Archive for September 11th, 2008

Extending the discussion on digital culture

I have a hodgepodge of interesting stuff I’d like you to look at, to build upon what we discussed in class Wednesday. Focus on the Carr and Jarvis pieces and skim the rest. I’d also like you to be hunting around for other writings that tap into the issue raised here.

Please make a comment or two in the next few days — not necessarily by Friday. Thanks.

Nicholas Carr on how digital culture (and the Web in particular) is rewiring our brains, or at least might be. And take a look at Carr’s blog.

• On the issue of public vs. private, take a look at this view of “publicness” from Jeff Jarvis. (Another view on this.)

• On self-promotion, see the recent Wired cover story on Julia Allison, although I’m not — repeat NOT — suggesting you follow her path. Just interesting to think how and why celebrity culture develops within the context of digital culture.

• Finally, what does all this publicness, self-promotion, and Googlification of life mean for doing journalism (not to mention simply getting and keeping a news job) in contemporary society? (For an academic perspective, and another taste of Mark Deuze, you can read this recent article on “liquid” journalism.)

p.s. NPR has a series of work on digital culture that you might find interesting.

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