Replied to Reply to dailyponderance on public reading by Chris AldrichChris Aldrich (BoffoSocko)
Replied to a post by Greg McVerry Greg McVerry (INTERTEXTrEVOLUTION) Today’s #dailyponderance comes from us via Cheri Who read about @hypothesis in @chrisaldrich’s last #dailyponderance post. Your point to ponder what does public reading mean? Does performative nature come into play? Join the...
Chris, although boyd’s book is not cutting edge, it provides a useful starting point for those – particularly in education – who have run from or ignored the evolution of teens and online spaces.
Bookmarked The New York Times Fired My Doppelgänger by Quinn Norton (The Atlantic)
It is strange to see such a version of yourself invented and destroyed by networked rage. It made me sad and angry, but even more, I think, it inspired a horrified confusion in myself and those familiar with my work and my character. A digital effigy of me was built and burned.
Quinn Norton discusses the complexities of online identity and the associated context collapse. She shares her experience of being hired and fired by the New York Times after a Twitter account was created that retweeted the past out of context.


Don’t internet angry. If you’re angry, internet later.

Not everyone believes loving engagement is the best way to fight evil beliefs, but it has a good track record. Not everyone is in a position to engage safely with racists, sexists, anti-Semites, and homophobes, but for those who are, it’s a powerful tool.

We are powerful creatures, but power must come with gentleness and responsibility. No one prepared us for this, no one trained us, no one came before us with an understanding of our world. There were hints, and wise people, and I lean on and cherish them. But their philosophies and imaginations can only take us so far. We have to build our own philosophies and imagine great futures for our world in order to have any futures at all. Let mercy guide us forward in these troubled times. Let yourself imagine, because imagination is the wellspring of hope. Here, in the beginning of the 21st century, hope is our duty to the future.

Liked dark sides of social media (

Here is a quick synopsis of the dark sides of the 7 major social media building blocks from
Social media? It’s serious! Understanding the dark side of social media
by Christian V. Baccarella, Timm F. Wagner, Jan H. Kietzmann, Ian P. McCarthy
in the European Management Journal

  1. Conversations: “excessive, aggressive, and inaccurate engagement can occur”
  2. Sharing: “content can be inappropriate and undesirable or that it can be shared without permission from the holder of any intellectual property rights”
  3. Location: “location and availability of users are known and can be tracked without their awareness or consent”
  4. Relationships: “social media help to establish and reveal relationships, they enable different types of social engagement and related deleterious consequences. This includes cyberbullying, stalking, and online harassment”
  5. Reputation: “sharing inappropriate content, which can destroy the sharer’s reputation and/or the reputations of others”
  6. Groups: “people not only exclude others from conversations or group membership but also lose empathy for them”
  7. Identity: “social media users are not in control of their own identity any longer, thus leading to all sorts of privacy and safety risks”
Liked How to beat LinkedIn: The Game by Joe Veix (The Outline)
For those unfamiliar, LinkedIn is a 2D, turn-based MMORPG that sets itself apart from its competitors by placing players not in a fantasy world of orcs and goblins, but in the treacherous world of business. Players can choose from dozens of character classes (e.g., Entrepreneurs, Social Media Mavens, Finance Wizards) each with their own skill sets and special moves (Power Lunch; Signal Boost; Invoice Dodge). They gain “experience” by networking, obtaining endorsements from other users, and posting inspirational quotes from Elon Musk.
via Doug Belshaw
Bookmarked Unfollowing Everybody by Anil Dash (Anil Dash)
Keeping in mind that spirit of doing necessary maintenance, I recently did something I'd thought about doing for years: I unfollowed everyone on Twitter.
Anil Dash discusses the steps he took to unfollow everyone on Twitter and start again. There are some interesting ideas in this piece, such as archiving a list of people you are following. Might be one to come back to.