The Digital Sociology Classroom
The most commonly used tool was discussion boards (83 percent)
‘…the survey asked the chairs if their departments were using tools such as clickers, interactive whiteboards, discussion boards, social networking sites or online games. The results:
Three or more 33%
‘The survey also asked chairs about non-technology questions, such as the most popular topics for new courses. The top five topic areas for new courses: crime/law, culture, gender/sexuality, race and ethnicity, and health…’
Inside Higher Ed
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Exposed
You are involved if you’re a serious gamer
Is the ESA just taking your money or truly protecting your IP?
‘What exactly does the ESA do to protect your IP? They claim to fight “Piracy” but yet all of the evidence they present to their clients is simple “Infringement” committed by Ebay sellers or consumer downloaders, this doesn’t seem like much does it? You can do this yourself and as I will point out a better job at it.
‘The ESA’s questionable tactics mixed in with their laziness to actually fight piracy on the “top” of the pyramid can actually cause the very companies they are aiming to protect legal problems…’
An Ode to Twitter
Read this if you “don’t get Twitter”
‘…Now, you may think being on Twitter would just add to your information overload. But it’s quite the contrary, actually. With Twitter you have the power to separate the wheat from the chaff. Think about it. Somebody at your preferred newspapers/magazines/TV news stations decides what info to put in front of your face. Those people are making decisions about what you see (and don’t see), and you have nothing to say about it. With Twitter, you choose to follow people/organizations you trust, and you depend on them to share meaningful info. I feel I’m in better hands with the people I follow on Twitter than with mainstream media. And I often hear news before traditional news channels make it public, or news somebody doesn’t want to be public at all…’
Guidelines for Parody, Commentary and Fan Accounts
In order to avoid impersonation, an account’s profile information should make it clear that the creator of the account is not actually the same person or entity as the subject of the parody/commentary. Here are some suggestions for marking your account: