Showing posts with label online living. Show all posts
Showing posts with label online living. Show all posts

The #IceBucketChallege, Activism and Spotlights

So by now, many of us have heard about the #IceBucketChallenge for ALS.  A good amount of us have participated in it and still others have written and reported upon it.  This has been an interesting campaign that has been highly success for the ALS Association in raising awareness of the illness and what the organization does.  I was recently tagged and performed my own #IceBucketChallenge with my fiance since we were both challenged by her brother.  Of course, we followed through with a donation (above the $10 mark for each of us) and we nominated others to meet the challenge and to donate.  Here is our video:

There are plenty of people doing it but there are also lots of questions and concerns being raised about it as can be seen from the Twitter stream:

And of course, it was interesting to see how some people have tried to build upon the success of ALS and encourage support for their own causes such as the #SunBlockChallenge from BexxFine who does fundraising for the Melanoma Education Foundation.  

ALS in the Spotlight

We were nominated on Tuesday and planned to do it on Wednesday (you have 24 hours to accomplish it).  But between Tuesday's nomination and Wednesday's execution, I read a post by a friend on Facebook that got me to thinking differently about the whole thing.

The debate about whether the ALS #IceBucketChallenge is actual activism or slactivism has created lots of writing and reflecting.  There are plenty of examples online wherein the people performing it get it all wrong, fail to mention ALS in their video, fail to donate, or fail to make themselves more aware of what ALS is and the whole reason for the #IceBucketChallenge.  This criticism of the viral movement can be understood and has clear similarities to the Kony2012 viral movement.  Of course, there are differences here too.  Each action (whether you go for the bucket or forgo it) should entail a donation to ALSA and they have reported a significant increase in donations compared to the previous year (currently, well pass double the amount from last year).  While some still argue that more time and money are being wasted, I think that's questionable at best.  Giving and receiving donations are tricky things and there has to be some stickiness to encourage people to do it.  In this case, that people are "nominated" or tagged to do it, that there's some entertainment, and some pressure (24 hours) generates a more rewarding and engaging experience and that's important for both the people donating and the organization.  We have this ideal conception of all giving being this altruistic approach with nothing to be gained from the giver but the reward of giving.  And while there are kernels of truth in this, we also live in a system (capitalism) that repeatedly tells us that this is not the way to operate and therefore, we often need more than just that good-feeling to motivate us to act charitable.  Coupled with this, of course, is the fact that so many different causes pull at our heart-strings, it's hard to decide which ones to pick.  

And Then Robin Williams Changed The Game

The post that my friend posted, struck a chord--not just in me--but in many of his friends as well.  In the post, he raised the question about where we should shine spotlights and while ALS is important, it's sometimes hard to recognize the attention that it is getting and how the discussion around mental health and suicide is much trickier to deal or as easily rally people around.  

Image: Robin Williams.  Source: Robin Williams--a man that made so many people laugh and smile--a man whose movies so often found the inner hope within all of us--should commit suicide is a bit heart-wrenching.  It also reminds of that depression and depression-associated suicide is an equally real and tragic experience for everyone around.  In that, there's a horribly democratic element to depression that can also make it harder to talk about or create a rallying movement around.  After all, if it affects 1/5 of the population, it can be hard to feel like there is much that can be done.  It's also a sinister thing, depression.  It can lie in the shadows waiting to strike hard directly or suffer the person a thousand little cuts. I have another friend who posted the following about depression while writing this post that I thought in many ways got to the center of the challenge.  

Eryk Nielsen - Thoughts on Depression Part 1
Eryk Nielsen - Thoughts on Depression Part 2

Now for regular readers of this blog (all 2 of you), I've mentioned before about the trials and challenges I've had with depression and suicide attempts.  In reading about Robin Williams' cause of death, I took it a bit harder than I would have were it another celebrity in part because Williams was such a centerpiece of entertainment growing up, but also because his roles and messages carried  much meaning for me and were often uplifting.  One of my favorite movies of his and one that had a lot of impact on me while I struggled out of my depression and suicidal tendencies was What Dreams May Come.  It was a film that gave me another way of thinking about death and helped me think differently about a lot of things related to depression and suicide.

My friends both connected ideas that were circling in my head and many others out there who were reconciling their experiences or experiences of people they cared about.  Like Neil, I don't mean to belittle the #IceBucketChallenge but would like to acknowledge the importance of mental illness and the ways it impacts many of us directly and indirectly.  To that end, in addition to donating to the ALSA, I also decided to make a donation to National Association of Mental Illness to help find ways of helping others who find themselves unwell and unable to help themselves.  I would encourage you to donate as well if you have felt the impact of mental illness in your life.  

