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Why the Internet Didn’t Kill Zines - The New York Times
"As a lonely teenager growing up in Virginia, I fed off any pop culture that could show me different ways of being from what I saw on “The Cosby Show” reruns or read about in an Ann M. Martin book. This was the early 2000s, before social platforms had taken off: LiveJournal was still in its infancy; Tumblr had not yet been created. Friendster and Myspace, the most popular of the networks that did exist, were more about sharing perfectly angled photos than having conversations or bouncing ideas off someone. When, in college, a spirited English teaching assistant (who once canceled class for the week to attend a riot-grrrl punk reunion show in Washington) introduced me to zines and the early feminist publishing movement of the 1990s, I felt as if I had been given a lifeline to the outside world. Those self-published, unofficial magazines offered tangible glimpses of radical feminism, social-justice movements, queer history and subcultures that I always knew existed but had little access to. The world seemed to open up for me.

In theory, the maturation of the internet should have killed off the desire for zines entirely. The web is a Gutenberg press on steroids, predicated on free software platforms created by companies that invest considerable sums to lure people to their sites and make exactly the kind of content I craved growing up. Millions, maybe hundreds of millions, of posts are published to social-media sites each day. And yet somehow, it can feel impossible to engage with new ideas, even as our compulsive inability to stop scrolling exposes us to an unending stream of new content. Yes, you can catch tweetstorms on Twitter, watch someone’s life unfold on Instagram, do deep dives into hashtags on Tumblr or watch video diaries on YouTube that explore diverse perspectives, but the clutter of everything else happening at the same time online can make it difficult to really digest and absorb the perspective being offered.

Which might be part of the reason zines never disappeared — and are even available in abundance in 2017. A few months ago, I walked into a Laundromat in Brooklyn where a former cellphone kiosk had been transformed into a feminist queer shop called the Troll Hole. I was thrilled to find it stocked with the same kinds of small booklets I consumed in college, though much better designed and produced. They contained nonbinary coming-of-age stories, photo essays featuring gender nonconforming people of Latin-American descent, trans Muslim narratives, first-generation essays, fat-positive imagery. I scooped up as many as I could rationally read in one sitting.

Many of the offline zine projects I came across have some online presence, too. Sula Collective, for example, which describes itself as a journal by and for people of color, actually started out on the web as an art magazine for people growing up “in the suburbs and Deep South,” as one of its founders, Kassandra Piñero, put it to me. It was meant for anyone who “didn’t have access to galleries and events.” Piñero is 21, and the only world she has ever known is one that is also lived partly online. But she found that publishing on the internet often had the unintended and unconscious effect of causing her to cater to the aesthetics of those platforms. “The internet should be a place with no rules, and freedom, but it’s not,” Piñero said. “There is a certain pressure to conform to certain aesthetics.” It was something I had noticed myself. Each social-media platform tends to reward certain behaviors and styles of posting, all in the interest of building fans and followers who are invested in the performance of a persona (maybe even more so than the Geppetto-like person orchestrating it all). Instagram is a place for intimate-seeming photos, Twitter for clever quips and collaborative memes. Facebook demands an unmitigated rawness that can be terrifying at times. With all, the works are often made to fit the platform, not the other way around.

Producing zines can offer an unexpected respite from the scrutiny on the internet, which can be as oppressive as it is liberating. Shakar Mujukian, publisher of The Hye-Phen — a zine by and about queer and trans Armenians who, as he puts it, often “feel as ignored and invisible as their motherland” — told me via email that just because technology can fully replace something doesn’t mean it should. He described zines as the precursor to personal blogs, but personal blogs have been on the decline over the last decade. And zines can’t get replies or hateful remarks in a comments section. Publishing ideas outside the mainstream can make an author incredibly vulnerable; the web is polluted with a culture of toxicity that invites attacks. Zines, in Mujukian’s vision, “are essentially about reclamation. You get to make your own media and define your own narrative in the way you want to and can.”

Karen Gisonny is the periodicals librarian at the New York Public Library and specializes in alternative publications and zines. We’ve spoken over the years about alternative media and the role that it plays among the people who make it and consume it. She noted that zines allow for an “element of freedom that’s not beholden to anyone.” We think of the web as a place for freedom, but with zines, authors control every aspect, from the design to the distribution. When I visited her at the library, she showed me some of her newest acquisitions, which included the first issue of Dr. RAD’s Queer Health Show, a guide for self-exams and checkups for all gendered bodies, and Blue Collar Review, a journal of progressive working-class literature that is made in Virginia. She explained that zines could be seen as a historical record of the current moment. To their creators, zines can feel like necessary means of defiance, even resistance to cultural norms that rarely acknowledge them.

