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Jul 24, 2001

Culture Jamming, Memes, Social Networks, and the Emerging Media Ecology Important and useful analysis of the 'Nike Sweatshop' meme - you probably saw this: it was the story of the man who wanted to put the word 'Sweatshop' on his personalized Nikes and the email exchange when Nike refused. The political message aside, this column is a fascinating account of the spread of the meme though internet space. The rise and fall of the 'Nike Sweatshop' meme on the internet is what can be called an emergent property of the internet: it occurs spontaneously, without centralized direction or instruction. Submitted on Jul 24, 2001 [Refer]

Academia gets its own Visual Studio.Net Microsoft announced that it will release an academic version of its development software Visual Studio.Net, which includes features for incorporating the software into a college-level software development course. Course developers should keep in mind that .NET may well emerge is a primary platform for learning objects and similar educational applications. By Matt Berger, IDG News Service, July 24, 2001. Submitted on Jul 24, 2001 [Refer]

The Threads of Conversation People who moderate online discussions and chats would do well to look at this article. Its key insight is that web discussions are what it calls 'hyper-threaded' - multiple threads emerge, get tangled, and rise and fall and rise again through time. By David Weinberger, Darwin Magazine, July 24, 2001. Submitted on Jul 24, 2001 [Refer]

Harvard Paper Hires Cheap Labor The good news is that the Harvard Crimson is putting its entire archives online. The bad news is that they're paying Cambodian typists 40 cents an hour to do it. Coming right after the protests against third world exploitation at the G8 conference in Genoa, this announcement displays very bad timing (not to mention taste). By Patrick Healy, The Boston Globe, July 24, 2001. Submitted on Jul 24, 2001 [Refer]

Adobe Does the Right Thing Adobe and EFF issue a joint call for Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov's release after Adobe agrees to back down on charges... but not on principle, as it says "ElcomSoft's Advanced eBook Processor software is no longer available in the United States, and from that perspective the DMCA worked...." I don't think EFF should have co-signed this press release, which says essentially that Adobe did the right thing and got what it wanted... Submitted on Jul 24, 2001 [Refer]

Make Room For Teoma Description and link to a new search engine called Teoma. Still under development, Teoma clusters results into concept categories (look at the top of the results page - they don't really stand out) and what it calls 'Expert listings'. With 100 million pages indexed, it's still a bit small, but plans to grow. The expert listings are useful and the concept categories are fascinating. By Danny Sullivan, The Search Engine Report, July 2, 2001. Submitted on Jul 24, 2001 [Refer]

Soft Market for Educational Software The market for off-the-shelf CD-based educational software is beginning to wane. By Sharon Tan, Knight-Ridder News Service, July 23, 2001. Submitted on Jul 23, 2001 [Refer]

E-learning: Online Training Cuts Costs From the "where's the money" department comes this item showing that companies can save a lot of money using online learning. The catch? It costs a lot of money to set up, and it is cost-efficient only in large scale enterprises. By Patrice Gibbons, BRW, July 20, 2001. Submitted on Jul 23, 2001 [Refer]

Ancient Egypt, With a Pager as Your Guide Interesting item showing how wireless access devices are used to enhance a child's experience in a museum visit. By Catherine Greenman, the New York Times, July 19, 2001. Submitted on Jul 23, 2001 [Refer]

Lexical Approach to Second Language Teaching The ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics has published a new ERIC Digest regarding the lexical approach to second language teaching. This Digest provides an overview of the methodological foundations underlying the lexical approach and the pedagogical implications suggested by them. By Olga Moudraia, June, 2001. Submitted on Jul 23, 2001 [Refer]

Service Makes Fans of Librarians and Scholars JSTOR (it doesn't stand for anything - probably just 'Journal Storage') - scans old journals, puts the pages into a database, and made the contents available online, at a price. No word on author royalties. The nonprofit company's mission is twofold: to preserve and maintain journal literature, and to make that material more accessible. The Chronicle spin is that the service is popular with librarieans. It is also popular with publishers. JSTOR does not post current or recent issues of journals, so as not to undermine their subscription bases. Oh yes, obviously the best way to distribute up-to-date research is on paper by mail... Scott Carlson, the Chronicle of Higher Education, July 27, 2001. Submitted on Jul 23, 2001 [Refer]

E-Learning Fuels IT Expenditures at U.S. Colleges With the widespread acceptance of e-learning comes a tremendous opportunity for IT suppliers. IT expenditures are expected to exceed $5 billion by 2005 as 90 percent of educational institutions offer online learning. The article is a teaser for a paid report, but the stats are too interesting to let pass by. July 16, IDG.Net Submitted on Jul 23, 2001 [Refer]

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