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is G+ a 'utopia' of sorts? and if so, can that last?
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Just writing that made me realize something that I'll throw out as a hypothesis for people to knock around...

Facebook's basic "unit" if you will is the relationship. Everything is built around your "friends" and both parties need to agree to the fact that the relationship exists; all other aspects of the site presuppose a relationship of some kind (or at least with some small degree of remove). This leads to the behaviors of people sending invitations to people they don't really know, and accepting friend requests from people they don't know, and building up collections of "friends" that they don't actually have a relationship with because everything else depends on at least claiming that a relationship exists.

G+ on the other hand, uses as its basic unit the idea (for lack of a better word). When I post a question, or a picture of my hypothetical dog, or a bit of information I've gleaned from a tea book or something, that is the basic unit. All of the tools and mechanics on G+ presuppose that this piece of information, this "idea," has people for whom it is relevant and interesting, and those for whom it is not. In essence, it doesn't matter if you or I have a personal relationship; what matters is if you have ideas that I want to connect with and vice versa...and recognizing that relationship to an idea doesn't need to be mutual. I could love everything you have to say and you could think I was a lame weirdo; I could still have a "relationship" with the ideas you choose to post.
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several others have posted this already, but it's too brilliant not to repost.
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no. 2 in the series. [HT to lorraine s for this link.] if you own a sigg bottle, depending on when it was manufactured, it may or may not have BPA in it. but -- a' propos of that -- stay tuned for no. 3 in this series ...
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here's a howdy-doo. scientists have been talking for some time about life extension -- and, in that context, about people now alive perhaps extending their life-spans beyond 100 -- but perhaps to 120 or so. now comes aubrey de grey, with the notion that a THOUSAND-YEAR life-span is a realistic expectation in the foreseeable future.

would you want to live to be 150? would you want to live to be 1000? discuss.
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See Tennyson's "Tithonus."
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HT to rita r for this link. the online article is short; the podcast interview is half-an-hour long. in a way it doesn't matter whether tapscott is completely right; the issue bears pondering by all educators, right away.
http://www.npr.org/2011/07/14/137853462/rethinking-how-we-teach-the-net-generation
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I find this piece interesting but irritating. I'm not sure that the fact that students are on Facebook while doing their homework means that we should change our educational methods. No defense of the lecture from me, necessarily, but we need to know how students actually learn (and learn well), not just how they get their work done, before we start reforming education.
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no. 3 in the series. [HT to lora h for this link.] i actually posted this several months ago, on that other social network page, and just found it again last night. extremely discouraging -- but forewarned is forearmed, they say ...
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[the first of three related posts about the dangers of plastic, BPA and otherwise -- each posted here with its own link.] i never seem to hear people talking about the health dangers of BPA. even brief contact with food or drink can increase these. please download, read, & circulate this pdf file. & bear in mind that other plastics besides BPA also present health dangers - they are just not well documented yet.
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