Devin N. Morris, who edits and publishes 3 Dot Zine, told me that he sees self-publishing as a political and radical act. He’s a young queer artist from Baltimore, and the zines he creates reflect that experience and create a historical narrative that otherwise would be ignored. For him, the act of creating a zine is more about defining his reality on his terms and legitimizing it than it is about the novelty of making indie media and distributing it. It was a sentiment I heard from almost every zine creator I spoke to. Morris, who recently hosted an indie-press fair at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, said that zines have a way of encouraging people to have “inspiring interactions in real life.” He described a hunger to physically interact beyond simple likes or direct messages. Social apps weren’t made to inspire that desire; they were created so that there would be no need.

And it perhaps reflects why zines can feel so much more intimate than a Facebook post. The deliberation and care that goes into making them is important. The internet is especially adept at compressing humanity and making it easy to forget there are people behind tweets, posts and memes."
jennawortham  zines  2017  publishing  internet  web  online  livejournal  tumblr  myspace  friendster  twitter  tweetstorms  youtube  attention  clutter  karengisonny  alternative  classideas  devinmorris  3dotzine  thehye-phen  shakarmujukian  kassandrapiñero  sulacollective  care  craft  deliberation  politics  radicalism  artapp 
march 2017 by robertogreco
Clay Shirky on the why's behind current US Presidential Election cycle - Loose Leaves
[Now available here too: ]

"I started writing about both parties becoming host bodies for 3rd party candidates. Instead of an essay, it turned into 50 tweets. Here goes

Social media is breaking the political 'Overton Window' -- the ability of elites to determine the outside edges of acceptable conversation.

The Overton Window was imagined as a limit on public opinion, but in politics, it's the limit on what politicians will express in public.

Politically acceptable discourse is limited by supply, not demand. The public is hungry for more than politicians are willing to discuss.

This is especially important in the U.S., because our two-party system creates ideologically unstable parties by design.

In order to preserve inherently unstable coalitions, party elites & press had to put some issues into the 'Don't Mention X' category.

These limits were enforced by party discipline, and mass media whose economics meant political centrism was the best way to make money.

This was BC: Before Cable. One or two newspapers per town, three TV stations; all centrist, white, pro-business, respectful of authority.

Cable changed things, allowing outsiders to campaign more easily. In '92, Ross Perot, 3rd party candidate, campaigned through infomercials.

That year, the GOP's 'Don't Mention X' issue was the weakness of Reaganomics. Party orthodoxy said reducing tax rates would raise revenues.

Perot's ads attacked GOP management of the economy head on. He was the first candidate to purchase national attention at market rates.

Post-Perot, cable became outside candidates' tool for jailbreaking Don't Mention X: Buchanan on culture war, Nader on consumer protection.

After Cable but Before Web lasted only a dozen years. Cable added a new stream of media access. The web added a torrent.

What's special about After Web -- now -- is that politicians talking about "Don't mention X" issues are doing so from inside the parties.

This started with Howard Dean (the OG) in '03. Poverty was the mother of invention; Dean didn't have enough $ to buy ads, even on cable.

But his team had Meetup & blogs and their candidate believed something many voters did too, something actively Not Being Mentioned.

In '03, All Serious People (aka DC insiders) agreed the U.S. had to invade Iraq. Opposition to the war was not to be a campaign issue.

Dean didn't care. In February of 2003, he said "If the war lasts more than a few weeks, the danger of humanitarian disaster is high."

Dean said "Iraq is a divided country, with Sunni, Shia and Kurdish factions that share both bitter rivalries and large quantities of arms."

Dean said "There is a very real danger that war in Iraq will fuel the fires of international terror."

For All Serious People, this was crazy talk. (Dean was, of course, completely correct.) This was also tonic to a passionate set of voters.

Mentioning X became Dean's hallmark. Far from marginalizing him, it got him tons of free news coverage. Trump is just biting those rhymes.

After webifying Perot's media tactics, Dean pioneered online fundraising. Unfortunately for him, his Get Out The Vote operation didn't.

That took Obama. Obama was less of an outsider than Dean (though still regarded as unelectable in '07) but used most of Dean's playbook.

Besides charisma, he had two advantages Dean didn't have. First, the anti-war position had gone from principled oppositon to common sense.

Obama could campaign not just on being prescient (as Dean also was) but on having been proved right years earlier.

The second advantage was that Obama's voter mobilization strategy--the crown jewels--was superior to that of the Democratic Party itself.

This was the last piece. Perot adopted non-centrist media, Dean distributed fundraising, Obama non-party voter mobilization.

Social media is at the heart of all of this. Meetup and Myspace meant Dean and Obama didn't have to be billionaires to get a message out.

Online fundraising let outsiders raise funds, and it became a symbol of purity. Anyone not raising money at $25 a pop is now a plutocrat.

And then there was vote-getting. Facebook and MyBarackObama let the Obama campaign run their own vote-getting machine out of Chicago.

McLuhan famously said "The medium is the message." This is often regarded as inscrutably gnomic, but he explained it perfectly clearly.

The personal and social consequences of any medium result from the new scale introduced into our affairs by any new technology.

The new scale Facebook introduces into politics is this: all registered American voters, ~150M people, are now a medium-sized group.

All voters' used to be a big number. Now it's <10% of FB's audience. "A million users isn't cool. You know what's cool? A billion users."

