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An interesting day of self-reflection regarding digitised life..

An interesting day of self-reflection regarding digitised life… after only 24 hours, I’m already loving my new robot vacuum. I always said I’d never have a (human) cleaner but apparently I’m OK with robots doing the jobs I don’t want to? Is that OK? Where does that end?

Having fully converted to @DuckDuckGo about a month ago as part

Having fully converted to @DuckDuckGo about a month ago as part of my de-googlification process, my only disappointment is that there’s no verb form of DuckDuckGo! When I hear “Just Google it” I want to say “No, I’ll DuckDuckGo it” but that doesn’t really work!

Frustrating as it is from a digital sociology research perspecti

Frustrating as it is from a digital sociology research perspective, I’ve removed Facebook and Messenger from all my mobile devices. Maybe it’s just “end of year reflection” but today I feel like the privacy/control concerns outweigh any occasional benefits. #facebook

Reading up on regression analysis on a packed train. I’m think

Reading up on regression analysis on a packed train. I’m thinking I might have to test out my learning by predicting the optimal number of carriages for the morning TransPennine service from Hudds to Man Pic. Hint: It’s more than 3. #digitalsociology #spss #statistics

With users increasingly understanding ‘private mode’ in mode

With users increasingly understanding ‘private mode’ in modern browsers, why don’t Facebook use the same analogy to offer a toggleable mode for discreet Facebook activity? They could still collect data but enable peer-to-peer privacy/anonymity/pseudonymity? #digidentities

Just how annoying is this new marketeers trick of firing a massi

Just how annoying is this new marketeers trick of firing a massively interruptive banner when you move your mouse to the top of the screen in an “I’m about to go elsewhere” gesture. Leaving a site isn’t always a negative thing but leaving with a bad feeling is. #ux #design

Convenience so often trumps effort in this capitalist world. The

Convenience so often trumps effort in this capitalist world. The #Facebook/#CambridgeAnalytica ‘scandal’ merely exposes what many users really know but ignore. Rather than delete Facebook we need greater transparency, proper taxation and full accountability of the service.

In-between semesters, I’m so glad I finally got round to reading

In-between semesters, I’m so glad I finally got round to reading Negroponte’s ‘Being Digital’. Slightly shameful I’d not read it before. Absolutely mind-blowing vision and foresight. Eerily accurate in places alongside my current digital sociology explorations.

Excellent Orwell Lecture in the North last night. Grayson Perry

Excellent Orwell Lecture in the North last night. Grayson Perry presents with such fantastic character and perspective. I liked his condensing of social media to “LOLs, Feels & Woke”. Don’t be a diaphobe. Talk to people about it. @Alan_Measles @sheffielduni