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Okay, Maybe Twitter Isn't so Bad

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I'm officially convinced Clive Thompson has access to each of his readers thoughts. His chapter, opening with the line, "who cares what you had for breakfast," is exactly the justification I utilize for not having a twitter account, and pretty much has me willing to pledge servitude to Mr. Thompson for a glimpse into his mind-reading powers. He seems to hint at his powerful ways when he presents us with the chapter, "Ambient Awareness."

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Story Time for Adults

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When I was in high school, students would come back from winter break and, instead of immediately rushing back into the unending labor of schoolwork, would get the opportunity to spend a week studying various academic 'crafts.' One year I was fortunate enough to attend a course entitled "The Art of Storytelling." An older gentlemen and my teacher, probably in his 70's, was a member of the local "Storytelling Guild," which is a formal way of saying a bunch of other older guys sitting around listening to each others stories.

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Designing Clemson

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My RA freshman year was a design major, and coupled with the fact that RA's are in fact REQUIRED to talk--casually--to each individual member of their herd, I frankly learned a lot about design. Granted, I dind't get nearly nearly as much as when I read Chip Kidd's wonderful little guide to design and sought out examples on our own campus. Here's a few of the things I saw:

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This right here is something I'm sure we all see multiple times on our (long) walks to class, a CAT bus route marker that quickly and effectively communicates where that purple legal liability on wheels is going to take you.

E-Books or E-Blasphemy? Why E-Readers Aren't the Devil Incarnate

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APE may not be the most detailed book in the world, but when it comes to navigating the shifting publishing market, anything more specific than what Guy Kawasaki has given us might well by next year become as outdated as a VHS player or a scroll wheel on an iPod--two things archaeologists claim to have existed sometime during the pre-milleniazoic era.

One idea that Kawasaki broached in the early chapters of the book is of the democratization, as he calls it, of the printed media. When publishers, and now even authors, are able to publish their books at a much lower cost, it becomes possible for more and more people to get their work out their. Now more than ever this is the case.

Hearing Our Own Voices

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Austin Kleon has got a lot to say about finding one's voice, and just by looking at the success he's attained from books such as 2014's Show Your Work!, its pretty easy to see why we should listen to him about it. KleonIn an age where one's voice is echoed the world over through modern mediums, our author depicts a great disadvantage in not expressing oneself through channels such as, quite broadly, the internet. Later, Kleon speaks of the importance of "be[ing] your own documentarian," and taking careful note of the progress you make as both a thinker and a craftsman of ideas.