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Yesterday, I posted a record of my personal life in links. My mother recently left the print industry frustrated. I recently became a blogger. Her resignation makes me wonder about how to maintain the public sphere without newspapers. Neither of us are sure yet. All I know from recent research is that I’m glad common sense will still get you a long way.

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Siva Vaidhyanathan made it hard for me to pick out my favorite passages from Geration Myth Not all young people are tech-savvy. Here’s two my favorites but it’s all interesting.

All young people have mad digital skillz, right?

We tend to overestimate the digital skills of young people: “I think the assumption is that if [digital technology] was available from a young age for them, then they can use it better. Also, the people who tend to comment about technology use tend to be either academics or journalists or techies, and these three groups tend to understand some of these new developments better than the average person. Ask your average 18-year-old: Does he know what RSS means? And he won’t.”

Looking for People to Judge (flickr)

Looking for People to Judge (flickr)

Generational differences aren’t my favorite topics because they’re so predictable. Older people tell you, “You’re a Millennial baby that’s why you talk about yourself.” Then you try to explain how you’re not like what they said and they say “See I told you! You’re talking about yourself.” It’s all very belittling and a little annoying. Not to mention it just doesn’t make sense to ask someone a question and dismiss their direct answer. It’s also impossibly boring to talk about for more than five sentences.

Next quote.

Are Americans the only people who fixate on generations?

“Americans love thinking in generations because they keep us from examining uncomfortable ethnic, gender, and class distinctions too closely. Generations seem to explain everything.”

But there is more to it. People fervently declare and defend generational identity. They clearly get something out it. Perhaps it’s the same satisfaction that one gets out of other tribal identities, what Émile Durkheim called the “collective effervescence” of performed rituals. Feeling part of the “Woodstock generation” must generate some sort of warmth, comfort, or false nostalgia for those who caught the 1970 documentary film but missed the bus to the festival back in 1969.”

Wait… who are we missing? Oh, Gen-X of course!

My Gen-X friend Chuck produced a rant on the 60s generation for public radio. He got tons of feedback/backlash. You know those cynical Gen-Xers and their inherited social problems.

We talk, rant and lecture about generations so that we never forget to ask questions and don’t take each other too seriously. Everyone has an ego. Fighting over who changed the world more is like fighting over who’s more insane. That’s a battle you only have to win once to realize there’s not a prize. So, I’ll give someone else the win this time and stick to talking about RSS feeds and blogging… unless anyone has something else to add.

Sources:
http://chronicle.com
Section: The Chronicle Review
Volume 55, Issue 4, Page B7

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Digg is a way to share bookmarks with other Digg users and promote your page. it’s also a way of filtering content. If enough users “Digg” a particular site, it makes it onto the front page of Digg. It’s pretty cool if you’re a struggling blogger trying to get traffic but usually it’s short lived. I think the exception is if you’re a really good content filtering blog or YouTube.

Boing Boing and Clusterflock are my favorite examples of blogs that filter content for users to comment. The How to Make a Squirrel Sandwich video is a good example of the random but awesome posts that they specialize in. I know I shared it on FB, posted it here and probably watched it a good three times.

LINKS:

Visit Digg’s front page.
Visit Boing Boing
Visit Clusterflock

People also link Digg to their Blog’s RSS feed. This means that whenever they Digg a site, it’s included in the feed people see if they subscribe by email (try it out for Inside Islam by entering your address in the box to the lower right of this post) or if people subscribe in a reader. So, the links won’t show up as posts on a blog but they’ll be included for readers who want more in-depth content.

I know it’s so convenient that the subscription box for Inside Islam is right here on Foshowley! You’d think I plan these things…

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New FB

The new design makes Facebook act more the admin page for a blog. If people wondered why FB never had an official blog application, it’s because the network itself is growing into one. Usually you make a blog and grow a community. FB is the other way around. It grew a community at universities, opened it to all users and now set up a blog-like platform for creating, sharing and reading content. Lots of users are pissed off at the new way to read it but it doesn’t change FB in essence.

First and foremost, FB is a network of online friends, not a blogging community or open network of users.

The content you publish is only seen by your friends. That’s why targeted Ads work on FB but company pages are kind of pointless (and groups too). People aren’t “friends” with a business’s page or their favorite TV show. They’re fans of those pages to tell their real friends what they like, do and care about. Businesses won’t grow very fast on such closed networks but niche ads work perfectly. If you want to sell a brand, it’s much better to start a blog outside Facebook, come up with good content, put that content on stumble and add a “share on Facebook” button to posts.

I love FB so as long as it doesn’t sell out to Google, I’ll stick around through the good, bad, ugly. More often than my I use my cell phone, I go to Facebook to talk to people and keep track of what’s going on.

Facebookers meet the RSS feed, RSS feed meet Facebookers.

Websites with this have RSS subscriptions.

Websites with RSS subscriptions.

RSS feeds are just another way of organizing the web. Instead of going out and Google searching content, it comes to you filtered through networks of friends, blogs, wikis, etc. Browsers are still working on making this mainstream. FB people aren’t the only ones who aren’t keen on the idea. From using RSS readers and subscribing to websites over the past few weeks, I think it takes time to get used to and there’s a lot that developers can do to make it easier to use.

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