Thinking blogger award meme

Posted by jerry on April 29th, 2007 — Posted in Journal, New media, Technology, Theory

Many thanks to Linn Skinner of The Embroidress fame for tagging me with a ‘thinking blogger’ award šŸ™‚

thinking blogger award

Here’s what she said:

Another blog that takes me to realms not always familiar to me is Jerry Everard’s Mindsigh Jerry has a way of making rather lofty academic approaches to philosophic thought within my grasp without “dumbing down” the concepts. It is his clarity of expression that does the trick.

So what’s this all about? The meme originated with The Thinking Blog and the idea is simple – you tag five blogs that make you think. The rules are:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote (there is an alternative silver version if gold doesn’t fit your blog).

This is a great way to find out about other blogs that make you think – by getting others who people tag as ‘thinking’ to give their selections – making it a form of social bookmarking.

A meme is “n. A unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another (analogous to the transmission of biological information in a gene).” a term coined by British biologist Richard Dawkins. So the thinking blogger meme is a way of tagging someone and saying: “You’re it – pass it on”.

And so to my selections. The first goes to Sharonb – my inspiriation – what more can I say? for her blog Mindtracks which discusses new media and visual culture.

The second is Angela Thomas’ blog which explores issues of identity – particularly with respect to SecondLife, and the question of the new literacies required in the digital age.

The third is Colin Lankshear and Michele Knobel’s blog Everyday Literacies which is also a new media blog by a couple of wonderful educators on the subject.

The fourth is Writer Response Theory where there is always some innovative discussion on aspects of textual arts.

And the fifth… Makezine! These folks adapt/re-cut/re-mix technology to make it do stuff the designers never thought of – and the results are amazing. Build your own cloud chamber or turn your laser pointer into an optical communications device – you name it and it’s been done on Makezine.

The meme is out there – pass it on….

Cheers
Jerry

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[…] How exciting! This is the first meme I have ever been officially tagged withand it’s the thinking blogger award! Many many thanks to Jerry for tagging me – Jerry’s work has been an inspiration to me since way back in 1995. I’d announced on my website that I was thinking about doing a PhD but at that stage the area of virtual worlds and identity was very under researched and I was fumbling around wondering how to go about it. Jerry emailed me and encouraged me and gave me links and references and although it still took me a while to get started, this was the very beginning for me. […]

Posted on April 29, 2007 at 12:51 pm

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[…] Jerry Everard of Mindsigh did us the honor of tagging us for the Thinking Blogger Award. The Thinking Blogger Award was introduced by Ilker Yoldas as a tag meme with meaning. His meme asks that you tagĀ ’5 Blogs That Make Me Think‘. But being a group blog, not only will we be putting forwardĀ blogs that make us think, we’ll be putting forward group blogs. Our list emerged this way naturally (and then we decided to make it a rule). On reflection, it made complete sense that people who group blog would have a tendency to read group blogs. WeĀ noted too that it wasn’t just the posts on these blogs, but the discussions that take place in the comments that provide the food for thought. […]

Posted on May 7, 2007 at 2:48 pm

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