When we last spoke, some two years ago, I had said pretty much all I had wanted to say on developing your graduate school survival kit. Why am I back? Well, things have changed. Pretty remarkably, for only two years. For example:
- On a plane flight from Boston to DFW, I read (on my Kindle) a fascinating analysis of why Netflix has been so successful. Jonathan Knee suggests that the big media companies are increasingly aware that aggregators, not content providers, can make a big difference in people’s lives by sifting through the tidal wave of media and presenting it in a thoughtful, accessible way. Content is still important, of course, but selecting among content without judgement, can be pretty random.
- There has been a lot going on–new second brain software, the “cloud”, social media (my second post on this blog was a scornful analysis of Twitter, I was right on top of that, wasn’t I?), pads and e-readers–all potentially useful to the evolving academic.
- I’m still as obsessed with doing things efficiently as I ever have been. I’m still clicking away on Evernote, and squirreling neat stuff away in Devonthink. It’s time I revisit some of these notes and jottings, make some judgements, and share them with you. And, just as importantly, hear what works for others. And lots of my friends and colleagues have pretty cool things to say on creativity, writing, time and life management.
Put all this together: aggregators can be useful; the academic environment continues to change; many of the old rules may no longer apply and need to be replaced.
Consider this as one place to stop by to see which rules help you survive and thrive in graduate school.
So, as this Blog hums again to life, what’s on your mind? What topics would you like us to spend some time on?