Posts By: Harold Jarche

Budge Wilson 1927-2021

I rarely write personal posts here but I want to collect some of what has been shared online by the extended community following the death of acclaimed writer, Budge Wilson, on 19 March 2021. We will miss her. Nova Scotia Best known as a children’s author, she wrote more than 30 books for all ages…. Read more »

people, not algorithms

Can an algorithm defeat an algorithm? One group of European researchers think it can be done. I have my doubts “The approach involves assigning numerical values to both social media content and users. The values represent a position on an ideological spectrum, for example far left or far right. These numbers are used to calculate… Read more »

science and witchcraft

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “The spread of germs is the price we pay for the spread of ideas.” —Nicholas Christakis 1990s Hackers: “I’m building a free operating system to run the internet”. 2020s Hackers: “I’m building a casino… Read more »

human engagement counters misinformation

A recent study conducted by Facebook suggests that when it comes to vaccine doubts and misinformation, “a small group appears to play a big role in pushing the skepticism”. Some of the early findings are notable: Just 10 out of the 638 population segments contained 50 percent of all vaccine hesitancy content on the platform…. Read more »

platforms and the precariat

Is it possible to be a musician today and earn a middle class income? The music industry is fundamentally broken up into three separate arms: recorded music, music licensing and live music. Where recorded music — physical album sales — was once the bread-and-butter for musicians, first the advent of piracy platforms like Napster, and… Read more »

ordinary creativity

Karen Caldwell calls personal knowledge mastery — ordinary creativity (3.5 minute video). I think this is a great analogy as PKM is something that anyone can practice and improve. Karen asks what does ordinary creativity mean for you as a “social learner, digital author, prosumer, digital audience, and consumer”. She identifies ways to present information such… Read more »

prisoners of our own device

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “We simply ask that you be innovative without mistakes while working as a team to achieve individual performance goals.” —@DocOnDev “Here’s a helpful logic tree to decide if work should be paid or unpaid:… Read more »

horses for courses

The phrase comes, of course, from horse racing. Some horses are good at boggy ground, some prefer the going to be firm underfoot. Put the right horse on the right track, and they will prevail. This neat rhyme proved to be so popular around racetracks that it took on a life of its own, with… Read more »

trust emerges over time

Imagine a research-intensive organization where scientists should be sharing what they learn, and the official company policy is to share information and expertise among public and private partners. However, the company is ‘downsizing’ and layoffs are based on performance reviews. If one scientist helps a peer develop a patented product, and as a result the… Read more »