Notification Norms in the News

An article in the NYT today (“Welcome, Freshmen. Have an iPod” by J. Glater) would seem to be an “information” article because it was about colleges and universities giving students Iphones and trying to figure out how to use them in instruction and other college related activities. Yes, but since the story didn’t really give us much in the way of ideas about how that would happen it was mostly just an empirically interesting story: “Hey, did you know this was going on?”

Buried in the piece, though, was a little bit of “information behavior”:

It is not clear how many colleges plan to give out iPhones and iPods this fall; officials at Apple were coy about the subject and said they would not leak any institution’s plans.

“We can’t announce other people’s news,” said Greg Joswiak, vice president of iPod and iPhone marketing at Apple. He also said that he could not discuss discounts to universities for bulk purchases.

Nothing earth-shaking here, but reminder that there’s another meaning of “property” when it comes to information and that information is often entangled with relationships.

Author: Dan Ryan

I'm currently an Academic Program Director at I've been a professor at University of Toronto, University of Southern California, and Mills College teaching things like human centered design, computational thinking, modeling for policy sciences, and social theory. I'm driven by the desire to figure out how to teach twice as many twice as well twice as easily.

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