But more than donating, I would encourage you to reach out not just to people who you know have mental illness but just to everyone in your circle.  I think one of the biggest challenges around depression, suicide and the like is that it often goes unnoticed.  It is often an invisible illness.  I know in my own history, it was cryptic at best.  I left clues, but at the same time, they were clear clues to me because I knew what I was experiencing, whereas to others, they had little context to understand how that one comment or action was part of a larger pattern--part of a bigger call for help. That is all to say that I have no doubt we all have people who are suffering in some capacity and a friend reaching out to them could be just the something needed to help them out.  Finding ways of supporting people we care about in our life is probably the best thing we can do in the wake of Robin Williams' death.

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How To Be a Good Friend on Social Media Part 2 (or 2)

So if the first part of this series was about things you can do, these recommendations can best be understood as caveats and considerations about how you use social media with friends.

Assume Everything You Say Is or Can Be Public

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There are a variety of safety settings on many social media platforms.  But just assume that it can all somehow, planned or unplanned, become made public.  Assume what you post to your wall, to other people's walls, and even in "private messages" is as likely to remain private as it is to end up on the cover of Time.  Just plan for that and post accordingly.  That means you probably don't want to bash your work, your friends, your enemies, your in-laws or any other person or persons that you're at odds with unless you're prepared for potential exposure and confrontation.  

Think Before Posting

This is of course connected with the previous post but it's worth repeating.  The average person that is one social media has between 100 and 200 connections on their network.  That's a lot of individuals to keep in mind when you are posting.  However, that means you should take a moment to think before posting.  It's easy to take a shot at a particular group of people, business, political viewpoint, etc.  We do it all the time, but it's worth taking a moment and asking yourself if there is a better way of presenting it or expressing your frustrations without targeting, generalizing, or misrepresenting a group of people.  

You May Know Your Friend, But You Don't Know Your Friend's Friends

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This follows along the lines of the previous two but it's worth more directly thinking about.  You have a sense of who you are connected with but not necessarily who your friends are connected with.  When interacting with your friends via social media, remember that there is a chance their friends are likely to see the conversation (particularly if it occurs on your friend's wall instead of yours).  Recognize that they have a variety of different views that are as likely to be similar as they are different.  Be respectful as you engage with them as you don't fully know where they are coming from.  Have dialogue but avoid getting nasty with them no matter what happens.  Be civil and don't assume that whatever happens between the two of you will be considered "OK" by your mutual friend.  

Write Longer Posts in Outside of the Post Box

I can often get into debates with people online.  I rather enjoy this in terms of the different ideas and thoughts that are presented.  However, if I'm typing longer posts--ones that are more than 1-2 sentences, then I'm likely to move to a different platform than the textbox provided.  This helps with a few things.  It helps me see everything that I am writing, rather than having to scroll up and down the tiny box.  It also helps me spell and grammar check--after all, if I'm trying to make an important point and my spelling and grammar are all over the place, my thoughts will be taken less seriously by some.  Also, depending on the textbox's protocols, I don't want to hit "Enter" (which i'm trained to do automatically) to start a new paragraph and all of a sudden, find that it has been submitted.  Last, but not least, is that by writing it in another environment gives me pause.  There's one extra step I have to do before posting it and this is important.  It helps me think about if I really want to post it.  This has led me on a number of occasions to delete it instead and choose not to engage in the debate.  Altogether, it allows me to better and more respectfully engage in discussion with people on my social networks.  

Strategically Correct/Critique

So this one is one of the trickiest in the lot.  I'm going to recommend what is probably the most civil thing to do, but then I'm also going to talk about what I do and why.  The most civil thing to when you find something that someone has posted is wrong, has mistakes in it, or is personally offensive for some reason is to contact that person privately and respectfully explain your concerns.  You will need to recognize and accept that sharing your opinion won't necessarily change the post but you will have clearly acknowledged your concerns.  The goal is to inform and explain your position if you find it offensive or to clarify how or why the post might be inaccurate if there is misinformation on it.  

However, that's where I deviate from my advice.  My approach (and I have lost Facebook connections because of this mind you and am ok with that) is that I'm likely to speak up on a person's wall when I find something offensive or factually inaccurate.  I do this because I'm personally a firm believer of dialogue.  When I find something that is offensive or disagreeable, I move into the conversation, not by attacking the other person (usually) but by critically considering what has been posted and commenting as such.  It's something I do regularly.  

