Friday, August 23 2013
By A J Kimmel on Friday, August 23 2013, 16:59
If Mike Nichols were to remake The Graduate, there would need to be a crucial script change. Newly graduated Benjamin Braddock would not be informed that his future lay in 'plastics,' but social media. "Ben, I've got one word for you, Internet.'
Thanks to staff.com' Reina Carpeso for this.
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Friday, October 12 2012
By A J Kimmel on Friday, October 12 2012, 23:08
The marketing software firm Marketo brings us this social media users profile segmentation, which likely will prove too close to home for comfort. Yes, it's a sorry state of affairs when people become their machines, but hey, isn't that exactly what Raymond Kurzweil predicts in The Singularity is Near? It's sad to see so many people becoming slaves to their portable devices and social media channels, but that's the reality of the contemporary world. Are you ready to admit, which type of social media addict are you?
Friday, January 27 2012
By A J Kimmel on Friday, January 27 2012, 16:08
This infographic from onlinegraduateprograms comes thanks once again from my no. 1 source of infographics, Peter Kim.
Created by: Online Graduate Programs
Saturday, November 5 2011
By A J Kimmel on Saturday, November 5 2011, 01:57
A nice followup to my last post pertaining to smartphones, this HackCollege.com infographic comes to me by way of Peter Kim, and offers some perspective on the role of the portable phone in the lives of contemporary American students. Granted, the sample is small: 200 respondents randomly sampled from several universities nationwide, and somewhat skewed in favor of females (approx. 60-70%).
By their nature, infographics provide a rather superficial glimpse of current trends and behaviors, so take this for what it's worth. Needless to say, while we might quibble with the numbers, for many youth, take away their phones and you take away part of their selves.
Created by: HackCollege
Sunday, October 9 2011
By A J Kimmel on Sunday, October 9 2011, 16:36
According to a recent infographic, among several offered up by Peter Kim, who claims to have taken a fancy to this site, the computer and the Internet have made the 'never leave home again' coping mechanism increasingly possible. You be the judge.
I personally think there is something to be said for leaving the home from time to time. One reason is to chase after my cat, who is not yet 'connected.' Another is to go to work, which I still can't completely do from home, although it probably won't be too long before most teaching is done via a computer screen - I've already exploited that possibility with some video teaching I did for TEC students sitting in a Monterrey, Mexico classroom. Another is to actually meet up with people you like - that is, the non-cavemen types - in actual bricks and mortar settings, to converse around drinks, catch a live band, visit an art gallery, attend a baseball game, and my personal favorite, to have an original meal in a restaurant (without which my Paris Restaurants and Beyond blog would be lame indeed). Not that these activities can't be accomplished virtually (although I'm a bit stuck figuring out how to accomplish the restaurant feat in virtual life), but from my perspective, something is clearly lost in translation. What's scarier than not having to leave home at all are all those device obsessed persons in the real world who psychologically are nowhere except in their devices. Watching many young Parisians walking around town while frantically texting, checking their messages, talking on the phone, etc. - don't tell me they are in Paris. They are in the device, which for many, might as well be home.
Created by: College At Home