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Written By: kernrg on June 12, 2010 2 Comments
Friends and amis on Facebook

An interesting aspect of social network sites like Facebook and MySpace is their appropriation of the word “friend.”  I sometimes get email messages from people I hardly know (and sometimes people I don’t know at all) inviting me to friend them (now it seems there is no more need to use the verb “befriend“).

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 12, 2009 No Comment

A very interesting article on Facebook, and the controversial issue of ownership of user-generated data appears in New York magazine.

Money quote:

If there were one word to describe what Facebook has added to my life, I would use it. It’s a multidimensional pleasure: It’s given me a tool for exceptionally mindless, voyeuristic, puerile […]

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Written By: Youki on April 10, 2009 One Comment

A British teenager who took a drugs overdose has been saved after the American girl he was chatting to online raised the alarm.

The 16-year-old boy from Oxfordshire had sent her a message suggesting he intended to commit suicide.

Although she did not know where he lived, calls via the White House and the British Embassy enabled […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on March 31, 2009 2 Comments
Classic Facebook

This has got to be the funniest Facebook-related image EVER:

It’s the story of Aeneas’ journey toward founding Rome, told via Facebook status updates.

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on February 12, 2009 4 Comments
Love Story: Facebook Edition

Over the last months, I have been following a friend’s trials and tribulations in love, a narrative mediated through the terse dozen or so words of Facebook status updates (a popular micro-blogging feature on the site). I reproduce below the exact updates, with the date stamps.

Enyd: finally found someone who makes […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 7, 2009 9 Comments

An interesting article in the Wall Street Journal called “The Art of Making Online ‘Friends’” caught my attention today. The author suggests that in the troubled economic times we have today, the “weak ties” afforded by so-called “friends” on social networking sites could end up being very helpful. Networking is critical for finding good […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on December 7, 2008 No Comment

For all those of you on Facebook, here’s some good news: you can network with like-minded FITizens there! You can become a FAN of our brand new Found in Translation Page here, and join the Found in Translation Group here. Hope to see you there! 🙂

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Written By: Kate F. on November 19, 2008 3 Comments

In the past few months, I’ve begun to think of myself as truly Facebook-phobic. Usree’s self-proclaimed fascination with – and consequent dependency on – Facebook, as explained in her June 9, 2008 posting is even more evidence of the fact that I am, apparently, woefully behind the times and very much in the minority […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on June 9, 2008 One Comment

It was some 25,056,000 seconds ago, at the time of this writing, that I joined Facebook, a megalith among social networking sites. Having tried, tested, and deleted my profile on MySpace a year prior, I was incredibly wary of joining a site I felt too old for…wasn’t Facebook for the unjaded and perpetually-partying […]

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Written By: aaminahm on June 16, 2012 No Comment

Last night I found myself feeling unsettled as I walked a long with a small group of junior research associates that I met this week at the Digital Media and Learning hub’s Summer Institute in Cambridge, MA. Having grown up in the Bay Area and having spent some time in the south I have experienced […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 18, 2012 No Comment
The Toongate Controversy

The news of the arrest of Ambikesh Mohapatra, professor of physical chemistry and kinetics at Jadavpur University (West Bengal, India) spread like wildfire across the nation over the last week. People rallied together, on the streets and on social networking sites, to protest what has been popularly called a “fascist” […]

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Written By: daveski on April 4, 2012 2 Comments

Thanks to Steven L on Facebook for bringing this to my attention: Matt Meyer at ReignDesign narrates his presentation “Love Hotels and Unicode” from a recent tech “unconference” in Shanghai. After reviewing some of the convergences that led to a single standard for representing many of the world’s scripts and […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 25, 2012 No Comment
“Chai Tea” and other oddities

“What is Chai Tea?” I wondered, flabbergasted: “It makes no sense! Chai=tea. Tea tea? And it’s supposed to be Indian?”

Now, I take pride in knowing my teas: I come from a land where tea is the preferred beverage, ubiquitous in the national beverage-scape. Tea was incorporated into my breakfast routine […]

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Written By: daveski on October 17, 2011 2 Comments
The Skype “S”

Last week I had the opportunity to go and talk with the students in Claire Kramsch’s UGIS 120 class, the introductory course for the new Applied Language Studies minor being offered out of the College of Letters & Science. The topic of the day was medium, discourse, and multimodality, and while my presentation […]

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Written By: daveski on August 5, 2011 3 Comments
#liveunblogging @ Cal Educamp

I’m continuing a short but proud tradition of liveblogging on FIT but really doing it for the first time myself in a more public context, sitting here in Rm. C110 of the Haas School of Business for the full day unconference, Cal Educamp, put on jointly by Berkeley’s Educational […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 11, 2011 One Comment

Education First, “The World Leader in International Education” (as it calls itself) released what it called “the world’s first index to compare the English-language ability of adults in different countries,” which caused a flurry of excitement in the international news media. You can download the full report here. The report, compiled based […]

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Written By: seo on March 13, 2011 2 Comments
Language of Disaster

I was online and on Facebook when the first news about the earthquake in Japan was posted. I hurriedly went to check English language news sites and found next to nothing on them. I switched over to the Asahi Shimbun, Yomiuri, and Mainichi and spent half the night reading, refreshing, watching, and checking in on […]

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Written By: daveski on October 15, 2010 4 Comments

Well, since Youki and Usree lured me into this quiz on Facebook, i thought I’d post it here because, well, I don’t know if you want to let yet another Facebook app access all of your personal information. If you’re on Facebook, that is. And we should be able to talk about these […]

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Written By: daveski on October 11, 2010 4 Comments
If I am you, then we is possessed

“I’m not a witch. I’m nothing you’ve heard. I’m you.”

So starts this campaign ad for Christine O’Donnell, the Republican party nominee for the special Senate election in Delaware, released about a week ago:

And considering the lunacy of the opening and closing lines (especially), I assumed that the good folks over at the […]

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Written By: daveski on September 24, 2010 No Comment

The title pretty much says it all…thanks to Viola on Facebook for pointing out that today is National Punctuation Day. The website actually has a lot of useful information about how and when to use each type of punctuation, so if you want to brush up, give those semicolons and apostrophes a click!

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