://cogdogblog.com/2017/09/indispensable-tool/
NetNewsWire was my first reader! Glad it is still around, and as D’Arcy notes, as a desktop app all your habits should stay there.
I’ve been pretty happy with Inoreader, and I don’t use too many of its advanced features, but there’s a lot there you can do. I tend to use Feedly for classes where I want to have some feeds from my students bundled together.
As much as I advocate and still create the syndication blog hubs for connected courses, I have wondered if we served students better showing how they can create their own hubs with a reader and a started pack of OPML https://cogdogblog.com/2019/02/keep-blog-syndication-simpler/
Sounds like those Swedish researchers have too much time on their hands. It may be a legitimate study, but given the noise in their argument and their data, I’m not sure any valid conclusions can be drawn from this.
“Customization”, boy howdy. That’s like the line out of that Ice-T, Jello Biafra epic, “Shut Up, Be Happy”
the comfort you demanded is now mandatory
Yup, that’s customization in a nutshell.
Don’t forget that other important feature of a blogroll (or blog network)–you can learn from someone else who did the research that you weren’t willing to do yourself! Thanks Gardner–I can’t wait to read what you have in store for tomorrow.