Last night in my econ class, I introduced students to the “amateur” v “professional” debate by talking about the 2007 Super Bowl, the first time any major brand had engaged fans in a contest where the winner got a Super Bowl slot. At the time, the contest spurred discussion of “professional” versus “amateur”. Note that most of western science in the 1800s and even early 1900s was conducted by, you guessed it, amateurs.
Mashable is taking nominations until 16 November for its second annual Open Web Awards.
There are 26 categories, from blog plugins and embeddable widgets to social networking and mobile applications, from politics and entertainment sites to wikis and non-profit causes. Check out the list; nominate your favorite sites and tools!
Round one online voting begins 19 November; round two begins 3 December.
First round people’s choice winners included Digg, Facebook, iGoogle, MySpace and Pandora. Judge’s choice winners included Flickr, Flock, Last.fm, Mahalo, Meet Up, Twitter, Woot! and YouTube.
Using powerful digital tools not even in alpha four years ago, Americans are documenting election day 2008, with special emphasis on the experience at the polls. We’ve entered the age of Big Brother surveillance, and he is us.
The NYT Times: “Not since 1960, when John F. Kennedy won in part because of the increasingly popular medium of television, has changing technology had such an impact on the political campaigns and the organizations covering them.”
“Re-Tweet” of 19 August post:
Blog Action Day, 15 October 2008, is an annual nonprofit event designed to unite the world’s bloggers, podcasters and videocasters to discuss the same issue on the same day. Think of it as something like an intellectual flash mob. You don’t have to sign up to participate, but right now there are 2,305 sites registered.