Category Archives: Technology

They are exploiting us! Why we all work for Facebook for free | via P2P Foundation

Very plausible argument why FaceBook is in fact, not free. FB very seductively encourages you to work for them for nothing, while they get paid by advertisers for their product – you. Food for thought!

Social Network Unionism

The stockmarket floatation of Facebook brings together a range of issues in how we understand work and the creation of economic value but we should be careful not to overstate the novelty and conflate the newness of the media with the basic economic logic at work here. As Chris Prener suggests in his post, ‘Facebook may represent a new frontier for work and labor where even leisure activity can be exploited for the generation of profit’, but is this really so new?

In their now classic study of traditional media, Manufacturing Consent, Herman and Chomsky explain the basic business model of newspapers as being the production of an audience for advertising. Their analysis suggests the counter-intuitive notion that publishers’ main product is not the newspaper, which they sell to their readers, but the production of an audience of readers, which they sell to advertisers. In short, the readership is…

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2012 – Year in Review

I’m copying this idea from Sarah Houghton over at Librarian in Black. So here is my year in review.

Book – Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Movie – Burn After Reading Second time I’ve seen it but still had me rolling in the aisles. This is at home mind you, don’t really go out to the cinema anymore

Art – Jeff Koon’s Puppy @ Guggenheim Bilbao

Band – Red Rockets of Borneo 

Song – Parklife by Blur I love the spoken word piece and the music video is fun too!

Serious Technology – Musiclink (sensorcom) audio hooks that sit behind the hearing aid and can be used with iPods, the TV, computer, iPad, mobile phone – you name it. At last!!

Less Serious Technology – Feedler app for the iPad

Conference – HTAi12 in Bilbao, Spain

Fan Girl Squee Moment – Amanda Palmer giving us (and other passengers) a free  show on the No.19 tram. Watch it here.

New Service for Libraries – I can’t think of any at the mo! Have any suggestions??

Personal Accomplishment – reading 47 or 52 books for my 52 Books Around the World 2012 reading challenge. I nearly did it!

Professional Accomplishment – Running my first ever workshop in Bilbao, Spain in June for HTAi12. I also chaired a session which went really well despite one hearing-aid battery running out in the middle of it!

Library Innovation – In-service training for nurses

Indoor Event – La Soiree Fan-b******-tastic!

Outdoor Event – Blender Studios Artists Market

Support for Open Data – BMJ

Bar –The  Crimean Check out the vodka trolley!

Restaurant – Taxi Dining Room Melbourne (this category is my addition)

Pub – The Post Office Hotel Melbourne (this category is my addition)

Treat – German gingerbread (Lebkuchen)

Photo of me that you will never see – failed passport photos, hee!

Meme – Grumpy Cat (I second Sarah’s choice!)

Twitter redux

My use of Twitter hasn’t increased much after the CPD23 introduction, but since reading a Krafty Librarian post about the clunkiness of the Twitter interface and how she prefers to use third party software to read and send tweets, I thought – I wonder if I can use Netvibes to read Twitter conversations? I have an account with Netvibes for Evidence Direct to put a whole lot RSS feeds, videos, Twitter feeds etc in one dashboard but haven’t used it for myself as yet. So yesterday I made a basic page for myself and added a Twitter widget to bring up my own account. I then dragged and dropped Krafty’s name onto a blank section of the screen which brought up all her tweets. Krafty participates in a #medlibs chat on Twitter that has had some promotion, but I tried following the chat via the Twitter interface and it was too clunky. So – looking through Krafty’s tweets I found the #medlibs conversation link and dragged and dropped that onto an empty space on my dashboard – success!! Hurray! Now I can’t wait until the next live chat happens.

Below is a snapshot of my still-to-be -completed Netvibes page: