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Shirky’s talk about the media landscape- how media is social, ubiquitous, and cheap. The change is that now our media is natively good at supporting conversations. We know have many to many communication.  The digitization of information has turned media on its head-a site of coordination no longer controlled from the top down. Media is now interactive. We are producers of information, part of the ProAm revolution. Change in the media landscape. Still changing patterns. Earthquake was reported as it was happening.

Where do I check for traffic jams? CBC radio? Nope.–Twitter. I can remember being stuck on Highway #2 between Edmonton and Calgary, and not knowing what was causing the problem, I quickly hopped on Twitter to discover there were disgruntled drivers stuck in traffic 30 km north of me.  I had the opportunity to take a side highway, clicked on my google maps app to figure out how far to go before re-routing back to the main highway. 

We become the filters as these knowledge amateurs. The ProAm movement. Sometimes I feel like thebottom feeder, filtering through all the plankton. Enthusiastic, figuring out my way through these streams of knowledge.

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Understanding the New Web Era: Web 3.0, Linked Data, Semantic Web

By Richard MacManus / May 13, 2009

I always find it so surprising to look at the dates on these articles, and while I am stumbling on these notions for the first times and nodding my head emphatically, Mr. MacManus has only been spouting this for 3 or more years. These so-called new ways of describing network evolution have been kicking around for some time.

So as we try to deal more and more efficiently with data- tailoring and personalizing it, where will that lead us next? Is exposing us to all that is out there and a constant expansion of the Long Tail really just the same as restricting our access in some way? Wading through the extraneous info on a web search can be such an overwhelming task that we only end up really looking at the most closely aligned material associated with our search? Just because we have limitless access does not mean we regularly exercise this right.

And maybe it’s a little like an all-inclusive trip- the first few times you gorge on the infinite mounds of culinary delights churned out. But pretty soon, it all starts tasting pretty bland and you get picky about what you choose. Or maybe your unfamiliarity with some dishes makes you particularly unadventurous and you stick to the tried and true North American cuisine, forgoing a tasty but exotic dish. I think this sensory or data overload can be perceived as its own kind of barrier and firewall aka the Great Wall of Data.

On the topic of Web 3.0, I came across a cool way to tailor your data streams. I have created my own paper on, mostly related to international education. At a glance I can get updated, scan my twitter feeds, bringing the knowledge I want to me.

My paper on pap…