Listened Goodbye Google+, the end of privacy, and once were warriors from Radio National

Google+ will soon be shut down. So why did the social network fail? And what does its demise tell us about social platforms in general? Also, understanding the real history of our current data privacy dilemma; and why the tech titans of today look a lot like the railway barons of old.

Listened mikedawesofficial from YouTube

Welcome to the official Mike Dawes YouTube channel. Tour Dates and Tickets: Pre order ‘Era’ signed and direct from Mike: http://mi…

Mike Dawes takes the acoustic guitar to a whole new level with his finger picking style. This is personified by his cover of Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know

In an interview for Andertons, Dawes shares his setup

He discusses his choice of guitar, pedal setup and use of a ToneWoodAmp.

via Katexic

Replied to The Meaning of Depth and Breadth in Education by Jenny Mackness

Do McGilchrist’s ideas about breadth and depth have implications for education? They seem to offer the possibility of a different perspective on the meaning of breadth and depth. There will always need to be choices made about which subjects should be included in the curriculum, and whether and when students need to specialise in specific subjects. But perhaps thinking about breadth in terms of flexibility (i.e. flexibility of attention) instead of coverage, and thinking about depth in relation to the need for an appreciation of context offers an alternative perspective. Breadth and depth do not need to be opposed or even thought of in terms of balance. They are both integral to counteracting a view of the world which is dominated by the left-hemisphere’s perspective, a world which we see from the perspective of a spectator as a two-dimensional representation. Instead more focus on breadth and depth, as understood in McGilchrist’s terms, would encourage a view of the world as a connected whole, where everything is seen in context and there would be increased insight into the nature of complexity.

I remember having a conversation with someone once who argued that in order to have breadth you need to have depth in a particular area. Not necessarily because of the knowledge that it may bring, but the skills acquired through the process. What I find interesting through your discussion of McGilchrist’s work is that these ideas are often different to how we appreciate them.
Replied to Using Inoreader as an IndieWeb feed reader (BoffoSocko)

It may still be a while before I can make the leap I’d love to make to using Microsub related technology to replace my daily feed reader habits. I know that several people are working diligently on a Microsub server for WordPress and there are already a handful of reader interfaces available. I’m particularly interested in the fact that I can use a reader interface integrated with Micropub so that my reactions in the reader (likes, bookmarks, replies, etc.) are posted back to my own personal website which will then send notifications (via Webmention) to the mentioned websites. Of course it’s going to take some time before I’m using it and even more time after that for the set up to become common and easy to use for others. So until then, I and others will need some tools to use right now. Toward this end I thought I’d double down on my use of Inoreader in my daily web consumption workflows. I wanted to make it easier to use my feed reader to post all these types of posts to my website

Chris one thing that frustrates me about my Inoreader workflow is subscribing to multiple OPML files leads to some people/posts multiple times. I am wondering if I need to bring everyone into my own OPML file, but I like the serendipity of new finds via others.

Not sure if this makes sense and if it is something you have experienced?

Liked On Self-Respect: Joan Didion’s 1961 Essay from the Pages of Vogue by an author (Vogue)

To have that sense of one’s intrinsic worth which, for better or for worse, constitutes self-respect, is potentially to have everything: the ability to discriminate, to love and to remain indifferent. To lack it is to be locked within oneself, paradoxically incapable of either love or indifference. If we do not respect ourselves, we are on the one hand forced to despise those who have so few resources as to consort with us, so little perception as to remain blind to our fatal weak- nesses.

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Sorry Bob for the belated response, Twitter can provide a way of connecting with experts and engaging in conversations. See @biancah80

Jess Stommel responds to the news that TurnItIn acquired by Advance Publications. It is interesting how a company that is built on other people’s data can cash in like that.
Bookmarked The Aldi effect: how one discount supermarket transformed the way Britain shops (the Guardian)

The long read: When Aldi arrived in Britain, Tesco and Sainsbury’s were sure they had nothing to worry about. Three decades later, they know better

This long read documents the Aldi’s rise in Britain. It is interesting to compare this with the rise of Amazon. There is also an audio version of the article:

via Chris McLeod

Listened A History of Electronic Music by an author

Here’s a podcast on the history of electronic music, suitably called A History Of Electronic Music.

