Haven’t felt like posting much since I got back. I’m sure I’ll get into the swing of things again eventually (although maybe posting every day was never sustainable for me), but until then …
The theme this morning is compare/contrast.
- In response to the Socratic method article I linked to last week: Oriana Carravetta, Albany Government Law Review Fireplace, The Reality of the Socratic Method in Law School Classrooms: A Call to Preserve our Longstanding Tradition. With footnotes, as befits a law student.
- Opposing views on “To Power Point or Not to Power Point?”
- 3 Geeks: The Compelling Presentation: Don’t Use Power Point.
- Law Skills Prof Blog, How to Make Better Power Point Slides.
- Several more posts on the Google Books thing and what ought to/can be done.
- Robert Darnton, NYR Blog, Six Reasons Google Books Failed.
- Jennifer Howard, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Research Libraries See Google Decision as Just a Bump on the Road to Widespread Digital Access.
- Michael Hiltzik, LA Times, Creating a digital public library without Google’s money. Hiltzik expresses my thoughts on this well:
Like other authors and researchers, I’m conflicted about the project. On the plus side, the vision of a widely accessible digital library is a worthy one that is, for the first time in human history, technologically achievable.
On the other hand, Google was plotting to acquire effective control over millions of works whose copyrights belong to others.
I have such a love/hate relationship with Google. At ASIL, one of the attendees was talking about how she didn’t trust Facebook for its privacy intrusions, and “that was why she liked Google.” I didn’t have the time to question her on this; it’s pretty clear to me that Google tracks everything you do when logged into a Google account and tries to market accordingly.
Tech Progress had an interesting post tangentially on this topic the other day: You’re Not Google’s Customer – You’re the Product. It’s viewing the issue through an antitrust lens, but I think it gives a new twist on looking at some of these privacy concerns. @kashhill tweeted to something similar yesterday (not on the antitrust question, but part of my own Google/social media dilemma): techdirt’s Is It A Privacy Violation For Companies To Make Inferences About What You Might Like?
The most head-scratching reference request I received Tuesday night: “How much do you think that Wal-Mart class action case is worth?”