If You Have to Block, Then You Should Boot

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This more firmly applies to connection-based (where both people agree to be connected) than follow-based social media (where agreement to follow is singularly made and not mutual).  I'm a firm believer that if you have to block someone's posts, then you should not be connected to them on social media.  My reasoning for this is that if you are connected to someone on a social network, you're making a public endorsement and that is a mutually beneficial statement.  Each person says, "I publicly recognize this person as friend-worthy."  In such instances, if you are choosing to block the person's posts while still being connected them, then you are still benefiting from the connection while silencing the person.  That feels problematic to me and disingenuous.  If you cannot tolerate what someone is saying or doing on their social media, then maybe, you shouldn't be connected to them.  At this point, someone will usually say, "yeah but I see this person regularly and it would be awkward if I de-friended the person."  Absolutely.  But that means it's time to have adult conversations about your friendship or their questionable social media posts.  

What is some advice you would offer for better social media exchanges with friends, families, and colleagues?

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How To Be a Good Friend on Social Media Part 1 (or 2)

Social media has changed some of the ways we interact with friends and family for good or for bad.  This new space of engagement changes much of how we interact and to what degree we see our friends' larger picture.  We no longer see friends in as limited lens as we might have before but have a larger context of other friends, acquaintances, and family.  Because of the nature of these environments, it's as likely for one person to having meaningful dialogue with their friend on social media as it is one of their friends' friend whom the person has never met.  It means many of us are trying to navigate unclear waters and I thought post might help people better understand how to renegotiate friendship online.  

They are a mixture of Do's and Don'ts to help navigate this tricky new space that many of us find ourselves in.  We're often good at figuring out what to do in the face-to-face environment, but online isn't always as clear as it would seem.  

Identify What Your Social Media Approach Is

This sounds weird, but it's a useful personal exercise and one that can help you decide what it is that you are using these platforms for.  I have my take on social media and place it here on my blog.  It identifies why I use social media and what I want to get out of it.  I hear a lot of people who get frustrated or unclear about the purpose of social media or don't really think about using social media.  Giving yourself some time to clearly identify what it is that you want to get out of social media can help you better decide how you want to interact on social media.  Are you using it solely for finding different information via your social networks or are you looking to use it as a way of interacting with friends when unable to meet face-to-face?  Do you want to engage in debate or just relax in this space?  Determining what you want to do helps you determine where to focus your attention.    

Congratulate in Public

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Give friends credit!  Thank them for doing things for you or with you, on their achievements, and just for being awesome people.  You'd be surprised how a simple comment can light up a person's day and doing so on social media means it's public.  That can be a great way to provide a bit of cheer and excitement for someone since by thanking them, you're also bringing attention to them in both of your social networks.  Remember that this also extends to businesses, organizations, public figures, etc.  

Promote and Share Statuses and Links (Give Credit)

As you come across great content that you find through your networks be sure to give credit.  You may find a link on Twitter but repost it on Facebook.  If that is the case, be sure to tag or acknowledge who helped you find the source. Being acknowledged for contributions to our friends and connections experiences is in part a major piece of what drives social media--knowing that what we share, has an impact.  

Help Promote Social Media Efforts and Campaigns by Friends

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I think this is an important and underused element of being a good friend on social media.  Many of us want to support and help people in our networks.  If we are taking the time to post some cause that a friend is pushing for, the hope is that our friends will if not directly contribute to it, then help out by sharing it onward.  When we advocate or promote on their behalf, we help them in ways that are still useful.  Many of us have hundreds (if not more) of people in our social network.  When we share someone else's post for support, aid, etc, we're leveraging our network to help spread their message and potentially expanding the reach exponentially..  That's valuable and powerful for helping out friends.  

Tag With Relevance

Whether tagging in these environments be sure to tag people that are relevant to content of the post.  To follow up on the previous recommendation (Congratulate in Public), when talking about companies, organizations, etc., be sure to tag them as well.  I do my best to include tags when trying to say something good or even critical (more about that below) of a public entity.  Regardless, don't tag unless there's clear reason for it.  Also, be aware as best as possible of your friends and family members' preferences for tagging.  Don't tag people who don't want to be tagged.

Like Statuses That Are Meant to Be Liked 

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Or as I like to put it, "Don't like RIP statuses."  It's clear that some statuses are meant to indicate positive messages.  "I got a great new job!!!".  Perfect--like that a bajillion times.  But more vague messages, you'll want to stay clear from liking.  "I lost my job, today."  Use your words for these types of status.  "I'm sorry to here."  "Can I help?".  Liking such statuses can be confusing for the person who posted and it's even unclear to the people doing the liking.  Because usually the words used for positive credit are words or icons representing liking, hearting, or favoriting, to like questionable updates sends a mix message even though you are sometimes just trying to show support.  

This is the first half.  The second half will be posted next week.  What is some of the advice you offer for better social media exchanges with friends?

