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Red Light, Green Light | Ithaka S+R
A proposal by Roger Schonfeld to help libraries assess the value of the resources they use.
libraries  collection  management  value  scholarly-communication  publishing 
june 2018 by tsuomela
This interview will make Leslie Knope cry - Vox
"In their new book Running From Office, political scientists Jennifer Lawless and Richard Fox sift through new survey and interview data and find that millennials — or, depending on your browser extensions, "snake people" — loathe politics. They don't respect politicians. They don't want to run for office. They don't want to follow political news. They don't even want to talk with their friends about politics. Kids today would literally prefer to be a high school principal than a member of Congress."
politics  careers  generation  generational-analysis  value  public-service 
august 2015 by tsuomela
Big brother in the academy | Features | Times Higher Education
"As monitoring of scholars’ performance, time and output increases, so do reservations about its value and effectiveness"
academic  academia  monitor  work  metrics  measurement  value 
october 2014 by tsuomela
The Quiet Realization of Ivan Illich's Ideas in the Contemporary Commons Movement | David Bollier
"You could say that the commons constitutes the great invisible sector of the economy and human society.  Or as Illich would have put it, the commons is vernacular culture at work.  It’s important to stress that the commons is not a resource.  It’s a resource plus a community plus that community’s particular rules and norms for managing the resource.  You could say that the commons is a socio-ecological-political-cultural paradigm and worldview."
commons  value  education  ideas 
august 2013 by tsuomela
Jaron Lanier Discusses Power Laws, Centralized Publishing, and the Social Perils of Free Information | The Scholarly Kitchen
"Overall, it’s a fascinating interview that touches on a number of topics in the wind currently. I plan to read the book, and do some thinking about these issues. “Free” is a price that has consequences. As we see what happens when information remains or becomes free, those consequences become clearer and require more serious thought. Ultimately, “free” could make us less free."
interview  value  online  intellectual-property  copyright  internet  economics  technology-effects  information  freedom  ideology 
august 2013 by tsuomela
"the Clothesline Paradox" | Conversation | Edge
"I'm jumping from my economic ruminations to these ruminations about open data in science, but I think the connection here is that what starts with open data and what appears to be uneconomic and free actually is the foundation for the next generation of businesses. There's something that Clayton Christenson once called "The Law of Conservation of Attractive Profits." When something that used to be valuable becomes commoditized, something that's adjacent suddenly becomes valuable. This is the thread that ties together my thinking about open source software and what I called "Web 2.0." I was fascinated with the parallels between commodity PC hardware and open source software. When IBM made PC hardware a commodity, Microsoft figured out how to make PC software proprietary and valuable. As the Internet and open-source software made software more of a commodity, companies like Google figured out how to make data and algorithms into something that was proprietary and very valuable. I think we're going to see the same thing in the world of open access."
economics  value  open-access  commoditization 
october 2012 by tsuomela
On the Intrinsic Value of Everything // Reviews // Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame
"On the Intrinsic Value of Everything Scott A. Davison, On the Intrinsic Value of Everything, Continuum, 2012, 150pp., $24.95 "
book  review  philosophy  value  axiology  intrinsic  objects 
august 2012 by tsuomela
UnderstandingSociety: Sen on well-being
"One of Sen's most fundamental contributions in economics is to question the theory of subjective utility and revealed preference. He thinks that we can give a substantive, not formal, account of wellbeing that permits us to analyze the individual's behavior and choices in a more meaningful way"
economics  philosophy  theory  utility  value  capabilities  ethics 
october 2011 by tsuomela
Seeing the Mind Behind the Art - People can distinguish abstract expressionist paintings from highly similar paintings by children, chimps, monkeys, and elephants
Museumgoers often scoff that costly abstract expressionist paintings could have been made by a child and have mistaken paintings by chimpanzees for professional art. To test whether people really conflate paintings by professionals with paintings by children and animals, we showed art and nonart students paired images, one by an abstract expressionist and one by a child or animal, and asked which they liked more and which they judged as better. The first set of pairs was presented without labels
psychology  experiments  art  modern-art  abstract-art  aesthetics  judgment  value  visual  perception 
june 2011 by tsuomela
"I take as my texts two of Marcuse's most profound and provocative phrases: "surplus repression," which makes its appearance in his early work, EROS AND CIVILIZATION, and "repressive desublimation," from his best known book, ONE-DIMENSIONAL MAN. By an explication of the notion of surplus repression, and a close reading of a single paragraph from the chapter on repressive desublimation, I can, I think, lay before you a deeper justification of liberal education that will explain both how it plays a central role in the critique and reformation of society, and why it is so appropriately undertaken at that moment in late adolescence and early adulthood which we in the United States identify as the undergraduate years."
education  liberal  value  humanities  MarcuseHerbert 
march 2011 by tsuomela
The United States of Charlie Sheen - Umair Haque - Harvard Business Review
"On the contrary: Charlie Sheen is the tired face of the American dream, in ways that we don't often enough have the backbone, wisdom, or grace to (want to) admit, starting with a hilariously bankrupt definition of "success."

