A look at the light side (and sometimes a light look at the dark side) of e-learning ...



XKCD_(1).pngThere are lots of cartoons and videos about e-learning out there on the net. For good general sites which include internet-related material, try Randall Munroe's web comic XKCD (see cartoon at right) or the cartoons in Hubspot's Flickr photostream. Another recent project involves the animation of a number of New Yorker cartoons, including the famous "web hounds".

If you think that people are having - trouble with computers -, check out the 2001 NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting) video Introducing the Book on YouTube (see also below). Incidentally, have you ever wondered what it might have been like to use YouTube in 1985? For one view of the difference between - Mac & PC users -, check out How We Treat Our Computers. And for some
- technology - instructions you probably didn't need, like "Do not eat iPod Shuffle", see IT World's 30 Ridiculously Dumb Tech Warning Labels.

To get to the heart of what the - internet - is about, see Doogie Horner's flowchart on how to Explain the internet to a 19th century British street urchin. If you're concerned about privacy, take a look at FlowingData's Venn diagram explaining privacy and the internet. Have you ever wondered what it would mean if the internet collapsed? For one view of this, see the Onion's Breaking News: All Online Data Lost after Internet Crash. And if you're worried about the language you should use to describe digital culture, take the quick quiz at http://willusingtheprefixcybermakemelooklikeanidiot.com/.

For a look at - internet help - issues (and a comment on generational differences), you might like to try Wes Borg's Internet Help Desk. There's also a shorter version (without the generational part).

For an impressive attempt to map - web 2.0 -, see xkcd's 2007 Map of Online Communities; the more recent, xkcd-inspired 2010 Social Networking Map; or, even more recently, xkcd's 2010 Map of Online Communities based on daily social activity. You might also be interested to know What digital natives want from their library.

Ever get annoyed by the people who - email - you? Take a look at Oatmeal's If you do this in an email, I hate you.

Wondering what the best - search engine - is? Try out the Search Engine Rap Battle.

If you're looking for extra uses for your - mobile phone -, try Portable à tout faire. See Technology and the Family for an overview of the changes technology has brought to our lives. If you've ever struggled with the autocorrect/predictive text function on a mobile phone, take a look at http://damnyouautocorrect.com/. If, on the other hand, you're tired of all this technology, the Hipster PDA may be for you.

Want to save yourself time reading lots and lots of - blogs -? Try Lore Sjöberg's Secrets of the 7 Basic Blog Posts. For a different take on the power of blogging, see Joe Bloggs presents Web 2.0.

White-25-400-pixels.jpgIf you're trying to figure out the differences between - social media - platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and LinkedIn, see Robert Lavigne's Nature Calls: Social Media Explained.

For songs about - Facebook - addiction, try the 2005 Miami U. Cheezies a cappella Facebook Song, or Penn Masala's Facebook Skit music video. On the subject of what Facebook might be like if it were your "real" life, see College Humor's Facebook - Off, and if you're really not sure whether you run your technology or your technology runs you, take a look at iJustine meets eJustine. There's a 1950s-style guide to Facebook Manners and You and, if you're wondering what you shouldn't post, see Dave Parrack's 5 Facebook Status Updates Guaranteed to Annoy. If you're really over it all, see Julian Smith's 25 Things I Hate About Facebook. If you wonder how World War II might have played out on Facebook, see College Humor's OMG WWII on Facebook! or, for a wider historical perspective, try Cool Material's If Historical Events Had Facebook Statuses. For a comparison between social networks, try Social Network Humor: Friendster, MySpace, and Facebook. Finally, for The Guardian's take on the negative hype about Facebook, see Martin Robbins' 2011 article Facebook Will Destroy Your Children's Brains.

On - Twitter - addiction, see Twouble with Twitters. If you think Twitter is too long-winded, try Flutter: The New Twitter. And if someone decided to make a Facebook-style movie about the service, this is what the Twitter Movie Trailer might look like.

If you're worried about addiction to - online gaming -, check out Barely Digital's World of Warcraft Intervention.

For a whole new view of the future of publishing - and to reorient your perspectives on - digital natives - - try DK's The Future of Publishing (below). Make sure you watch to the end ...



And finally, if you've ever thought about the differences between the big tech companies, take a look at The Joy of Tech's If tech companies made self-driving cars ...



Credits: The heading was created with the MySpace Text Generator. I owe the Doogie Horner, FlowingData and FaceBook in Reality links to Gavin Dudeney, the Oatmeal link to Peter Black, the Technology and the Family link to Jenny Tibbits, the Hipster PDA link to Carmel O'Sullivan, the Facebook song link to Greg Ladner and Adrian Price, the Facebook Manners and You link to Mark Pesce, the Facebook WWII link to Tama Leaver, the Flutter link to Phil Gardin, the World of Warcraft Intervention link to The Metaverse Journal, and the Joy of Tech link to Penny Coutas.

Contact: There's no such thing as a finished wiki. Like all wikis, this one is a work in progress and there will be changes from time to time in organisation, content and links. However, don't let that stop you from contacting me at any time with comments, suggestions or questions.