Wednesday, 26 February 2014

That's the wrong word!

I have just started reading "It's Complicated" by Danah Boyd. You can download a copy of the book as a pdf from her website. Its about teen use of social media.

But so far I have reached page 7 of the introduction and I am already grinding my teeth


"Social network sites downplayed the importance of interests and made friendship the organizing tenant of the genre"

No, a tenant is someone who occupies a rented property. Danah meant tenet "A principle or belief"

On the same page

"Rather than being seen as a subcultural practice, participating in social media became normative"



I think she probably means "normal" - rather than "Of, relating to, or prescribing a norm or standard" After who exactly might be imposing this standard? Or is she talking about peer pressure?


Once an author has made one error of this kind - which we all do, I admit - it becomes hard not to look for more.










Apple issues Mac OS X fix for security flaw



Apple has released a security update for OSX to address the Security Sockets Layer issue.

While out and about yesterday I was quite surprised by the number of people I saw using MacBooks in coffee shops as though this vulnerability was of no concern - or possibly unknown to them. More information from CBC 

Get the Software Update from the drop down menu under the Apple logo  at the top left hand corner of your screen. You will need to restart and the process takes about 20 minutes in all