Category Archives: Social Media

Next Meeting: March 22, Video and Discussion

Saturday, March 22, 2014, 1-3PM
Rutland Free Library, Fox Room (upstairs)
10 Court Street, Rutland, VT

We will show a video presentation by author Douglas Rushkoff, followed by a discussion.  The presentation is based on Rushkoff’s book “Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age“.

I just finished reading this interesting book.  You don’t need to read his book beforehand (unless you want to).   Just come and enjoy the video.  But if you are interested, the book’s ISBN# is 978-1593764265 (152 pages).

Many of us use smartphones, tablet computers and laptops.  There is more to “computer literacy” than knowing which buttons to press, where to click, or an app’s features.  Mr. Rushkoff is not advocating that we all become computer programmers.  We certainly don’t need to be mechanics to drive a car.  Instead, Mr. Rushkoff makes the distinction between “driving the car” versus merely being a “passenger”.  That analogy can be applied to our use of technology.

Mr. Rushkoff also compares our advancements in technology to past inventions like the written word and the printing press.  He points out how the larger population seems to be one “version” behind in how we use and adapt these advancements.  In other words, we don’t always use them to their full potential.

Rushkoff’s final command and chapter title is “Program or Be Programmed”.  The word “command” (instead of Commandment), is a play on the word used by computer programmers, as in submitting commands to run our computers (as some of you did in the recent “Hour of Code” event).

All ages welcome.  Hope to see you on March 22nd.


PBS Frontline: Generation Like, with Douglas Rushkoff

Tonight on many PBS stations, the FRONTLINE documentary series will present, “Generation Like“, by Frontline correspondent and author David Rushkoff.

I am “almost” finished reading Rushkoff’s book “Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age” (one more chapter to go).  Douglas Rushkoff is an interesting writer and thinker.  He often explores how we use technology, and how we can sometimes be “used” by technology.

I am of a similar age of Mr. Rushkoff and learned BASIC programming around the time he started to learn programming.  Having traveled a similar journey, from the “command line” to the GUI (Graphical User Interface), I can often relate to Mr. Rushkoff’s insights.  I am looking forward to viewing this FRONTLINE documentary, and hope you are able to view it on cable TV or via streaming video.

Feel free to comment here if you have viewed the documentary.

Social Media Surgery event in Rutland, January 15th

I would like to pass along some information that I received from a volunteer organizer for Burlington NetSquared.  This org is hosting an event highlighting different ways in which tech is being used for social good in Vermont, with the goal of building networks between nonprofits and the tech community, and increasing the capacity of nonprofits to use social media and tech in their work.

Burlington NetSquared has been partnering with the Vermont Digital Economy Project to do a series of “Social Media Surgeries” for nonprofits around the state.  These are casual, drop-in workshops pairing nonprofits with “surgeons” (people who are knowledgeable about social media) for a couple of hours so they can ask questions about their Facebook page, Twitter, etc.

There will be a Social Media Surgery next Wednesday in Rutland.  The Burlington NetSquared group is looking for a few “surgeons” for this event.  If you are interested, please consider attending.  If you know someone who might be interested, please pass along this information.

Rutland – Social Media Surgery
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 – 5:00-7:00 PM
College of Saint Josephs, Rutland, VT

Here is more information about this event from VT Small Business Development Center calendar.