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Recommendations on Social Media Books

I do a lot of reading as we all know and I'm quite interested in social media and its relevance to modern society.  I regularly get asked for recommendations for books to help get a grasp on social media.  I often find it hard to recommend just one book.  It's like asking who is your favorite pet or child.  Well, here is my list of books on social media that I've read and found useful.  It's a list of books I both like (Jeff Jarvis, I'm looking at you) and dislike (Nicholas Carr, this one's for you), but all of which are relevant in the discussion.  This list was composed in November, 2013.  I anticipate that I will need to update it again in another year as I continue to devour books on the subject.  All that being said, if there's any that strike your fancy, that you've read, or that you're interested in knowing more about, don't hesitate to let me know.

The cumulative knowledge that I have culled from reading all of these has been that social media may be a new format of interaction for us but is not entirely in terms of how we excahnge and have dialogue among humans.  There is ample meaningless communications that go on day-to-day ("Hi, how are you?") and there's also deep and profound communications that occur.  Social media is no different--except that unlike ever before, it can be captured and quantified.  So while some may think Twitter is a sign of the end-times and full of irrelevant material, they miss how much of our day-to-day is full of irrelevance and meaningless banter ("It's a nice day.").    And like many things in our culture, it's easy to point to simplicity (ignorant tweets) than to point to complexity (because that requires context and nuance).  But there is more value to be gained than problems when as we move into social media.

Recommended Books for Social Media

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  • Anderson, Chris. Free: The Future of a Radical Price. New York: Hyperion, 2009. Print.
  • Anderson, Chris. The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More. New York: Hyperion, 2006. Print.
  • Anderson, Chris. Makers: The New Industrial Revolution. New York: Crown Business, 2012. Print.
  • Andrews, Lori B. I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy. New York: Free Press, 2012. Print.
  • Ariely, Dan. The (honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone-Especially Ourselves. , 2012. Print.
  • Bauerlein, Mark. The Digital Divide: Arguments for and against Facebook, Google, Texting, and the Age of Social Networking. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2011. Print.
  • Berger, Jonah. Contagious: Why Things Catch on. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2013. Print.
  • Bilton, Nick. I Live in the Future and Here's How It Works: Why Your World, Work, and Brain Are Being Creatively Disrupted. New York: Crown Business, 2010. Print.
  • Blascovich, Jim, and Jeremy Bailenson. Infinite Reality: Avatars, Eternal Life, New Worlds, and the Dawn of the Virtual Revolution. New York: William Morrow, 2011. Print.
  • Botsman, Rachel, and Roo Rogers. What's Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption. New York: Harper Business, 2010. Print.
  • Boyle, James. The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind. New Haven, Conn: Yale University Press, 2008. Print.
  • Brown, Brené. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. Center City, Minn: Hazelden, 2010. Print.
  • Carr, Nicholas G. The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print.
  • Chatfield, Tom. 50 Digital Ideas: You Really Need to Know. London: Quercus, 2011. Print.
  • Chatfield, Tom. Fun Inc: Why Games Are the 21st Century's Most Serious Business. London: Virgin, 2010. Print.
  • Chatfield, Tom. How to Thrive in the Digital Age. London: Macmillan, 2012. Print.
  • Christakis, Nicholas A, and James H. Fowler. Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives. New York: Little, Brown and Co, 2009. Print.
  • Crawford, Matthew B. Shop Class As Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work. New York: Penguin Press, 2009. Print.
  • Diaz-Ortiz, Claire. Twitter for Good: Change the World One Tweet at a Time. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2011. Print.
  • Duhigg, Charles. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. New York: Random House, 2012. Print.
  • Matthew, and Soumitra Dutta. Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom: How Online Social Networking Will Transform Your Life, Work and World. Chichester, England: Wiley, 2008. Internet resource.
  • Forni, Pier M. Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2002. Print. Fraser,
  • Gottschall, Jonathan. The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012. Print.
  • Hadnagy, Christopher. Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking. Indianapolis, IN: Wiley, 2011. Print.
  • Holiday, Ryan. Trust Me I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator. New York: Portfolio, 2012. Print.
  • Howe, Jeff. Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business. New York: Crown Business, 2008. Print.
  • Jarvis, Jeff. Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2011. Print.
  • Johnson, Steven. Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter. New York: Riverhead Books, 2005. Print.
  • Johnson, Steven. Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age. New York: Riverhead Books, 2012. Print.
  • Lanier, Jaron. You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010. Print.
  • Levine, Robert. Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back. New York: Doubleday, 2011. Print.
  • Li, Charlene. Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010. Print.
  • McRaney, David. You Are Now Less Dumb: How to Conquer Mob Mentality, How to Buy Happiness, and All the Other Ways to Outsmart Yourself. , 2013. Print.
  • McGonigal, Jane. Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World. New York: Penguin Press, 2011. Print.
  • Mele, Nicco. The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath. , 2013. Print.
  • Mycoskie, Blake. Start Something That Matters. New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2011. Print.
  • Pariser, Eli. The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You. New York: Penguin Press, 2011. Print.
  • Partnoy, Frank. Wait: The Art and Science of Delay. New York: PublicAffairs, 2012. Print.
  • Postman, Neil. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. New York: Viking, 1985. Print.
  • Postman, Neil. Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology. New York: Knopf, 1992. Print.
  • Reese, Byron. Infinite Progress: How the Internet and Technology Will End Ignorance, Disease, Poverty, Hunger, and War. Austin, Tex: Greenleaf Book Group, 2013. Print.
  • Rifkin, Jeremy. The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Print.
  • Rushkoff, Douglas, and Leland Purvis. Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age. Berkeley, CA: Soft Skull Press, 2011. Print.
  • Rushkoff, Douglas. Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now. New York: Current, 2013. Print.
  • Shirky, Clay. Cognitive Surplus: How Technology Makes Consumers into Collaborators. New York: Penguin Books, 2011. Print.
  • Shirky, Clay. Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations. New York: Penguin Press, 2008. Print.
  • Sommers, Sam. Situations Matter: Understanding How Context Transforms Your World. New York: Riverhead Books, 2011. Print.
  • Steiner, Christopher. Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World. New York: Portfolio/Penguin, 2012. Print.
  • Sunstein, Cass R. Infotopia: How Many Minds Produce Knowledge. New York ;Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. Print.

