Monthly Archives: April 2013

Infotention, anyone?


What a cool guy Howard Rheingold is, with all his infotention-ing.

I mostly agree with Rheingold – in this day and age we are being exposed to so much information through the various media platforms we use, and in the words of Rheingold, we are “overloading” on this information.

How could you not trust a guy with different coloured eyebrows and moustache? [Credit: his website]

It has a lot to do with blocking out and filtering the information that we process throughout our daily lives, and Rheingold has actually developed a method to help people do this – smart guy.

I am hoping that I am able to do the filtering myself without needing this training though!!

“Infotention [is] a word I came up with to describe the psycho-social-techno skill/tools we all need to find our way online today, a mind-machine combination of brain-powered attention skills with computer-powered information” (Mindful Infotention: Dashboards, Radars, Filters, by the Howard Rheingold, SFGate, 2009).

I have just read this great blog about how to get students to practice Infotention mindfulness to get them to focus on the tasks at hand – something that would be very helpful to a lot of people I know that do a million things at once and have concentration issues (I might be talking about myself?)

(Right now I have been switching tabs between my blog and Facebook (infotention, anyone?), and continually losing my train of thought so I’m sorry if this is all jumbled.)

Mindful Infotention Map [Credit:]

Mindful Infotention Map [Credit:]


The Archive of Desire


Well, in case Professor Murphie didn’t want to continue being any more vague with his topics, this week is “desire” and on appearance it seems like it has nothing to do with Publics and Publishing… but on closer inspection I think it does.

With regards to the notion of archives, we are forever indulging in such things; we watch black and white films, we look at old photographs and we constantly use our memories as a storage facility… much like a very private archival system.

Physical archives are not sexy

Humans have a complete desire for archives, and we don’t even know it (unless we’re arts2090 students). Someone even wrote a book on it, however he was French and it was all in French… but it was published in 1996 and touched on a lot of these points.

Modern-day archive… even worse…

Now, excuse me so I can go and watch The Sound of Music on DVD and sing along to all the songs with the words that I’ve stored in my hard drive… I mean, brain.