The Digital Revolution and Higher Education
Various AuthorsVarious authors, PewPew, 2011/09/01

Interesting findings from a Pew survey. "Just three-in-ten American adults (29%) say a course taken online provides an equal educational value to one taken in a classroom. By contrast, fully half of college presidents (51%) say online courses provide the same value." I could speculate on the reason for the difference, but there is really probably no underlying cause. Today: Total:74 [Comment] [Direct Link]

The future of cloud computing
Various AuthorsVarious authors, PewPew,

The pew people come out with a report on the future of cloud computing. This is another in a series of reports based on interviews with experts. "Many say there will be a cloud-desktop hybrid. Still, cloud computing has many difficult hurdles to overcome, including concerns tied to the availability of broadband spectrum, the ability of diverse systems to work together, security, privacy, and quality of service." Today: Total:77 [Comment] [Direct Link]

The State of Online Video
Press ReleasePress Release, PewPew,

According to PEW, 70 percent of U.S. internet users watch videos online - I can only assume the rest are owners of TRS-80s and cannot display video? Today: Total:69 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Pew Internet The Fate of the Semantic Web
Janna AndersonJanna Anderson, PewPew,

This Pew Report on the Semantic Web predicts a mixed future with dim prospects for the semantic web, but where "online information will continue to be organized and made accessible in smarter and more useful ways in coming years." Today: Total:56 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Riding the Waves of Web 2.0
Mary Madden and Susannah FoxMary Madden, Susannah Fox, PewPew,

Another report from Pew, thiks time looking at everyone's favorite, Web 2.0. I like how the authors almost immediately strips Tim O'Reilly of the credit for having coined the term ("coined by Dale Dougherty and popularized by O'Reilly Media and MediaLive International"). And I like the way the authors deal with the definition of Web 2.0: "That the term has enjoyed such a constant morphing of meaning and interpretation is, in many ways, the clearest sign of its usefulness. This is the nature of the conceptual beast in the digital age, and one of the most telling examples of what Web 2.0 applications do: They replace the authoritative heft of traditional institutions with the surging wisdom of crowds." Some nifty diagrams showing the rise of some Web 2.0 sites and showing pretty clearly that something is going on. Today: Total:49 [Comment] [Direct Link]

The Future of the Internet II
Janna Quitney Anderson and Lee RainieJanna Quitney Anderson, Lee Rainie, PewPew,

It's hard to believe they didn't ask me to contribute! LOL. Then again, it's the Pew Internet and American Life Project. And it's not like I would have differed substantially from the main thrust of the report, though I wouldn't have worried one whit about 'refusenik' terrorism (I mean, really now, come on, let's get serious). It would have beed nice to see a wider perspective in this report, but that's not the Pew way (which is as much about shaping opinion as it is about reporting it). Today: Total:38 [Comment] [Direct Link]

The Strength of Internet Ties
Jeffrey Boase, Boase,, PewPew,

A Pew study is released which casts doubt on the idea that online communication weakens local and family ties. Instead, the internet has assumed a role in supplementing those ties (the report even notes that people with more local ties also use the internet more frequently) while at the same time providing people with access to multiple communities worldwide from which they can draw help and support. PDF. Via Joho. Today: Total:90 [Comment] [Direct Link]

The Internet at School
Lee RainieLee Rainie, PewPew,

The latest Pew study is all over the internet. The main news is that "Teen use of the internet at school has grown 45% since 2000" and that they are more likely to use instant messaging than email. Though the telephone survey is of American teens only, it is usually repeated (for example here) without that qualification. One suspects it also favours broadband users (as the modem users will give the surveyers nothing but a busy signal) and therefore instant messaging users (as instant messaging works much better with always-on access). PDF. Today: Total:36 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Content Creation Online
Various AuthorsVarious authors, PewPew,

For those who say online content will not be created unless the creators are paid: "44% of U.S. Internet users have contributed their thoughts and their files to the online world." Today: Total:59 [Comment] [Direct Link]


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