One of our former library student workers came to our Christmas party yesterday and, while he was here, decided to look for some basic books on journalism. While doing a browse search on the term journalism, we came across the term feuilletons as a related term. Neither of us knew what it meant, but the next day, he sends me an email saying that he just saw the word used in a friend’s Facebook posting adding, “Isn’t peculiar how you see something new and then you ALWAYS see it after that initial moment?”
I thought there should be a name for this phenomenon, so I googled some phrase trying to explain this and found the term Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon. I don’t understand why I can’t find any reference to this in Gale Virtual Reference Library or in LionSearch. I tried the term frequency illusion, referred to in the web article, but nothing came up for that either.
I would think there would be a psychological term for this phenomenon, but I can’t find it!
The University of Maryland and Rutgers University will join the Big Ten Conference effective July 1, 2013. The following are currently in the Big Ten:
- Michigan State
- Ohio State
- Penn State
DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music), a streaming audio database, has been licensed by the University Libraries and added to the alphabetical list of databases.
DRAM streams audio from over two dozen independent record labels that reflect the diversity of 20th- and 21st-century American classical music. The collection includes all recordings from the labels New World Records and Composers Recordings, Inc. (CRI) as well as other recordings of aesthetic and historical value largely ignored by the commercial marketplace. Liner notes and cover art are included. DRAM is a not-for-profit, online music database dedicated to preserving and disseminating important music recordings that may be difficult or impossible to obtain by other means.
I think it is difficult to think of multi-sided issues in your field of study unless you are in the habit of reading blogs, newspapers, or articles written about that profession. I read a brief article “Professional Issues in Civil Engineering in the 21st Century” from the Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice (October 2002) that listed 12 significant issues members of the profession generated as ideas for a conference.
Among the issues they came up with were:
- price competition
- Design Build (which seems like a good multi-sided issue)
- role of research in the future of civil engineering
- nonengineers in engineering positions in government and private practice
“College Students Eager to Learn but Need Help Negotiating Information Overload”
This article makes a good point: even though students today have a vast amount of information at their disposal, finding what they need has become more difficult. I see a connection between the ideas presented in this article and “When Choice is Demotivating: Can One Desire Too Much of a Good Thing.”
Providing students with a list of articles, including the two above, and having them choose 2 to make a connection between, could be an interesting research assignment.
Manufactroversy – a manufactured controversy. Take a look at this interesting article from Science Progress: ”The Art of Creating Controversy Where None Existed,” written from a communication perspective.
US News and World Report published this article on June 17, 2010.