28 October 2008

Bibliographies

A very interesting bibliography, commissioned by LiveJournal, is published online by Alice Marwick. Whereas a number of articles refer specifically to LiveJournal, most of them are interesting reading for blogging in general. It can of course be used in conjunction with danah boyd's bibliography of research on social network sites in order to get a a broader picture of youth online and their various practices.

13 October 2008

How many euro in a trillion???

Counting in millions, billions and trillions is not easy for one who still can't recite her time tables. Add in some translation and cultural differences, and it becomes impossible. I never knew a French trillion had nothing to do with an English or American trillion. I never had to worry about it before either, but it seems that if the Americans lose a trillion, they lose a thousand billions, but if the French were to lose a trillion, they would lose a billion billions. All I can think about is Scrooge McDuck diving into his money...

06 October 2008

Surveying the surveys

The best, most informative and relevant survey has just been posted on Language Log. It is well worth copying and pasting:


Do you believe the world has gone survey mad and that nearly all surveys done are a gigantic waste of time? __ strongly agree
__ sort of agree
__ utterly undecided
__ hardly care
__ sort of disagree
__ strongly disagree
Do you think surveys asking for people's opinions about the way things are, rather than verifiable things they have done, are an even more extreme form of stupidity, resulting in nonsense like "43% of employees believe managers may be snooping on them" being passed off as news or even social science? __ strongly agree
__ sort of agree
__ utterly undecided
__ hardly care
__ sort of disagree
__ strongly disagree

Does it sometimes occur to you to just refuse to do any more surveys until the morons who make them up show some signs of getting their act together? __ strongly agree
__ sort of agree
__ utterly undecided
__ hardly care
__ sort of disagree
__ strongly disagree
Do you sometimes suspect certain surveys of having commercial motivations that are not fully disclosed until later? __ strongly agree
__ sort of agree
__ utterly undecided
__ hardly care
__ sort of disagree
__ strongly disagree
Is your home fully carpeted throughout with high-quality fitted carpets that you would not want to replace even if one of Language Log's commercial partners was able to offer you an extremely good-value product? __ strongly agree
__ sort of agree
__ utterly undecided
__ hardly care
__ sort of disagree
__ strongly disagree
What do you believe are the reasons why the form of the question sometimes has no discernible relation to the selection of possible answers the format provides, when even the most elementary linguistic consideration would immediately highlight the incompatibility? __ strongly agree
__ sort of agree
__ utterly undecided
__ hardly care
__ sort of disagree
__ strongly disagree