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"Six of the ten largest companies in the US are in the business of circulating capital, not producing anything: the ones who are producing anything are inventing new business models on old products to turn those into circulating-capital businesses too."
"Optional chaining" is really nice!
If you have written any JS you have probably had to do something like this this:
if (myObject && myObject.foo === 1)
in order to prevent things from going to shit if myObject happens to be undefined.
Optional chaining lets you do this:
if (myObject?.foo === 1)
It's made a whole lot of my code a whole lot less verbose. It's of course even better when accessing sub-sub-sub properties. More here:
@alissa I can see this happening as a result of academics expressing frustration that students aren't using scholarly texts in their references.
But this is really reminding me of Beall's List and the mechanics behind that becoming such a Thing. Dirty workarounds get a life of their own.
Some days it feels like twenty first century librarianship is just a collection of blowbacks from the application of 1970s ideas into 1990s contexts.
"Any college or university that claims to prepare students for civic participation but fails to provide systematic instruction in web credibility is engaging in educational malpractice."
"Telling college students not to use Google and to use only librarian-approved databases, as some information specialists do, makes as much sense as telling them to practice abstinence-only birth control."
This has been sitting in my digital TBR pile and I finally got to it. Compulsory reading (the whole PDF, not just the abstract).
"Educating for Misunderstanding: How Approaches to Teaching Digital Literacy Make Students Susceptible to Scammers, Rogues, Bad Actors, and Hate Mongers"
@mark I hadn't heard of it to be honest, but I guess it comes down to how easily the back catalogue can be opened up and what the half-life of a thesis is. Probably depends on the field.
"Technology cannot single-handedly lead us into utopia. But to deny that it has a place also oversimplifies reality: We must acknowledge that we are technological beings, as well as natural, spiritual, social, and political beings. A successful transition depends on it."
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