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On The Privacy Class

This semester I have been teaching an upper level Communication and Digital Media class, Privacy and Surviellance in the Digital Era. I have previously taught one of our introduction to the major courses, Communication Ethics, in which we talk about the ways in which digital media impact a range of cultural issues, ...

Protonmail

Of late I have been trying to make significantly more intentional choices about which online digital services I use. These choices always seem to me to be a trade-off between convenience (ease of use), network effect (use the service everyone is using), and cost (free in dollars, expensive in privacy loss). One of the ...

Title II a Win, But I’m Still Worried

The Ruling Last week, after a very long campaign by various interest groups, on both sides of the debate, Tom Wheeler finally announced his proposal for FCC rules governing the internet. What seemed highly unlikely a year ago, now seems highly probable: FCC will use its Title II authority to reclassify the internet, a strong ...

Onion Pi

In my classes I have tried to incorporate more and more experiential, practice based learning. I have found that merely discussing the issues is not nearly as meaningful as a careful discussion of the issues informed by a practical engagement with the topic at hand. One of my favorite classes to teach here at Saint ...

What I Use Now

What I Use Many semesters ago I started writing about my digital tools, recommending some of my favorites, and describing how I used them and why. I did this for a few reasons, on the practical level I found these types of posts by others to be tremendosouly useful to me helping me to find ...

Next Year. Something New.

I have accepted a job at Saint Joseph’s University, to be chair of a new department focusing on digital media. So in the fall I will be an Associate Professor and Chair of the Communications Department at Saint Joseph’s University. I am really excited about this job opportunity, as the “next thing I want to ...

More About Knowledge Cartels

In conjunction with the keynote that I gave at the Computers in Writing Conference this year, I wrote an article for Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture. For those who are interested this piece articulates, in a slightly different manner, why I think that Open Access issues are fundamental to the work ...

What I Use Now

Five years ago I wrote, what for some reason, was the first post for my blog that got any sort of attention. Basically it was a run down of the “Top Ten” software tools I use as an educator. At the time I was consistently asked by colleauges what computer “stuff” I used, so I decided ...

Social Media Fasts

Harrisburg University seems to be getting a small amount of press lately for announcing that it would as an experiment block all social media websites for a week (Inside Higher Education Article, Chronicle Article). Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, even AIM and chat features on Moodle will be unavailable on the University ...