A freebie on web writing

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

For anyone who wants a guide to the latest (academic and education) thinking on how to write for the internet, there’s a free offer today for you. The Mobileread Forums have shared a freebie deal on, offering Web Writing: Why and How for Liberal Arts Teaching and Learning, edited by [ on]

Be Google for a day – or more like a minute?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

How would you like to become a world-spanning tech giant? At the click of a button? That’s what the Internet Fairy did for one lucky browser, who found that the domain was actually available for purchase. What’s more, from Google Domains. Sanmay Ved, the very temporary king [ on]

Why ad blockers will help content evolve

By Joe Wikert
September 23, 2015 // 1 Comment

Ad blocking is one of the more controversial features of Apple’s new iOS release. Apple prefers to call it “content blocking,” but it’s mostly intended to block all those pesky website ads that nag us every day. Publishers are, of course, totally freaked out at the prospect of their content [ on]

AWOL from the Net: Enough parent-child media, says Cory Doctorow

By David Rothman
August 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

Cory Doctorow says the Internet needs more parent-child media, as opposed to more censorship and firewalls. Read his Guardian column here. He’s welcome to agree or not, but his thinking is very much in line with the idea of cell phone book clubs. They could take many form, but one of my favorites [ on]

The Internet as functional telepathy

By Chris Meadows
July 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Just a few days ago I came across the Facebook meme you see at right. Today, Charlie Stross posted a blog comparing the Internet to “functional telepathy.” Maybe there really is no coincidence. At first glance, the Internet as functional telepathy seems like something out of science-fiction [ on]

Morning Links: Laptops for students? Adults love coloring books too!

By Joanna Cabot
April 6, 2015 // 3 Comments

Are Laptop Requirements a Forgone Conclusion or a Burden on Students? (Media Shift) One 2014 survey found 90 percent of students own laptops and 86 percent own smartphones, while less than half of those surveyed own tablets. *** The Internet Doesn’t Make You Smarter; You Only Think it Does (Ars [ on]

ITU shows full extent of global population still offline

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

A timely report. the annual Measuring the Information Society Report, from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations agency responsible for information and comms technologies, comes as a fresh reminder of how far the information economy still has to spread. According to [ on]

Amazon gets .book

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 14, 2014 // 1 Comment

Here’s a piece of news that will probably gladden the hearts of those who accuse Amazon of being a monopolist: Amazon has just bagged the .book  generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) from the DNS overseer Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) against competitors like Google [ on]

Virtual Unreality looks virtually imbecilic from the cover on in

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

This is a book non-review, because it’s in large part a review of a book cover. And I apologize unreservedly to any genuine worth in the contents that I may have traduced – but I won’t hold my breath. Because wouldn’t life be wonderful if every book cover in the world, [ on]

No one is writing good fiction. Except Jonathan Franzen.

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 30, 2014 // 3 Comments

I’m sure you didn’t need telling that. Its so blindingly obvious. But just in case you were in any doubt, here is AdviceToWriters, collecting the “Writerly Wisdom of the Ages” courtesy of Jon Winokur, laying down “Jonathan Franzen’s 10 Rules for Writers.” What [ on]

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