Category: Info Literacy

Sheet Music Sharing

While most of the discussion of online music sharing has focused on P2P sharing of MP3 encodings of sound recordings, there is also a scene sharing copies of copyrighted sheet music. Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown decided to take a stand by registering for one of the most popular sheet music swapping sites and asking people trading copies of his… Read more →

Teaching Copyright

According to the program’s web site, Music Rules is “a free educational program designed to encourage respect for intellectual property and responsible use of the Internet among students in grades 3-8.” At Ars Technica, Nate Anderson takes a look at the curriculum, which happens to be sponsored by the RIAA, Back to school with RIAA-funded copyright curriculum: “If this sounds… Read more →

Cultivating Online Personas

In New York Magazine, Rex Sorgatz lays out a few simple steps for finding internet fame, The Microfame Game and The New Rules of Internet Celebrity — New York Magazine: “It’s easy to be cynical about this new class of celebrity. The lines between empowerment and self-promotion, between sharing and oversharing, between community and cliques, can be blurry. You can… Read more →

Teaching Copyright and Info Literacy

William Patry takes a look at some “non-partisan” copyright groups educational materials: The Patry Copyright Blog: Non-profit, non-partisan education in copyright: “It would be sad indeed if a balanced educational plan for copyright was unachievable, especially where there is a will to develop one.” As Patry discusses, the copyright debate is not partisan in the traditional sense– it is not… Read more →

Criticism 2.0?

With the rise of bloggers into the mainstream media, critics of blogging, like Andrew Keen, worry that amateurism is destroying culture and that the blogosphere is a bunch of silly “user-generated nonsense.” The problem with blogs giving voices to otherwise unpublished critics and commentators is that these critics are not working with the same thoroughness as the professional critics working… Read more →

Transparent Wikipedia

John Borland, Wired, See Who’s Editing Wikipedia – Diebold, the CIA, a Campaign: “On November 17th, 2005, an anonymous Wikipedia user deleted 15 paragraphs from an article on e-voting machine-vendor Diebold, excising an entire section critical of the company’s machines. While anonymous, such changes typically leave behind digital fingerprints offering hints about the contributor, such as the location of the… Read more →


Something Awful: The Art of Wikigroaning: “First, find a useful Wikipedia article that normal people might read. For example, the article called “Knight.” Then, find a somehow similar article that is longer, but at the same time, useless to a very large fraction of the population. In this case, we’ll go with “Jedi Knight.” Open both of the links and… Read more →

Citing to Wikipedia in School and in Court

Inside Higher Ed: A Stand Against Wikipedia: “While plenty of professors have complained about the lack of accuracy or completeness of entries, and some have discouraged or tried to bar students from using it, the history department at Middlebury College is trying to take a stronger, collective stand. It voted this month to bar students from citing the Web site… Read more →

Long Tail, Decline of Filters, Information Literacy

In Salon today, Farhad Manjoo applies Chris Anderson’s “Long Tail” theory to news: Chasing tail. While Anderson’s book is concerned only with the business implications that come from the ability to sell lots of niche products, Manjoo considers the web’s ability to connect citizens with niche newspapers, magazines and partisan blogs to be part of the same phenomenon. Unlimited choice… Read more →


On Monday’s Colbert Report, Stephen discussed the Wikipedia process in The Wørd segment (“Wikiality”): Last week, The New Yorker published an article on Wikipedia: Know it All: Can Wikipedia conquer expertise? “Wikipedia remains a lumpy work in progress. The entries can read as though they had been written by a seventh grader: clarity and concision are lacking; the facts may… Read more →