I wanted a different perspective on the Social Web, Myspace, Digg, etc. I also wanted some fresh input on what is driving the young adopters of technology. So, I’m proud to announce that Jessica L. will be writing for this blog. She’s the 15 year-old junior editor of her school newspaper and one of my daughter’s best friends. She’ll be speaking freely at least once a week, every Wednesday evening.
If you have any questions for Jessica, please add them to the comments here until she starts posting tomorrow evening. The time she spends writing here counts as one of her assignments and is a large part of her grade. Welcome Jessica.
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- anagnorisis: Dictionary.com Word of the Day April 24, 2014anagnorisis: the critical moment of recognition or discovery.
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- data journalism April 23, 2014data journalism n. Journalism that uses statistics, programming, and other digital data and tools to produce or shape news stories. —data journalist n. Example Citations: Nate Silver relaunched his data-driven blog, FiveThirtyEight, this week under the auspices of ESPN as a full-blown data journalism site covering sports, politics, economics, science, and cu […]
- dronie April 22, 2014dronie n. A video self-portrait taken by a self-controlled drone. [drone + selfie] Example Citations: A dronie is a video selfie taken with a drone. I featured Amit Gupta’s beautiful dronie yesterday...Other people have since taken dronies of their own and the idea seems like it’s on the cusp of becoming a thing. —Jason Kottke, “Dronies!,” Kottke.org, April […]
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- practocalypse April 17, 2014practocalypse (prak.TAWK.uh.lips) n. A drill that simulates a disastrous situation, particularly a shutdown of the internet. [practice + apocalypse] Example Citations: This was only a test—a cross between a role-playing game and a fire drill. The attendees were at Eyebeam, an art and technology space, for a practice Internet apocalypse, or “Practocalypse,” i […]
- screenshotting April 16, 2014screenshotting pp. Sharing text by taking a screenshot to ensure that the text cannot be searched, tagged, or parsed, particularly by an algorithm. —screenshot v. Example Citations: Screenshotting Another way to escape the algorithmic gaze is to screenshot text instead of linking to a story or person directly. While humans can read the text of a screenshot e […]
- eruptionist April 15, 2014eruptionist n. A person who believes that life on Earth can or will be mostly destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption. Example Citations: The difference between my interest and that of eruptionists is that they think the big bang will happen tomorrow because it didn’t happen today. —Ken Newton, “Amid the mysteries of Elwood,” St. Joseph News-Press, April 5, […]
- voluntold April 11, 2014voluntold v. To be told to volunteer for something; compulsorily or forcibly volunteered. [volunteer + told] —n. A person volunteered in this way. Example Citations: I was “voluntold” to be Santa Claus. I wore my military uniform with weapon and flack vest, but I also wore a ratty old gray fuzzy beard and my Santa hat. I sat at the end of a line of soldiers […]
- nth screen April 10, 2014nth screen n. Technology that displays video content on many different screens, particularly multiple, synchronized screens. Also: nth-screen. Example Citations: The Samsung RF4289 and RSG309 are two new state of the art refrigerator freezers hitting the market on [sic] 2011....Both of these units incorporate an eight inch LCD screen and built in Wi-Fi wirel […]
- hyper-documentation April 9, 2014hyper-documentation n. The exhaustive and incessant recording of the details and events of one’s life, particularly when these are shared on social media. Example Citations: However, the digital age (and the resulting hyper-documentation of our lives) appears to have ushered in a new era of early-onset nostalgia. —Gareth Price, “Digistalgia: Has Social Media […]
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