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Antigonish 2.0 – The Plan
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America this is quite serious. America this is the impression I get from looking in the television set. America is this correct? I’d better get right down to the job. It’s true I don’t want to join the Army or turn lathes in precision parts factories I’m nearsighted and psychopathic anyway. America I’m putting my [...] Sat, 07 Jan 2017 04:34:43 +0000

Temporarily Embarrassed Millionaires
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(This one’s long. Sorry.) Ronald Wright’s A Short History of Progress (2004), quotes John Steinbeck as saying: “socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but temporarily embarrassed millionaires” (p. 124). This expression has stuck with me for nearly a decade. When I first read it, it sent [...] Thu, 01 Dec 2016 02:32:33 +0000

Opening The Dissertation: Why We Need To Make Open The Default
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I want to talk about open. And academia. And the outmoded gatekeeping process of the dissertation, world’s most glorified and inflated five-paragraph essay. *** Last week was Open Access week, and just before I got on a plane for Australia, Dave & I coordinated a series of Lightning Talks at UPEI about a bunch of different [...] Wed, 02 Nov 2016 18:27:58 +0000

The Spectacle…Or Welcome To The Handbasket?
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I ended up thinking about Debord’s Society of the Spectacle (1967) whenever I opened up Twitter this past week. I mostly blame the clown-car/lynch mob that was Trump’s Republican National Convention (America, you have my bewildered sympathies). The ghastly God-I-wish-this-were-surreal-but-nope-it’s-reality sense of overwhelm that the convention engendered in me, even from the comfort of my securely-Canadian couch, was ugly. [...] Sun, 24 Jul 2016 18:42:25 +0000

Excellence &…The Wild Rumpus
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This week I got to descend upon Ohio – and OSU’s annual Innovate conference – to give a keynote about networks and higher education. Here are the slides I used to try to tell the story I was trying to tell: Funny story about that story. Innovate’s theme for this year was “excellence,” with a focus on, as their [...] Mon, 16 May 2016 02:05:12 +0000

Third Places & Third Spaces – #Digped Pei
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Part the first: How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love the Internet (Kinda) I come from a small place. Seen from Google Earth, Prince Edward Island is a dot off the northern edge of the Atlantic Ocean, a pastoral sandbar best known for lobster, potato farms, and Anne of Green Gables. I left in [...] Fri, 01 Apr 2016 02:38:20 +0000

Tower Of Song
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For my birthday back in January, Dave bought me a Leonard Cohen biography. I opened it and laughed and laughed. He bought it because Cohen is still alive. David Bowie – who for more than thirty years was my imaginary boyfriend and the person I wanted to be when I grew up – is dead. And I woke up the [...] Fri, 04 Mar 2016 14:29:51 +0000

What Your New Year’s Facebook Posts Really Mean
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So I did that Facebook “Year in Review” thing a week or two ago even though I’m moderately sure it serves up some extra layer of data-mining capacity on a platter to Zuckerberg’s new personalized learning minions. Encapsulated in ten photos, my reductive 2015 in review looked…nice. Really nice. A lot of travel, a lot of family time, a Ph.D [...] Thu, 31 Dec 2015 17:27:39 +0000

inequality & networks: the sociocultural implications for higher ed
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Next week is #dLRN15 at Stanford. Months of planning and debating and collaborating (and panicking!) all come together to launch an inaugural conference/conversation on Making Sense of Higher Education: Networks & Change. It’s all Panic At The Disco around here these days, people. *** There are some serious high hopes embedded and embodied in #dLRN15. Not just [...] Wed, 07 Oct 2015 01:21:46 +0000

the morning after we all became social media gurus
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One morning, all my friends woke up as experts. Or rather, thanks to years of what academia had mostly framed as the gauche and wasteful habit of talking excessively to people who lived inside our computers and iPads, many of us whose social and work lives had merged somewhere in the ether of that Third Place/Space woke up with workshops to give, [...] Fri, 25 Sep 2015 15:06:09 +0000

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