Flotsam and jetsam (5/26)
After weeks of survey research, it turns out–the bounty and abundance of web data is out of control. As Google’s Eric Schmidt has been quoted, from the beginning of time to 2003, we created 5 Exabytes of data. We’re now creating that every two days–and it’s accelerating. Think of it like Moore’s law–for content. But unlike increased processor power, massive growth in unfiltered and un-contextualized content isn’t a boon. It’s a data deluge that’s drowning us all.
- Inside Higher Ed discusses the importance digital literacy in higher education, arguing tat both faculty and students need training for how to use technology well and wisely.
And don’t be surprised if a course on information literacy raises profound questions about (at least) undergraduate pedagogy (because it tends to have the greatest degree of passive learning). Challenging that paradigm might be the real obstacle to the use of technology that innovative educators face in our halls of academe, because the genuinely transformative potential that technology has on teaching and learning scares the pants off of personality types invested in incumbent methods and power models threatened by these new modalities. Remember: technology transfigures us, but that does not mean we always like what we see.
- I’m Still Progressive, But You’re Still a Bad Person. Or, why a progressive Christian still believes in depravity.
Even as a progressive, I cannot accept that humanity is inherently good. Yet this does not undermine my progressive commitments; it strengthens them.
- GetReligion discusses the recent study finding that born-again Christians have smaller brains that mainline Christians. (HT ThinkChristian)
- NYT has an article on twin girls that share a brain, and possibly a mind.
- Ben Witherington and Peter Leithart recently had a fascinating exchange on Constantine and Just War theory. Here’s a nice roundup of all the posts in that exchange. (HT @GodRocket)
- A British university causes a stir with its plans to monitor student attendance via wifi.
- And, here’s a flowchart for answering the question, Does That Person You’re Talking to Really Want to Hear about Your Dream?