Hey! My friend's awesome edited volume on Pokémon Go is going to be available at the end of the month! Maybe suggest that your university library should order it if you're interested in STS, gaming studies, Japanese studies, or new media?

*grabby hands*

surveillance, big tech companies Show more

If statistics taught me anything, it's that I'm fairly average at pretty much everything. And so is most everyone else.

stages of literature review:

1. I am a brilliant genius whose originality is beyond compare
2. [searches google scholar]
3. oh no
4. oh god no
5. like fifty people have done this exact thing
6. [actually reads some of the papers]
7. wait these are all related but not exactly the same thing
8. also some of them are not very good
9. oh this one is actually really helpful!
10. I am a brilliant, gracious genius whose originality is beyond compare

Podcast on surveillance capitalism Show more

Academic spam Show more

following, instances Show more

research talk, music Show more

Quit using Mendeley people!

They started encrypting your database so you cannot easily move it over to other tools any more.


That link also helps you saving your data before it's too late.

(Elsevier are a bunch of crooks, blocking interoperability one-way and not the other. Almost as bad as Google blocking uBlock for your safety...)

Hey, academics, want more journals to be open access? Step 1: Refuse to referee for closed access journals.

reviewing, negative Show more

"Oh, you want any of the conveniences of modern smartphones? Cool, choose which of two global megacorps get access to all your most personal info."

We live in the worst cyberpunk future.

big publisher, journal access Show more

amazon, echo, ai Show more

programming whatever Show more

amazon, echo, ai Show more

As if you needed any more impetuous to migrate away from ELS products...Mendeley encrypts users' database after Zotero provides an importer: zotero.org/support/kb/mendeley

> Mendeley 1.19 and later have begun encrypting the local database, making it unreadable by Zotero and other standard database tools. Elsevier made this change a few months after Zotero publicly announced work on an importer

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Scholar Social

Federated microblogging for academics

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"An academic microblog that you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to @socrates@scholar.social and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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