As 2020 kicks in, it’s not hard to find expressions of toxicity in the digital wonderland. Audrey Watters’s epic “100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade”, is a lot to digest even for longtime readers of her work. But if you haven’t read it… damn it, go. Now. And just yesterday, Google’s former Head of […]Read more "Hot 2020 Digital Detox Action"
“Yes. I am an educational administrator. It’s what I do: I plan. And I write reports. And in the rare moments when I am doing neither of these–which is to say somewhere in the very middle of it all, between planning and reporting, if circumstances happen to permit–I will spend a tiny sliver of my […]Read more "Please allow me to (re-)introduce myself…"
I used to be an artist, then I became a poet; then a writer. Now when asked, I simply refer to myself as a word processor. — Kenneth Goldsmith It’s a striking headline, and the Guardian’s “New AI fake text generator may be too dangerous to release, say creators” story has gotten plenty of attention […]Read more "Deep text: a catastrophic threat to the bullshit economy?"
I was honoured to have been invited to speak at TRU’s Privacy and Security Conference. The organizers put together another great event addressing many complex elements of the subject. Yes, this is quite similar to the talk I gave for the Kamloops Film Society. However, this one had about thirty per cent more material, and […]Read more "More information pollution, now with added fiber"
I was honoured to be invited to give a pre-screening talk for the Kamloops Film Society’s presentation of The Cleaners. Audio: (42:42 28MB MP3) My presentation slides and references are below. References: Tarleton Gillespie, “The Scale is Just Unfathomable” CBC Spark: “Your photos can be used in ‘catfishing’ romance scams” Alec […]Read more "Information pollution: a companion to The Cleaners"