Social Media Workshop on Professionalization and Pedagogy, May 12, 2015, 3:00-4:00PM

Today, I’m leading a workshop on social media as a tool for professionalization and as a tool for pedagogy. I am including some of the details from the workshop flyer below. You can download the flyer here: ellis-jason-socialmedia-workshop and my workshop notes here: ellis-jason-social-media-workshop. Social Media Workshop on Professionalization and Pedagogy Tuesday, May 12, 2015 3:00PM-4:00PM NammContinue reading “Social Media Workshop on Professionalization and Pedagogy, May 12, 2015, 3:00-4:00PM”

Social Disconnection: Choosing the Online Networks that Suit My Needs without Causing Excessive Distraction

The decision to disconnect from some social networking sites is what I call social disconnection. The commitments–time, social capital, and energy–of social media can take away from real life work and personal commitments. Furthermore, there are addictive qualities to some of these networks that require energy to resist and this can create other kinds ofContinue reading “Social Disconnection: Choosing the Online Networks that Suit My Needs without Causing Excessive Distraction”

The Social Network and Science Fiction

Y and I finally saw The Social Network (2010) for the first time thanks to a recent free rental from Family Video. I thought it was a very fine movie about the troubles of creating a big company that monetizes identity and “privacy” (with big quotes). I am interested in the way that the filmContinue reading “The Social Network and Science Fiction”

Disable Facebook’s Facial Recognition Feature to Prevent Autotagging

Lifehacker.com provides a heads-up about a new “feature” in Facebook: facial recognition autotagging here: How to Stop Facebook from Using Facial Recognition on You – Lifehacker. This built-in feature allows Facebook to search photos for faces and automatically tag you in those photos. If you are like me, you need to use social media, but youContinue reading “Disable Facebook’s Facial Recognition Feature to Prevent Autotagging”

Forums.StarWars.com Going Offline on June 3, Loss of Nearly 10 Years of Star Wars Fan Conversations

Topher Kohan of CNN wrote an open letter to George Lucas regarding the shuttering of the StarWars.com fan forums: Mr. Lucas, the 4th is not to be trifled with – CNN.com. Apparently, Lucasfilm recently decided to remove the forums on June 3, 2011. They have already placed the forums in read-only mode as of May 3.Continue reading “Forums.StarWars.com Going Offline on June 3, Loss of Nearly 10 Years of Star Wars Fan Conversations”

Protect Your Online Privacy and Take the Battle to Facebook’s Turf

All of the recent explosive disclosures about the changes to Facebook‘s privacy policy–something that has been an ongoing and procedural erosion of our privacy (see here for a graphical representation of the changes) by acceptance of their terms of service and privacy policy changes–had begun to make me think strongly about quitting Facebook all together.Continue reading “Protect Your Online Privacy and Take the Battle to Facebook’s Turf”

Save Your Privacy, Facebook Connection Block

If it weren’t for the ease of keeping up with friends and maintaining professional connections with Facebook, I would drop it faster than a Centaurian slug. As it is, Facebook has positioned itself as an essential part of contemporary computer technology-enabled social networking. As with so many social networks in the past decade, I can’tContinue reading “Save Your Privacy, Facebook Connection Block”

Join the SFRA Group on Facebook

The tenacious and mostly harmless Stacie Hanes started the Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA) group on Facebook some time ago.  Recently, I signed on as an admin of the group with Stacie after I became SFRA’s Publicity Director.  Now, I would like to ask all SFRA members on Facebook (and there are a whole lot ofContinue reading “Join the SFRA Group on Facebook”