Digital Culture

So…a proposal…

….something that we have not done here in the UNC blog space is to mob blog something (not mob as in mobile, but mob as in group). Is there any event upcoming that would benefit from the publicity (however minimal) of being mob blogged? Everyone shows up, with laptop, and blogs during the event to describe/discuss it….my first thought was the Latin American Film Festival, in some way…a talk, maybe even a FILM (that might be odd). But I’m up for suggestions….

By griffey

Jason Griffey is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at NISO, where he works to identify new areas of the information ecosystem where standards expertise is useful and needed. Prior to joining NISO in 2019, Jason ran his own technology consulting company for libraries, has been both an Affiliate at metaLAB and a Fellow and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and was an academic librarian in roles ranging from reference and instruction to Head of IT at the University of TN at Chattanooga.

Jason has written extensively on technology and libraries, including multiple books and a series of full-periodical issues on technology topics, most recently AI & Machine Learning in Libraries and Library Spaces and Smart Buildings: Technology, Metrics, and Iterative Design from 2018. His newest book, co-authored with Jeffery Pomerantz, will be published by MIT Press in 2024.

He has spoken internationally on topics such as artificial intelligence & machine learning, the future of technology and libraries, decentralization and the Blockchain, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. A full list of his publications and presentations can be found on his CV.
He is one of eight winners of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries for the Measure the Future project (, an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces. He is also the creator and director of The LibraryBox Project (, an open source portable digital file distribution system.

Jason can be stalked obsessively online, and spends his free time with his daughter Eliza, reading, obsessing over gadgets, and preparing for the inevitable zombie uprising.

2 replies on “So…a proposal…”

I’d be up for some mob blogging. Funnily enough, we were discussing that in the last Tarheel Bloggers meeting (which you skipped). The difficulty is finding a decent forum since during speakers, they might get unnerved if 10 people whip out their laptops and appear not to listen to a word that is said. Film is also a bad venue since the keyboard clicking would cause people to chuck things at our head. Perhaps a class, or large enough lecture that we are not the majority of people in the room would be nice, ala when Gary Price came in the journalism building’s auditorium.

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