<span class='p-name'>Too Long; Didn’t Read #171</span>

Too Long; Didn’t Read #171

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Change is a state of mind
TL;DR #171- 10/26/2018


TL;DR is a weekly review of things that I think you should be reading. A primer of some of the cool things that happened…but you may have missed.

This week I created the following:


The secret to leaving comments online

This video from The School of Life provides some commentary about leaving comments in digital spaces.


Digital Mindfulness, Can it exist?

This post from Aaron Davis documents some of the challenges and opportunities in our frenetic, highly connected lives. What is “digital mindfulness” and is it a possibility?

You can read my response to Aaron’s post here.

From entry-level to executive, today’s jobs demand digital literacy

To better understand the central role of digital literacy in the workplace, Education Week took a deep look at four occupations in the Christiana Care Health System.

“The ability to create digital content, consume it, act on it, communicate it, share it, find itall that is tied to patient care,” Jasani said. “Those skills are emphasized more as one rises up the career ladder.”

Corporate Speech Police Are Not the Answer to Online Hate

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) with a repudiation of the recommendations made this week by a coalition of civil rights and public interest groups. The recommendations suggest policies they believe Internet intermediaries should adopt to try to address hate online.

“…the Internet still represents & embodies an extraordinary idea: that anyone with a computing device can connect with the world, anonymously or not, to tell their story, organize, educate & learn”

Do we still believe that networked youth can change the world?

I’m currently reading Twitter and Tear Gas by Zeynep Tufekci. It’s a fascinating read that is making me question a lot of my thinking about these digital, social spaces.

While I was reading this text, an interesting publication on activism and social networks by Henry Jenkins, Esra’a Al Shafei, & James Gee popped into my stream. It is helping to add some context to what I’m reading and thinking about.

The full PDF is available here.

Sharpen the Saw

In my “to do” list I try to make room for a section I title “Sharpen the Saw.” This is a section in which I document “things I’d like to do at some point.” It’s a collection of ideas for blog posts, websites to check out, books to read, etc.

This post from Brett and Kate McKay dives into some of the guidance from Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 habits of Highly Effective People. They suggest that when it comes to our personal lives, we should focus on four domains: physical, spiritual, mental, and social/emotional.

How do you “sharpen your saw”?


The value of owning more books than you can read

I was an English major in my undergraduate studies. As a result, I have a large collection of books at home. As I’m writing this week’s newsletter, I’m inundated by a growing library in my office as well. Many of these books I haven’t read…but they’re still here…for some reason. 🙂

Apparently, many readers buy books with every intention of reading them only to let them linger on the shelf. Statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb believes surrounding ourselves with unread books enriches our lives as they remind us of all we don’t know. The Japanese call this practice tsundoku, and it may provide lasting benefits.

What do you think?

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Confidence is knowing who you are and not changing it a bit because of someone’s version of reality is not your reality.

Shannon L. Alder


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22 Comments Too Long; Didn’t Read #171

  1. Aaron Davis

    I too have started reading Twitter and Tear Gas. I too am being challenged by it. I somehow thought that it wouldn’t be applicable in the field of EdTech. What it has me thinking is that in ‘networked publics’ there is not imaginary line where EdTech (whatever that actually means) starts and stops.
    Thank you too for the shoutout. It definitely has sparked some interesting conversation. I read a post today about mindfulness apps, yet it overlooked the collection of data associated with the completion of various. We are asked to be conscious of our breathing, yet ignore the data that we share on a daily basis.

    1. wiobyrne

      I’m seeing a lot of parallels with Twitter & Tear Gas and my current research in social network analysis and activism. I think there are also a lot of things to consider as we think about literacy practices in these online spaces. Most of all critical evaluation of online info and trolling/bullying behaviors. 🙂

      Thanks again for the feedback and support. 🙂


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