Sunday, November 28, 2010

Painful conversations

Pain I keep having painful conversations.

It started a few days ago with Top ten reasons why academics do not contribute to Wikipedia.

That was followed by CiteULike - remove feature request (Remove feature? wtf?). It's depressing that users want squirreling away, not social discovery (but it does explain the design of Mendeley). Well, at least squirreling away is something I suppose!

Because on Friday we started having a conversation with our students about bookmarking online resources - either they don't or they write stuff in a Word doc. Some write it out by hand...
Their knowledge is transient - they are completely brainwashed by modularized culture - file assessment and forget.

Why aren't people social?