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  • Tapscott, Don. Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation Is Changing Your World. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2009. Print.
  • Tavris, Carol, and Elliot Aronson. Mistakes Were Made (but Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts. Orlando, Fla: Harcourt, 2007. Print.
  • Thomas, Douglas, and John S. Brown. A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change. Lexington, Ky: CreateSpace?, 2011. Print.
  • Turkle, Sherry. Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other. New York: Basic Books, 2011. Print.
  • Waal, F B. M. The Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society. New York: Harmony Books, 2009. Print.
  • Wasik, Bill. And Then There's This: How Stories Live and Die in Viral Culture. New York: Viking, 2009. Print.
  • Weinberger, David. Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room. New York: Basic Books, 2011. Print.
  • Williams, Juan. Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate. New York: Crown Publishers, 2011. Print.

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Recent Blogpost on LETS Blog: The Digital Assignment

Here's a recent blog post I did for the NSCC LETS blog:

"When I look back even 5 years ago, I've seen a significant change in the ways in which faculty take assignments. I know faculty have been taking digital assignments as far back as the 1990s but it often seemed the exception whereas now it feels much more like the rule. We all remember the frantic whirlwind of getting an assignment to an instructor (often after waiting until the last minute to write it) by battling printers or lines at the printers, traffic, crowded hallways, etc just to get that paper in before the end of class, only to repeat this several times each semester.

While there are many benefits to taking online assignments (less chance of losing it, time stamps, environmentally friendly, less redundancy, etc), there are definitely some drawbacks and every person has their own method of doing it.  Below are some of the different methods of taking digital assignments that you may be using or considering using."

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Librivox Part 7: Random and Curious Free Audiobooks

This post will feature some of the more curious finds on Librivox that I've come across in this entire series.  Some of these are quite random while others are just finds that I rather like or find useful to look at.  So has anyone been following this entire series?  What post did you enjoy the most or find most useful?  Let me know down below in the comments section.  If you have enjoyed or plan to enjoy any of Librivox, I highly encourage you to DONATE.  Like Wikipedia, it is a site largely run by volunteers and is a nonprofit.  We all substantially benefit from both which is why I regularly donate to both.  Please consider donating!  If this is the first one you're turning into in this series, check out my previous posts in this series.   Previous posts in this series include:

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Ragged Dick - Horatio ALGER, JR. (1832 - 1899)

Nibelungenlied - ANONYMOUS ( - )

Culture and Anarchy - Matthew ARNOLD (1822 - 1888)

The Autobiography of Methuselah - John Kendrick BANGS (1862 - 1922)

The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova Vol. 1 - Giacomo CASANOVA (1725 - 1798)

The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova Vol. 2 - Giacomo CASANOVA (1725 - 1798)

Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume One - Havelock ELLIS (1859 - 1939)

Herland - Charlotte Perkins GILMAN (1860 - 1935)

Havelock Ellis
Early Sex Pioneer
Erotica Romana - Johann Wolfgang von GOETHE (1749 - 1832)

