One of the reasons why librarians don’t talk very much about ebook platform choice is because, by and large, we’ve already decided the matter. Libraries have made their choice, voted with their dollars and their energies, and have overwhelmingly selected Overdrive as our platform.
Yes, we have outsourced ourselves with an ebook platform that betrays many of the values that the public admires us for in exchange for a user-experience that be described in any variation of the word horrific.
I don’t think it’s too late to change our minds. In fact, I think there will come a day when we will have to change our minds.
“But a social network isn’t a product; it’s a place. Like a bar or a club, a social network needs a critical mass of people to be successful—the more people it attracts, the more people it attracts. Google couldn’t have possibly built every one of Facebook’s features into its new service when it launched, but to make up for its deficits, it ought to have let users experiment more freely with the site. That freewheeling attitude is precisely how Twitter—the only other social network to successfully take on Facebook in the last few years—got so big. When Twitter users invented ways to reply to one another or echo other people’s tweets, the service didn’t stop them—it embraced and extended their creativity. This attitude marked Twitter as a place whose hosts appreciated its users, and that attitude—and all the fun people were having—pushed people to stick with the site despite its many flaws (Twitter’s frequent downtime, for example). Google , by contrast, never managed to translate its initial surge into lasting enthusiasm. And for that reason, it’s surely doomed.”—
It’s interesting that DMs and RTs and things like that all started as work-arounds to accomplish communication goals on Twitter, and now they’re fully-featured mechanisms within Twitter’s official architecture.
“JD: That’s because, as important as politics are to me, the life and the spirit of people’s emotions are much more important. People live real lives where they love and grieve and feel pain and joy and that is a whole separate sphere. All that political stuff, I believe in it strongly, but not as strongly as I believe that at some point you or someone is going to need a song to sit with and comfort them in a hard time. That’s important to me, and if during that song I’m telling you how to vote, I’m not doing my personal job as a songwriter. Other songwriters may be well-placed to talk to you about politics, but the thing that I share with people is how to go into a place of emotion and really revel in it.”—
John Darnielle on politics in lyrics (via slocedot).
Some would refer to a songwriter who takes on social issues and engages with politics as a responsible artist. To do so is to misunderstand the responsibilities of the artist. John Darnielle is ACTUALLY a responsible artist.
The short answer to that question seems to be yes, but it’s also interesting, and barely mentioned, that the collaborative elements of the story (the ones written by both the original poster and the rest of Reddit’s posters) belong to the individuals who came up with them. WB might face some unique and interesting obstacles to this production!
“Voting 2-1 to void the fine, the court stated that the FCC has maintained a “consistent refusal” to treat sudden nude images as indecent, and there was no reason to treat the Jackson case differently. Finally, a nation can rest.”—
The AV Club brings to our attention something most people hadn’t thought about in a while. I took a course on FCC law once, and it was interesting to see how hugely the FCC’s policies and what they choose to pursue can change with each administration.
For instance, since Obama took over, have you heard of even ONE indecency fine levied against a television company? The FCC’s priorities have changed along with the chief executive. I find that really interesting.
A team of computational linguists at Carnegie Mellon University… has used geocoded tweets to build maps of regional language use across the United States. …
From these mountains of data can be gleaned hidden patterns of informal English, like the profusion of hella as a form of emphasis in Northern California, as in, “It’s hella cold out there.” Slangy phonetic spellings also show distinct patterns of distribution, with New Yorkers preferring suttin to sumthin (for something) and Californians writing koo or coo for cool. Even emoticons differ from region to region