atw: Re: Should we give the users what they want?

  • From: "Caz.H" <cazhart@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: austechwriter@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2009 17:23:36 +1100

Stuart, I had already noticed from your piece (which I did find interesting
& have bookmarked for reference) that these new modes of communicating
seemed to be entirely self-referencing.   One app is used to tell people
about another app, etc.  Not very innovative.  Definitely not creative.  All
a tad insular.  Hence the current limited utility.

On Wed, Mar 11, 2009 at 5:15 PM, Anthony Self

> Hi Stuart
> In my article, I mentioned that a 1998 study by Cetron found that children
> encountered as much in a single year as their grandparents did in a
> liftetime. If you want to find out more about the methodolgy that Cetron
> used, then you need to dig up the study and read it.
> Maybe you were just skimming the article?
> And one final thought... you went to the help for the Wiki you've been
> using because the Commoncraft video didn't answer your questions, but how
> was the help for the Wiki written? I have yet to see a Wiki whose Help
> system is not written collaboratively in a Wiki.
> Tony
> >>> Stuart Burnfield <slb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> 11/03/09 3:43 PM >>>
> On information and skimming:
> Tony's article uncritically quotes statements about the increasing amount
> of information:
> "children encounter as much information in a single year as their
> grandparents did in an entire lifetime"
> "The amount of unique new information generated this year will be more than
> the previous 5000 years"
> How is this measured? By volume? If so, that amusing Youtube clip from the
> Batman TV series that my brother sent me probably contains more 'new'
> information than The Feynman Lectures on Physics. Even better, if next year
> a couple of other people post copies of the same Batman scene to Youtube,
> and noone posts another copy of the Feynmann book, would that mean there's
> now triple the amount of new information?
> "Even a blog post of more than three or four paragraphs is too much to
> absorb. I skim it." (says Dr Bruce Freidman)
> Could that be because experience has taught Bruce that the typical blog
> post is 95% blather and 5% useful information? If blogs were a good medium
> for communicating technical information perhaps they would be read more and
> skimmed less?
> BTW I enjoyed and admired that Commoncraft video, but it doesn't answer a
> single one of the many questions I've had about using wikis in the last few
> months. I went to the help.
> Stuart
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