Anatomy of the Human Body, Part 1 (Gray's Anatomy) - Henry GRAY (1827 - 1861)

Anatomy of the Human Body, Part 2 (Gray's Anatomy) - Henry GRAY (1827 - 1861)

Anatomy of the Human Body, Part 3 (Gray's Anatomy) - Henry GRAY (1827 - 1861)

Anatomy of the Human Body, Part 4 (Gray's Anatomy) - Henry GRAY (1827 - 1861)

Anatomy of the Human Body, Part 5 (Gray's Anatomy) - Henry GRAY (1827 - 1861)

The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. - Washington IRVING (1783 - 1859)

The Sex Life of the Gods - Michael KNERR ( - -1999)

The Female Quixote Vol. 1 - Charlotte LENNOX (1730 - 1804) and Jean Eugène ROBERT-HOUDIN (1805 - 1871)
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Cheese Curd for Bait - James MCINTYRE (1828 - 1906)

The Elements of Geology - William Harmon NORTON (1856 - 1944)

Armageddon- 2419 A.D. - Philip Francis NOWLAN (1888 - 1940)

Venus in Furs - Leopold von SACHER-MASOCH (1836 - 1895)

The Art of Controversy (or: The Art of Being Right) - Arthur SCHOPENHAUER (1788 - 1860)

American Cookery - Amelia SIMMONS (1700 - 1800)

Sex - Henry STANTON (1805 - 1887)

The Bee-Man of Orn and Other Fanciful Tales - Frank R. STOCKTON (1834 - 1902)

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Librivox Part 6: Free Fantasy MP3 Audiobooks Galore

This is the second to last post in this series.  Originally, I was going to go with six parts, but I figured I would dedicate an entire post to the strange artifacts to be discovered on Librivox--so that will be the final post.  In the meantime, here's the second part of free fantasy audiobooks.  Previous posts in this series include:
Just a note about the links and categories.  Not all links will open up a new tab.  If you want to open a new table with a link, either press the "Control" button when clicking or right click and select the "Open in New Tab" option.  As for categories, I've tried best to put authors on the pages that I think they fit with regard to genre but many of these authors cross the genres of horror, science fiction, and fantasy (sometimes within the same story), so they are not as clear.  So your favorite horror author might end up in fantasy, but they should be found throughout.

