Delicious Every Other Day 11.4.09

Professionalization in the academy [Harvard Magazine]
"...the more self-limiting the profession, the harder it is to acquire the credential and enter into practice, and the tighter the identification between the individual practitioner and the discipline."

The golden age of infinite music [BBC]
" the great digital revolution rolls on, bands are no longer having to compete for people's money. Instead, they're jockeying for our time. And the field is huge, crossing not just genres, but eras."

Going Offline In Search Of Freedom []
"If we’re inundated with data, our brains’ synthesizing functions are overwhelmed by the effort to keep up. And the original purpose — deeper knowledge of a subject — is lost."

Privacy is dead, and social media hold smoking gun [CNN]
"It's easy to see the associated risks of a life-logging device. From stalkers to identity theft, recording such information (and to unlock its true value, posting it online) makes us vulnerable to all manner of bad actors.But what about the cost of not sharing? In the online realm, that might mean you simply don't exist."

What sociologist Erving Goffman could tell us about social networking and Internet identity [O'Reilly Radar]
"That the Internet suppresses implicit signals such as body language, and maps poorly to high-context cultures, is well known. But what we can learn from Goffman is that the elimination of all these nuances reduces the effectiveness of team behavior when they interact in groups with other participants who have differing interests or viewpoints."

Google Wave: we came, we saw, we played D&D [Ars Technica]
"...there seems to be an emerging consensus that Google Wave has as much RPG potential as any platform since the venerable and proverbial tabletop."

The Science of Retweets on Twitter [PR 2.0]
"Retweets, in my opinion, are one of the most sincere forms of recognition and validation, empowering users to pay it forward through the recognition of noteworthy content."

Mob Rule! How Users Took Over Twitter [Wired]
"It’s easy to write off Twitter as a happy accident, a right-place, right-time fluke. But that misses the point. When Twitter’s creators designed the service, they made a series of crucial and deliberate decisions — ones that seem brilliant in retrospect — that created the conditions that allow users to innovate."

The power of tweets [Guardian]
"So is Twitter a neat way of keeping in contact with your mates? One of the most effective promotional device yet invented? A powerful new tool for democracy, enabling abuses to be exposed and offenders to be defeated? Or (in this country at least) a liberal rent-a-mob bent on hanging out to dry those who express an opinion that differs from their own?"

Some thoughts on Twitter vs. Facebook Status Updates [apophenia]
"[The] difference between the two has to do with the brokering of status. With Facebook, the dominant norm is about people at a similar level of status interacting. On Twitter, there's all sorts of complicated ways in which status is brokered."

Is Your Facebook Profile As Private As You Think? [NPR]
"Social network users assume a degree of privacy within their circle of friends — but it's not a safe assumption to make."