What's wrong with this stunted definition? It's simply, simplistically about zero-sum, near-term WINNING — in a way that chronically, systemically undervalues the future, nature, other people, society, and even our own selves."
america  decline  culture  celebrity  fame  value 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Can This Journalist Be Replaced by Software and Mechanical Turk? - Technology Review
"Startup CloudCrowd is even working on a commercial version of the My Boss is a Robot experiment. Offered through, the service will allow businesses to purchase blog posts (or "content") that are "Fresh, Hand-Crafted, Topic-specific [and] Custom-Written to Your Specifications.""
crowdsourcing  information  writing  work  labor  distributed  computer-science  value  content 
february 2011 by tsuomela
The downward spiral of ownership and value « The Thingology Blog
"The loss of ownership creates a downward spiral in value, and erodes the very notion of paying for books at all.

Defining ownership down. We used to own our books. With most ebooks we own them in name, but effectively we lease them. As Jane documents, the slide toward more and more attenuated concepts of ownership continues."
books  publishing  economics  ownership  intellectual-property  copyright  value  values  information 
february 2011 by tsuomela
Lib-Value |
"Faced with difficult economic times and university budget cuts, the value of the library to the wider goals of the university is increasingly questioned. Return on investment (ROI) measures are a concrete means of demonstrating to institution administrators and public audiences the vital role academic libraries hold within both their respective communities and on a global scale. While libraries have traditionally been rather modest about broadcasting their own worth, today they must learn to make clear the often unrecognized ways in which they contribute to institutional success. This demonstration of value is exactly what Lib-Value, an IMLS-funded grant project, aims to empower."
libraries  library  value  values  roi  research  school(UTenn)  economics 
february 2011 by tsuomela
The Problem of the Humanities : Uncertain Principles
We should fund the study of science and of the humanities because we have the resources to do so. We're not some edge-of-starvation subsistence farming civilization. We don't need every able-bodied adult human on the planet to be engaged in the single-minded pursuit of food and shelter. We can do better than that.

And we should study those things because we want to. You don't study particle physics because you want to get rich, you study it because you find it an interesting puzzle. And you don't read Dostoyevsky because you think that years down the line you will score huge rhetorical points by busting out The Brothers Karamazov, you read it because you find it interesting. If you don't find it interesting, you read something else. There is more great literature out there than any one person could read in a lifetime spent doing nothing but reading great literature.
humanities  future  justification  worth  science  value 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Daphne R. Raban - homepage
My Research Interests are:
* The subjective value of information
* Economics of information goods
* Information markets (fee-based, free, social, public goods, prediction, aggregation)
* Information business models
* Voluntary payments for information
* Motivations for information sharing
* Information overload
people  research  information-economics  value  information  information-science  school(UHaifa)  country(Israel)  org(ASIST) 
september 2010 by tsuomela
Nieman Reports | There’s More to Being a Journalist Than Hitting the ‘Publish’ Button
What these honest questions don’t take into account is that a professional journalist isn’t just someone who has access to the newswires, or at least it shouldn’t be. A professional newsperson is someone who is not only trained to pursue a story and deconstruct propaganda, but someone who has been paid to spend the time and energy required to do so effectively. Corporations and governments alike spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year on their public relations and communications strategies. They hire professionals to tell or, more often, obfuscate their stories. Without a crew of equally qualified—if not equally funded—professionals to analyze and challenge these agencies’ fictions, we are defenseless against them.
journalism  media  future  value  amateur 
july 2010 by tsuomela
The Epistemology of Elitism - PostClassic
Lists some of the virtues of music/art: innovation, craftsmanship, emotional truth, sensuousness, clarity, simplicity, intellectualism, memorability, physicality, theoretical rigor... Annotated link
music  experience  philosophy  aesthetics  value  judgment  virtue  elitism 
august 2009 by tsuomela
PEA Soup: Too many distinctions in value
Perhaps three isn't too many, but it does feel unwieldy. Nevertheless, it seems to me these are all different distinctions in value, even though many people write as if they are the same:

1. Extrinsic-intrinsic
2. Conditional-unconditional
3. Priceable-priceless
value  philosophy  extrinsic  intrinsic  pricing 
june 2009 by tsuomela
News: 'Higher Learning, Greater Good' - Inside Higher Ed
In Higher Learning, Greater Good: The Private and Social Benefits of Higher Education (Johns Hopkins University Press), Walter W. McMahon attempts to redefine how these benefits are measured and viewed.
education  college  value  academic 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: Irrelevant rationality
However - and here Bunting is right and the new atheists mistaken - irrationality is a ubiquitous and in some ways desirable aspect of life.
religion  atheism  faith  action  activism  rationality  irrationality  value  philosophy 
april 2009 by tsuomela
The Happy Planet Index
The Happy Planet Index is an innovative new measure that shows the ecological efficiency with which human well-being is delivered.
economics  well-being  environment  lifespan  lifestyle  happiness  index  value 
february 2009 by tsuomela
The Online Photographer: The Trough of No Value
The problem is that many kinds of objects go through a period in their potential lifespans when they don't "pencil out"—they're not worth keeping or preserving because they're not worth any money.
archive  value  time  history  personal  temporal 
february 2009 by tsuomela
digital digs: education, reform, and assessment
As I stated at the outset, the problems are ideological. Culturally we don't value education
education  ideology  attitude  culture  intelligence  value  reform  change 
december 2008 by tsuomela
Full Employment Theory of Value « Praxis
The actual commodities labour produced were incidental – as Keynes vividly illustrates with his great example of burying bank-notes down coal mines, and then digging them up again....economic activity works to produce not commodities, but wage-labour.
economics  people-keynes  labor  work  value  via:roughtheory 
march 2008 by tsuomela

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