e-learning, Diet Coke, and the Super Bowl
The Super Bowl is all you hear about these days in Boston, where our sports teams are doing great (how ’bout those Red Sox!) I’m not a huge football fan, but I read reports of how Tom Brady practiced yesterday and his right ankle was not taped, swollen or discolored. And I stock up on Diet Coke at Super Bowl sales.
Technology is playing a greater role every year in sporting events. Social networking is being used by Nielsen to rate Super Bowl ads. “Nielsen Online also will provide real-time analysis of messages and opinions from 70 million blogs, message boards, online communities, video-sharing sites and sports enthusiast sites.” Their site, Hey! Nielsen, is “a way for you to influence the TV and movies you watch, the music you listen to, and more… all while making a name for yourself.” Clearly someone at Nielsen saw that Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2006 was You. I’d like to learn more about the technology they use for text analysis and drawing meaningful conclusions from these millions of messages.
But what does this have to do with e-learning? I kept hearing on the radio “blah blah University of Phoenix Stadium blah blah” before it hit me – the 2008 Super Bowl is being held at University of Phoenix Stadium! The University of Phoenix’ home page doesn’t mention this, but it can’t hurt enrollment. Does this mean e-learning has reached a tipping point?
My biggest take-away from all this has nothing to do with sports (although I might look for an online course to finally understand football). What I learned was linguistic. Today’s Boston Globe reported that “Plaxico Burress went Joe Namath on us Tuesday and got a lot of headlines.” Joe Namath? I’m going to use that 3 times in a sentence today.