Robert Howard
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  1. Howard, Robert E.. "Bear Creek Collection Volume 1" · (readers)
  2. Howard, Robert E.. "Bear Creek Collection Volume 2" · (readers)
  3. Howard, Robert E.. "Beyond the Black River" · (readers)
  4. Howard, Robert E.. "Devil in Iron, The" · (readers)
  5. Howard, Robert E.. "Hour of the Dragon, The" · (readers)
  6. Howard, Robert E.. "Jewels of Gwahlur" · (readers)
  7. Howard, Robert E.. "People of the Black Circle, The"· (readers)
  8. Howard, Robert E.. "Queen of the Black Coast - Conan" · (readers)
  9. Howard, Robert E.. "Red Nails" · (readers)
  10. Howard, Robert E.. "Red Shadows" · (readers)
  11. Howard, Robert E.. "Shadows in the Moonlight - Conan" · (readers)
  12. Howard, Robert E.. "Shadows in Zamboula - Conan"· (readers)
  13. Howard, Robert E.. "Witch Shall Be Born, A" · (readers)
  14. Howard, Robert E.. "Gods of the North" (in "Ghost Story Collection 006") · (readers)
  15. Howard, Robert E.. "Gods of the North" (in "Short Ghost and Horror Collection 016") · (readers)
  16. Howard, Robert E.. "Rattle of Bones" (in "Horror Story Collection 002") · (readers)
  17. Howard, Robert E.. "Rattle of bones" (in "Ghost Story Collection 006") · (readers)
  18. Howard, Robert E.. "Skulls in the Stars" (in "Ghost Story Collection 006") · (readers)
  19. Howard, Robert E.. "Skulls in the Stars, The" (in "Horror Story Collection 003") · (readers)
George MacDonald
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  1. MacDonald, George. "At the Back of the North Wind" · (readers)
  2. MacDonald, George. "Baby" · (readers)
  3. Macdonald, George. "Baby, The" (in "Short Poetry Collection 053") · (readers)
  4. MacDonald, George. "Cruel Painter, The" · (readers)
  5. MacDonald, George. "David Elginbrod" · (readers)
  6. MacDonald, George. "Day Boy and the Night Girl, The" · (readers)
  7. MacDonald, George. "Diary of an Old Soul" · (readers)
  8. [Multilingual] MacDonald, George. "English - Christmas 1873" (in "Christmas Short Works Collection 2008") · (readers)
  9. MacDonald, George. "Golden Key, The" (in "Short Story Collection Vol. 001") · (readers)
  10. MacDonald, George. "Gray Wolf, The" (in "Short Story Collection Vol. 003") · (readers)
  11. MacDonald, George. "Hope of the Gospel, The" · (readers)
  12. MacDonald, George. "Letter to American Boys" (in "Short Story Collection Vol. 008") · (readers)
  13. MacDonald, George. "Light Princess and Other Fairy Tales, The" · (readers)
  14. MacDonald, George. "Light Princess, The" · (readers)
  15. MacDonald, George. "Lilith" · (readers)
  16. MacDonald, George. "Little Diamond and the North Wind" (in "Through Fairy Halls of My Bookhouse") · (readers)
  17. MacDonald, George. "Little White Lily" (in "Poems Every Child Should Know") · (readers)
  18. MacDonald, George. "Lost Princess, The" · (readers)
  19. MacDonald, George. "Mary Marston" · (readers)
  20. MacDonald, George. "Miracles of Our Lord, The" · (readers)
  21. MacDonald, George. "Mother Nature (MacDonald)" · (readers)
  22. Macdonald, George. "Phantastes" · (readers)
  23. MacDonald, George. "Princess and Curdie, The" · (readers)
  24. Macdonald, George. "Princess and the Goblin, The" · (readers)
  25. MacDonald, George. "Princess and the Goblin, The (version 2)" · (readers)
  26. MacDonald, George. "Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood" · (readers)
  27. MacDonald, George. "Robert Falconer" · (readers)
  28. MacDonald, George. "Shadows, The" · (readers)
  29. MacDonald, George. "St. George and St. Michael, Volume 1" · (readers)
  30. MacDonald, George. "That Holy Thing" (in "Short Poetry Collection 088") · (readers)
  31. MacDonald, George. "Unspoken Sermons" · (readers)
  32. MacDonald, George. "Wind and the Moon, The" (in "Poems Every Child Should Know") · (readers)
  33. MacDonald, George. "Wise Woman, The" · (readers)
C.L. Moore
William Morris
  1. Morris, William. "Defence of Guenevere, The" (in "Arthurian Miscellany, An") · (readers)
  2. Morris, William. "Echoes of Love’s House" · (readers)
  3. Morris, William. "From the Upland to the Sea" (in "Short Poetry Collection 113") · (readers)
  4. Morris, William. "Hall and the Wood, The" (in "Short Poetry Collection 113") · (readers)
  5. Morris, William. "House of the Wolfings, The" · (readers)
  6. Morris, William. "Inscription for an Old Bed" · (readers)
  7. Morris, William. "Love is enough" · (readers)
  8. Morris, William. "Love Is Enough" (in "Wedding Poems") · (readers)
  9. Morris, William. "Near Avalon" (in "Short Poetry Collection 047") · (readers)
  10. Morris, William. "News From Nowhere" · (readers)
  11. Morris, William. "Signs of Change" · (readers)
  12. Morris, William. "Völsungasaga" · (readers)
  13. Morris, William. "Well at the World's End, The, Book 1: The Road unto Love" · (readers)
  14. Morris, William. "Wood Beyond the World, The" · (readers)
  15. Morrison, William. "Dead Man's Planet" (in "Short Science Fiction Collection 044") · (readers)
  16. Morrison, William. "Divinity" (in "Short Science Fiction Collection 021") · (readers)
Edith Nesbit
  1. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "All Round the Year" · (readers)
  2. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Baby Seed Song" (in "In the Nursery of My Bookhouse") · (readers)
  3. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare" · (readers)
  4. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Book of Dragons, The" · (readers)
  5. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Children's Shakespeare, The" · (readers)
  6. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Conscience Pudding, The" (in "Christmas Short Works Collection 2007") · (readers)
  7. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Enchanted Castle, The" · (readers)
  8. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Five Children and It" · (readers)
  9. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Five Children and It, Version 2" · (readers)
  10. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Five Senses, The" (in "LibriVox 5th Anniversary Collection Vol. 2") · (readers)
  11. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "For Dolly, who does not Learn her Lessons" · (readers)