I remember first listening to this podcast from Paul Sheeky years ago. In a series of episodes he charts some of the technology and movements. I returned to it recently spurred on by the work of Chris Beckstrom and the Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio (not that I have been). Along with the compilation OHM: Early Gurus of Electronic Music and the documentary Synth Britannia, this podcast is a great resource for appreciating the history associated with electronic music.
Replied to The Personal Essay Project (Bianca Hewes)

This year we are embarking on transdisciplinary learning for the first time. What is transdisciplinary learning, you ask? Well, it feels like what we sometimes call cross-curricula or multi-discipl…

I often find myself getting trapped in the thinking that PBL needs to be ‘practical’, what you capture here Bianca is the ability to take ‘personal’ action by finding voice. Thank you for sharing.
Bookmarked Cory Doctorow: Terra Nullius (Locus Online)

Being a successful Lockean Titan is like being the successful staph bacterium that manages to find its way into a break in its host’s skin and spawn an infection: yes, you had all the characteristics necessary to go viral (ahem), but you also got lucky by being in the right place at the right time, and if you hadn’t been there, someone else would have been.

Cory Doctorow explains that ideas are like germs that often involve a little luck to come into fruition.

Originality exists, it just doesn’t exist in a vacuum.

I remember writing about this challenge of blank slate beginnings a few years ago when two colleagues got embroiled in an argument about originality.

Bookmarked The Price of Gratitude (Julian Stodd’s Learning Blog)

Gratitude is cheap, yet priceless. See where you can spend yours.

Julian Stodd discusses the free act of gratitude. This is something so often overlooked. Stodd’s discussion of ‘cheap, but priceless’ reminds me of Steve Wheeler’s discussion of sharing knowledge and ideas:

Giving away ideas and knowledge is a bit like love, as told in the story of Jesus and the feeding of the 5000. You can share it around as much as you like, but you still get to keep it, and there is always plenty left over.


Part of Social Leadership is not having the answers, but creating the space, and respecting those who do.

Bookmarked Reporting a massacre: Why the ABC didn’t share the shooter’s ‘manifesto’ (ABC News)

Social media platforms have made some changes to tackle hate speech and violent behaviour, but they could choose to do more. They could set higher standards for removing offensive video and messages.

Free speech is unimaginable without the right to dissent — but commentators, opinion writers and politicians also have choices to make in the example they set.

In the end though it’s on all of us — in the news sources we rely on, the social networks we join and what we choose to watch and share.

Craig McMurtrie unpacks the decision by the ABC to not publish extracts of the Christchurch shooter’s ‘manifesto’. Every move made seems to have be orchestrated to grab attention. As Robert Evans from Bellingcat explains, it is an example of
Shit posting:

The act of throwing out huge amounts of content, most of it ironic, low-quality trolling, for the purpose of provoking an emotional reaction in less Internet-savvy viewers.

Zeynep Tufekci backed this stance on Twitter:

Tufekci linked to a couple of posts she wrote in response to Sandy Hook Massacre and the Virginia shooter explaining the dangers of feeding copycat scenarios.

This focus on media manipulation also reminded me of dana boyd’s discussion of 4Chan’s association with fake news.

Bookmarked There are now four competing visions of the internet. How should they be governed? (World Economic Forum)

As countries begin to think about how to regulate cross-border e-commerce in the future, they have found their work complicated by competing visions of what the internet is, and what it is for.

Kieron O’Hara outlines four (plus one) visions for the internet from the perspective of e-commerce:

  1. Silicon Valley
  2. Beijing’s paternal internet
  3. Brussels’ bourgeois internet
  4. Washington DC’s commercial internet

And a bonus one, Moscow mule model.

It is interesting thinking about this after the EU’s recent decision to sign off the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive. Casey Newton proposes that there may come a time when we may need digital passports.