The FCC’s Open Internet Rules (net neutrality rules) are extremely important to me. I urge you to protect them- and I do so because they affect me, like millions of other Americans. Continue reading “An Open Letter about Net Neutrality”
There is a common misconception that I’ve encountered from no less than 6 people in the last few weeks. That misconception, unfortunately, is that sourcing your work provides indisputable evidence that your belief is true or correct. Equally as unfortunate as the fact that such an idea exists in the first place, is the fact that sourcing your work does not work in such a manner. Continue reading “Stepping Up: Sourcing Your Work- and the Purpose of doing so”
A post recently came across my dash asking some common questions that we all probably as ourselves when dealing with the challenge of discourse: To respond, or not to respond. Continue reading “Stepping Up: On Discourse and Responding to Others”
Knowledge, Wisdom, Experience, Understanding, and Intelligence are funny words- meaning that we tend to think that they all mean the same thing. That conflation is often harmful to us, however, and that detrimental effect occurs when one of these attributes is questioned. In these cases, because of that conflation we often assume that it is an attack on our intelligence as a whole, not realizing that they are all different things entirely.
A mild acquaintance of mine was complaining that no one ever reads the rules for the groups they join and she cannot understand why. Unfortunately she has chosen to blame it on Facebook and has taken to saying that Facebook and other Social Media (etc) platforms enable this sort of behavior. She also, apparently, blames Wikipedia “for people being lazy as far as research goes” and holds onto a hyper romanticized ideal of the worth of Libraries. Continue reading “Stepping Up: Technology, Books, and Laziness”
When compiling your data and coming to your final conclusion about what you’ve learned, always utilize Critical thinking and analysis skills. Most of this is pretty common sense, but in case you need a list, here’s a pretty extensive one. Continue reading “Stepping Up: Critical Reading During Research”
No one likes to be told that they are wrong. Yet the fact of the matter is that we’re not all right all the time. A large part of growing up and maturing is recognizing this- as well as recognizing that it’s ok to be incorrect sometimes. Another large part of that process is learning how to handle being told we are wrong, and there are right ways to handle it and (of course) wrong ways to handle it. Continue reading “Stepping Up: What to (and not to) Do When Someone Tells You that You Are Wrong”
One of the bare basic fundamentals of any practice is- or at least should be- proper research. Unfortunately, few people know what “proper research” actually entails. Continue reading “Stepping Up: Proper Research Methodology”