  12. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Harding's Luck" · (readers)
  13. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "House of Arden, The" · (readers)
  14. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Literary Sense, The" · (readers)
  15. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Macbeth" (in "Children's Short Works, Vol. 016")· (readers)
  16. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Magic City, The" · (readers)
  17. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Magic World, The" · (readers)
  18. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Many Voices (selection from)" · (readers)
  19. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Measure for Measure" (in "Short Story Collection Vol. 019") · (readers)
  20. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "My School Days" · (readers)
  21. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "New Treasure Seekers" · (readers)
  22. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Nine Unlikely Tales" · (readers)
  23. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Phoenix and the Carpet, The" · (readers)
  24. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Pussy and Doggy Tales" · (readers)
  25. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Railway Children, The" · (readers)
  26. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Royal Children of English History" · (readers)
  27. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Story of the Treasure Seekers, The" · (readers)
  28. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Through the Wood" · (readers)
  29. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Too Clever by Half" (in "Coffee Break Collection 008 - Animals") · (readers)
  30. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Wings and the Child" · (readers)
  31. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Wonderful Garden, The" · (readers)
  32. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Wouldbegoods, Being the Further Adventures of the Treasure Seekers, The" · (readers)
  33. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Ebony Frame, The" (in "Ghost Story Collection 002") · (readers)
  34. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Man-size in Marble" (in "Ghost Story Collection 001") · (readers)
  35. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Mystery of the Semi-detached, The" (in "Ghost Story Collection 004") · (readers)
  36. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Uncle Abraham's Romance" (in "Short Ghost and Horror Collection 018") · (readers)
  37. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Uncle Abraham’s Romance" (in "Ghost Story Collection 001") · (readers)
Charles Perrault
  1. [French] Perrault, Charles. "À mademoiselle" (in "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités") · (readers)
  2. Perrault, Charles. "Blue Beard" (in "Junior Classics (vol 1), The") · (readers)
  3. [French] Perrault, Charles. "Cendrillon ou la petite pantoufle de verre" (in "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités")· (readers)
  4. Perrault, Charles. "Cinderella" (in "Up One Pair of Stairs of My Bookhouse") · (readers)
  5. [French] Perrault, Charles. "Contes en vers" · (readers)
  6. Perrault, Charles. "Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault, The" · (readers)
  7. [Multilingual] Perrault, Charles. "German - Der gestiefelte Kater" (in "Multilingual Fairy Tale Collection 001") · (readers)
  8. [French] Perrault, Charles. "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités" · (readers)
  9. [French] Perrault, Charles. "L'adroite princesse, 1ère partie" (in "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités") · (readers)
  10. [French] Perrault, Charles. "L'adroite princesse, 2ème partie" (in "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités") · (readers)
  11. [French] Perrault, Charles. "La barbe bleue" (in "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités") · (readers)
  12. [French] Perrault, Charles. "La belle au bois dormant" (in "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités") · (readers)
  13. [French] Perrault, Charles. "Le chat botté ou le maître chat" (in "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités") · (readers)
  14. [French] Perrault, Charles. "Le petit chaperon rouge" (in "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités") · (readers)
  15. [French] Perrault, Charles. "Le petit poucet" (in "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités") · (readers)
  16. [French] Perrault, Charles. "Les fées" (in "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités") · (readers)
  17. Perrault, Charles. "Little Red Riding-Hood" (in "Junior Classics (vol 1), The") · (readers)
  18. Perrault, Charles. "Master Cat, or Puss in Boots, The" (in "Kayray's Storytime") · (readers)
  19. Perrault, Charles. "Puss in Boots" (in "Junior Classics (vol 1), The") · (readers)
  20. [French] Perrault, Charles. "Riquet à la houpe" (in "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités") · (readers)
  21. Perrault, Charles. "Sleeping Beauty in the Wood, The" (in "Short Story Collection Vol. 013") · (readers)
  22. Perrault, Charles. "Sleeping Beauty, The" (in "Junior Classics (vol 1), The") · (readers)
  23. Perrault, Charles. "Toads and Diamonds" (in "Up One Pair of Stairs of My Bookhouse") · (readers)
J.R.R. Tolkien
  1. Tolkien, J. R. R.. "Goblin Feet" (in "LibriVox's Most Wanted poetry collection") · (readers)
  1. Anonymous. "Book of A Thousand Nights and a Night, The (Arabian Nights) — Volume 01" · (readers)
  2. Anonymous. "Book of A Thousand Nights and a Night, The (Arabian Nights) , Volume 04" · (readers)
  3. Anonymous. "Book of A Thousand Nights and a Night, The (Arabian Nights) — Volume 02" · (readers)
  4. Anonymous. "Book of A Thousand Nights and a Night, The (Arabian Nights) — Volume 03" · (readers)
  5. Anonymous. "Book of A Thousand Nights and a Night, The (Arabian Nights) — Volume 06" · (readers)
  6. Anonymous. "Book of a Thousand Nights and a Night, The, Volume 05" · (readers)

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