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  • 1. Participation Literacy Week# 4 Information Overload or Filter Failure? Trebor Scholz | LCST 3073 A | Spring 2009
  • 2. week 2 Conversation: Overview, Getting Started Democracy and Blogging week 1 Conversation: week 3 Privacy and Social Networking Attention Overload: Search, Filter, Content Aggregation Collective Action: week 4 week 5 Flash Mobs, Activism, and Micro-Blogging week 6 Collaboration: week 7 Spring Break Wikis, Wikipedia, Mashups Collaboration: Collaborative Writing week 8 Collaboration: week 9 Social Mapping Sharing Cooperation: Media Sharing week 10 Sharing week 11 Referral, Tagging, Folksonomies Sharing Piracy and File Sharing week 12 week 13 Sharing week 14 Copyright and Virtual Worlds Social Bookmarking Social Music Sites week 15 Social Cataloging Sites Trebor Scholz | LCST 3073 A | Spring 2009
  • 3. Upcoming Requirements Group project: Video conversation about the readings (due Feb 12 before class) 10% RSS assignment (due Feb 19 before class) 10% Twitter assignment (due Feb 26 before class) 10% Trebor Scholz | The New School University | Eugene Lang | LCST 2031 A | Spring 2009
  • 4. Attention Overload: Search, Filter, Content Aggregation week 4 Feb 17, 19 Required Reading: John Palfrey and Urs Gasser, quot;Overload,quot; John Palfrey and Urs Gasser, Born Digital (New York: Basic Books, 2008) 185-208. Lab: RSS, Twitter, TweetGrid, Combining RSS tags Video: RSS in Plain English Reference: Thursday: Attention Economy: The Game Trebor Scholz | LCST 3073 A | Spring 2009
  • 5. Information Overload is Nothing New
  • 6. ‘We have reason to fear that the multitude of books which grows every day in a prodigious fashion will make the following centuries fall into a state as barbarous as that of the centuries that followed the fall of the Roman Empire.' Adrien Baillet (1685) Reading Strategies for Coping with Information Overload. A. Blair. 2003. Journal of the History of Ideas. 64:11-28.
  • 7. “Memex”
  • 8. Why More Is Less: The Paradox of Choice Barry Schwartz
  • 9. Continuous Partial Attention “To pay continuous partial attention is to pay partial attention -- CONTINUOUSLY. It is motivated by a desire to be a LIVE node on the network. [...] We want to effectively scan for opportunity and optimize for the best opportunities, activities, and contacts, in any given moment. [...] We pay continuous partial attention in an effort NOT TO MISS ANYTHING. -Linda Stone
  • 10. NOSO is a real-world platform for temporary disengagement from social networking environments. The NOSO experience offers a unique opportunity to create NO Connections by scheduling NO Events with other NO Friends.
  • 11. Concentration: sure, but... who can afford to completely detach from email? “I have been a happy man ever since January 1, 1990, when I no longer had an email address. I'd used email since about 1975, and it seems to me that 15 years of email is plenty for one lifetime. Email is a wonderful thing for people whose role in life is to be on top of things. But not for me; my role is to be on the bottom of things. What I do takes long hours of studying and uninterruptible concentration.“ Prof. Donald E. Knuth
  • 12. How to fight habitual dependency on the Internet •Observe your Internet browsing habits. •One day a week completely without Internet. •Establish the habit of daily “offline hours” (no IM, no email, no twitter) You may be astonished how much work you will get done. •Try to preschedule the times when you go online Set aside certain times of the day when you will check your messages. A few practical suggestions about email use: 20 minutes in the morning should be sufficient to read all emails, and write short responses to emails of low importance, delete uncaught spam and file away emails that require in-depth responses. You will end up with an empty inbox and can now schedule time for long responses.
  • 13. New Ethic Make mistakes well • Life is a beta • Be honest • Be transparent • Collaborate • Don’t be evil • (from:‐would‐google‐do/)
  • 14. 10 Guidelines for Web Credibility BJ Fogg - Stanford University Design your page with a professional look (or one that is appropriate for your purpose). Make it easy to verify the accuracy of the information on your site. Highlight the expertise in your organization. Show that honest and trustworthy people stand behind your site. Make it easy to contact you. Make your site easy to use-- and useful. Update your site’s content often (or, at least show that it has been reviewed). Use restraint with any promotional content. Avoid errors of all types, no matter how small they seem. source for this slide:
  • 15. IN-CLASS: 45 mins Attention Economy: The (Paper-Based) Game by Ulises A. Mejias SOURCE: (modified by Trebor Scholz)
  • 16. Tools for Filtering and Time Management Every day, the most difficult thing I have to do is to determine what to ignore.
  • 17. Freedom Freedom is an application that disables networking on an Apple computer for up to eight hours at a time. Freedom will free you from the distractions of the internet, allowing you time to code, write, or create. At the end of your selected offline period, Freedom re-enables your network, restoring everything as normal. Freedom enforces freedom; a reboot is the only circumvention of the Freedom time limit you specify. The hassle of rebooting means you're less likely to cheat, and you'll be more productive. When first getting used to Freedom, I suggest using the software for short periods of time. download:
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  • 29. Trebor Scholz The New School University Twitter: trebors This presentation is made public using a creative commons attribution, non-commercial, share alike license.