Trinity ‘expels’ barbarian teacher

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2011 by steve

“Trinity College Dublin has said it is taking seriously an incident in which a profile page, complete with image, was inserted on its website for a fake staff member named ‘Dr Conan T. Barbarian’. The page appeared on the TCD School of English website last night and could still be accessed until about 9.30am, at which stage it was removed …” (more)

[Elaine Edwards, Irish Times, 15 September]

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Book Review: Cognitive Surplus

Posted in Life on October 4th, 2010 by steve

“… The basic premise of the book is that we have heaps to leisure time in the first world, most of which we spent watching TV, because there wasn’t much else to do with it. Now we have the web, and by connecting up this time, even a tiny amount of it can create extremely useful things. Wikipedia is the poster boy for this …” (more)

[Robert Cosgrave, Tertiary21, 4 October]


The Natives have landed

Posted in Life on September 30th, 2010 by steve

“This is a momentous month in Tertiary education, but it will be another five years before people notice exactly how, and what it means. This month, in campuses all over the world, the first cohort of true digital natives are arriving, children who never lived in a world without web …” (more)

[Robert Cosgrave, Tertiary 21, 30 September]


The Geek Freaks

Posted in Life on January 3rd, 2010 by steve

“Jaron Lanier’s You Are Not a Gadget has one of the more sobering prefaces to be found in recent books. ‘It’s early in the twenty-first century, and that means that these words will mostly be read by nonpersons’, it begins. The words will be ‘minced into anatomized search engine keywords’, then ‘copied millions of times by some algorithm somewhere designed to send an advertisement’, and then, in a final insult, ‘scanned, rehashed, and misrepresented by crowds of quick and sloppy readers’ …” (more)

[Michael Agger, Slate, 3 January]