I’m sure I don’t need to tell anyone who attends CSU that the board of trustees has officially dropped an atom bomb on our state university system. But in case you’ve been living in a fallout shelter, the decision amounts to a 20 percent increase in tuition and a 25 percent reduction in enrollment, effective ASAP.
As a grad student at SJSU, I’ve received a steady stream of email from the SLIS administration and have highlighted the gory details in this post.
In the opening paragraphs of Chapter 1 of Ambient Findability, Peter Morville exhibits an unnatural fondness for his Palm Treo 600, which he uses to demonstrate that “findability serves as a useful lens for seeing where we’ve been and what lies ahead” on the “emerging shoreline that connects the land of atoms and the sea of bits.”
Which is great. And maybe even right. But at the risk of sounding shallow, using a soon-to-be outdated device is not the way to make a point about the future. To further Morville’s analogy, the Treo 600 is a marker at the edge of a riptide that has since sucked us in and out to sea. Today we are riding that wave of convergent technology like a modern-day Jeff Spicoli, using iPhone apps to order pizza at innappropriate moments.
I never had the guts to be a tagger when I was a kid. But now that tagging is acceptable behavior–at least for online social networks–I’m trying to get all “white and nerdy” with a hack of sorts: a controlled vocabulary for tagging saved Delicious bookmarks.
Edit Bookmark is perhaps the most commonly used feature of the Delicious collaborative tagging platform, aside from the Save a Bookmark feature. I use it all the time, as do most members of the Delicious community. But how well do we really know Edit Bookmark?