Whispers and Warnings for 04/28/17

Whispers and Warnings for 04/28/17

We predicted this would happen!
‘Screen fatigue’ sees UK ebook sales plunge 17% as readers return to print
“Consumer sales down to £204m last year and are at lowest level since 2011 – when Amazon Kindle sales first took off in UK…”

If THIS is not an attack on free speech, what is??
Oregon Man Fined $500 for ‘Unlawful’ Study That Found Yellow Stoplights Are Too Short
“According to the Board, Järlström had no right to criticize the length of yellow lights and talk about his ideas with ‘members of the public’ because he’s not an Oregon-licensed engineer. The man was also told to stop referring himself using the word “engineer”, despite having a degree in electrical engineering from Sweden.”

It’s important to have all the facts!
Chobani yogurt company sues conspiracy theorist and InfoWars host Alex Jones for alleged defamation
“At issue in the suit filed Monday is a video published on Jones’ InfoWars website and social media accounts earlier this month in which two InfoWars staffers discuss the publicity that Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya received for hiring refugees at his plant in Twin Falls, Idaho, and the separate case of three refugee youth who pleaded guilty in the assault of a 5-year-old girl in the same city.”

Sadly, there is demand for plagiarism tactics in the academic world.
A troubling new way to evade plagiarism detection software. (And how to tell if it’s been used.)
“For an assignment, the student had taken wording from a journal article and run it through a free online tool that automatically paraphrases text, so it evades plagiarism detection software.”



One Response to "Whispers and Warnings for 04/28/17"

  1. Wendy L Jones  April 29, 2017 at 12:24 am

    The article, “‘Screen fatigue’ sees UK ebook sales plunge 17% as readers return to …” does not come as a surprise.

    As someone who does a lot of business air travel, you would think that people would want to pack an E-reader to save space and increase their book selection. Not so from what I regularly see — certainly not on any domestic flight.

    On overseas flights, I have seen a few of these E-devices in use. However, a paperback (or hardcover) is the overriding choice, in the laps of travelers, in both First class and Economy. This is neither space-saving nor is it light (in the case of hardcover books), which begs the question ‘why’? Perhaps it’s because we creatures are more use to a physical sheet of paper in our hands — that is certainly what a colleague told me. She prefers to check work after it is physically printed.
    For some unknown reason, it is easier to miss things (errors, etc…) on the screen, but harder to miss them when the page is in your hand (…go figure).

    What does the above have to do with anything?
    If people are absolutely willing to choose a ‘bulkier’ option in a situation where a lighter, more compact and space-saving, one would be logical, that is also telling you something about reading preference in a leisure environment.

    We (in this generation) aren’t use to virtual books as ‘the norm’ yet. We tolerate some virtual books because most of us are computer-friendly, but we still want to set limits on being plugged-in. And an E-book still feels like we are ‘in the office’.

    I do believe within the next 200 years, the E-book is going to occupy a firm hold on as much as 33% of the reading crowd — the other 66% are still going to be sitting down with a physical copy in their hands.

    Oh…and that missing 1% — they’re watching the latest holographic version of the book.