Unlocking the Pynchon Badge, or Doing it in Public: further thoughts from #BCTO10 on place and reading

May 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

Park_paper

 

In @AshleighGardner’s session about reading/social media/location I proposed that Foursquare comes up just short of perfect by not letting me check into content in a meaningful way. I can say I’m at Jimmie Simpson Park but how do I tell you I’m there on a bench reading the latest issue of The Believer? And how do I find where other readers of the same magazine, or even the same issue, settled down to read? Conversely, how do I know what’s being read in my vicinity? In the age of the ebook, how will anyone know that I’m reading frickin’ Pynchon? 

When will the crowdsourced catalogue of LibraryThing be overlaid on the crowdsourced map of Foursquare?

@NicholeMcgill asked why anyone would do this. Took me a couple days to formulate an answer. It’s the same one I give to doubters of Foursquare and Twitter: wait until 3 of your friends are doing it then see how you feel.

Further thoughts from @RJWheaton in an old (*sigh*: they’re all old, these days) post from Datachondria.

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