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by Stephen Downes
Apr 01, 2016

Teens vastly prefer YouTube and Netflix to TV, don't mind ads, report finds
Saba Hamedy, Mashable, 2016/04/01


I always take it with a grain of salt when a report says people don't mind ads. People always mind ads. But the rest of this wouldn't surprise me: "Those surveyed said digital video serves as a mood lifter (57%) and stress reliever (61%), as well as a way to stay up to date on what’s trending or new (60%), to learn how to do something (47%) or to lull oneself to sleep (44%)." Remember that the survey samples an affluent North American population with good internet bandwidth.

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Self-presentation in scholarly profiles: Characteristics of images and perceptions of professionalism and attractiveness on academic social networking sites
Andrew Tsou, Timothy D. Bowman, Thomas Sugimoto, Vincent Larivière, Cassidy R. Sugimoto, First Monday, 2016/04/01


An actual study in a real journal - no fools! "This study used Amazon’s Mechanical Turk service to code 10,500 profile pictures used by scholars on three platforms — Mendeley, Microsoft Academic Search, and Google Scholar — in order to determine how academics are presenting themselves to their colleagues and to the public at large and how they are perceived — particularly in relation to professionalism and attractiveness."

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Vacancy DOAJ Ambassadors
Announcement, Directory of Open Access Journals, 2016/04/01

This is a nice opportunity for 8 to 10 individuals living in developing nations to work as open publishing advocates on behalf of DOAJ in a project funded by Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC). "The role requires knowledge of academic publishing, in particular online journals, editorial processes, best practices and publishing technology standards."

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