Staylittle: The village that is cut off from the UK – BBC News

Some people do “digital detoxes”, but there is one place in the UK that is getting rather annoyed at being cut off.

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This is an interesting article to me, because I think many developed countries take for granted the connectivity that they have, and yet, there are still areas even in developed countries, like this town in Wales, that still isn’t connected–and they just lost their one means of connectivity with simple telephone landlines.  I know that I use one mobile carrier in particular because I can get coverage at my home as needed. I’d like to switch to another carrier, but their coverage map doesn’t even cover my entire town! The ironic thing is that I’m set between the main corporate headquarters of Dow Jones (publisher of the Wall Street Journal)–I can walk or bike to their entrance, as well as the North American Headquarters and additional offices of big pharma companies like Novo Nordisk and Bristol-Myers Squibb, and dozens of other companies are just down the street from me. 

 

What do you think of this situation? It seems like it’d be a fairly simple solution, considering they aren’t that far out from the nearest towns. What’s the connectivity like where you live? Generally where I live, it’s not too bad, but then again, I live in between New York City and Philadelphia in a very populated area near one of the most prestigious universities in the world and several large corporations nearby.  I know not everyone has that. 

 

Add your comments below.

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Three ways to look at the future: perspectives from a writer, reader, and marketer of content

My friend, Parth Mukherjee of Jifflenow, created an excellent SlideShare presentation that he shared at the STC India conference while still at Adobe, but shared recently on LinkedIn. While I didn’t attend the conference, he created a great conversation about the role of content in marketing that still applies now, and is highly relatable for technical communicators and digital marketers alike.

Take a look:

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World-renowned Harvard linguist Steven Pinker loves emoji, and you should too

There’s no shame in emoji love.

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I guess it’s Steven Pinker day at TechCommGeekMom. I have to agree that I often will use emoji for the purposes that Pinker suggests in this article. My son finds that in situations where he is remote and trying to convey his feelings, he will use emoji quite a lot. The message still gets through to me in his text messaging. 

 

What do you think of emojis and how they are used? Add your thoughts to the comments below. 

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20 Signs Your Web Content Writer Won’t Cut Through the Crap

I was on vacation in Vancouver with my family recently. We went to the famous public market on Granville Island. There’s a lot to see and do there. The market seems to offer every flavor of everyt

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Craig Cardimon found this Barry Feldman gem and posted it on LinkedIn. I think all writers have moments of falling prey to some of these mistakes. As kids we are taught to write with more flourish, and these 20 signs are easy tools to accomplish more florid writing. Marketing is FULL of this kind of writing, and has been for years. What has changed? I think, as a society, we’ve tired of this kind of language, and we are looking for less rubbish, and more intelligent content–on multiple levels. 

 

What do you think of these 20 signs? Add your comments below. 

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Why is there a divide between academics and practitioners in tech comm? • emoo.eu

Why is there a divide between academics and practitioners in tech comm? Tip: Check out the podcast I recorded on this same topic here: Podcast: The divide between academics and practitioners — Interview with Lisa Meloncon. The divide between practitioners and academics TechCommGeekMom recently attended IEEE ProComm in Ireland and wrote an interesting post highlighting the divide that exists between practitioners and academics. I’ve been interested in this divide for some time. In some regards,

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Thanks to EMOO.EU for featuring and commenting my article. It was interesting to read, because I realized that the quotes must have been translated from English to another language back to English!  I need to work more on writing more standard or neutral English, it appears! 

 

In the meantime, the author and I seem to be coming to similar conclusions about the divide between academia and practitioners, and the author makes some valid recommendations to help bridge that gap at the end of the article. 

 

What do you think? Do you agree with this author’s position? Do you agree with the recommentations? Comment below. 

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10 popular grammar myths debunked by a Harvard linguist

Harvard’s Steven Pinker sets the record straight.

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This is a great article that goes over some basic grammatical misnomers that are often made. Many of these are not only covered in Steven Pinker’s writings, but Marcia Riefer Johnston also writes about these and other similar topics in her book, "Word Up!" 

 

The author of this article also references H.W. Fowler, who was the author of "The Dictionary of Modern Usage", which was the first book of its kind that I used. I found it helpful on many occasions. 

 

I’ll have to check out more of Steven Pinker’s works in the near future. 

 

Do you agree with the rules mentioned in this article? Comment below. 

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Content Content podcast episode 5 – Undefinable Me featuring Marcia Riefer Johnston

Tech writer turned content marketer and strategist Marcia Riefer Johnston (@marciarjohnston) discusses her career transitions, her two highly rated books, and her strong love of Strunk and White. A…

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Ed Marsh of ContentContent has posted another podcast–and it’s with Marcia Riefer Johnston! Two of my favorite people having a conversation, and I get to listen in! Brilliant! 

 

Take a listen…Marcia always has fantastic insights to things. I’m lucky enough to call both Ed and Marcia good friends of mine. :-)

 

Listen, listen! 

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