Reaching & persuading even a fraction of the electorate used to be so daunting that only two national orgs could do it. Now dozens can.

This set up the current catastrophe for the parties. They no longer control any essential resource, and can no longer censor wedge issues.

Each party has an unmentionable Issue X that divide its voters. Each overestimated their ability to keep X out of the campaign.

Jeb(!) Bush, who advocates religious litmus tests for immigrants, has to attack Trump's anti-immigrant stance, because it went too far.

Clinton can't say "Break out the pitchforks", because Democratic consensus says "We've done as much to banks as our donors will allow."

In '15, a 3rd party candidate challenging her on those issues from inside the party was inconceivable.("I don't think that word means...")

So here we are, with quasi-parlimentarianism. We now have four medium-sized and considerably more coherent voter blocs.

2 rump establishment parties, Trump representing 'racist welfare state' voters, and Sanders representing people who want a Nordic system.

Trump is RINO, Sanders not even a Dem. That either one could become their party's nominee is amazing. Both would mark the end of an era.

We will know by March 15th whether a major party's apparatus can be hijacked by mere voters. (Last time it was: McGovern.)

But the social media piece, and growing expertise around it, means that this is now a long-term challenge to our two-party system.

Over-large party coalitions require discipline to prevent people from taking an impassioned 30% of the base in order to win the primaries.

The old defense against this by the parties was "You and what army?" No third party has been anything other than a spoiler in a century.

The answer to that question this year, from both Trump and Sanders, is "Me and this army I can mobilize without your help."

Who needs a third party when the existing two parties have become powerless to stop insurgencies from within?"
clayshirky  politics  us  rossperot  berniesanders  2016  politicalparties  cable  marshallmcluhan  themediumisthemessage  media  television  control  messaging  facebook  fundraising  platforms  discipline  issues  division  donaldtrump  jebbush  barackobama  hillaryclinton  democrats  republicans  coaitions  thirdpartycandidates  howarddean  2003  meetup  internet  web  socialmedia  1992  getoutthevote  myspace  money  campaigns  campaigning  mybarackobama  rino  georgemcgovern  elections 
february 2016 by robertogreco
The Future of Video Is a Wonderful Mess -- Following: How We Live Online
"As video — and livestreaming in particular — grows in popularity on the web, we can expect to see more of this: people becoming their own professional broadcasting operations, warping and tweaking the aesthetic of their stream to fit their brand in a way similar to a cable news channel, and piling loads of extraneous information into the frame. This is exciting! The idea that users want a tidy, uniform experience across a service is mostly an idea clung to by technologists — the average social-media user doesn’t care about cleanliness. If they did, we wouldn’t be seeing an astonishing amount of compression rot in the multimedia passed around on Facebook and Instagram and Twitter and Tumblr.

Twitch is, as of now, the best indication yet that the web is ebbing back toward Myspace on the Myspace-Facebook spectrum. The reasons for this are both technological — rendering and processing video is expensive — and cultural. As more and more people come of age using the web and using technology, uniformity in design and aesthetic isn’t as necessary. Facebook emerged as a service friendly to people who had never used a social network before, and that population is rapidly dwindling. We’re moving toward visual cacophony because we now have the ability to parse that mess easily. That beautiful mess is something to look forward to."
video  web  online  future  messiness  myspace  aesthetics  facebook  gifs  geocities  webrococo  snapchat  twitter  socialmedia  netflix  hulu  twitch  minecraft  ui  hud  annotations  tumblr  instagram  brainfeldman  multiliteracies 
february 2016 by robertogreco
What World Are We Building? — Data & Society: Points — Medium
"It’s easy to love or hate technology, to blame it for social ills or to imagine that it will fix what people cannot. But technology is made by people. In a society. And it has a tendency to mirror and magnify the issues that affect everyday life. The good, bad, and ugly."

"1. Inequity All Over Again

While social media was being embraced, I was doing research, driving around the country talking with teenagers about how they understood technology in light of everything else taking place in their lives. I watched teens struggle to make sense of everyday life and their place in it. And I watched as privileged parents projected their anxieties onto the tools that were making visible the lives of less privileged youth.

As social media exploded, our country’s struggle with class and race got entwined with technology. I will never forget sitting in small town Massachusetts in 2007 with a 14-year-old white girl I call Kat. Kat was talking about her life when she made a passing reference to why her friends had all quickly abandoned MySpace and moved to Facebook: because it was safer, and MySpace was boring. Whatever look I gave her at that moment made her squirm. She looked down and said,
I’m not really into racism, but I think that MySpace now is more like ghetto or whatever, and…the people that have Facebook are more mature… The people who use MySpace — again, not in a racist way — but are usually more like [the] ghetto and hip-hop/rap lovers group.'

As we continued talking, Kat became more blunt and told me that black people use MySpace and white people use Facebook.

Fascinated by Kat’s explanation and discomfort, I went back to my field notes. Sure enough, numerous teens had made remarks that, with Kat’s story in mind, made it very clear that a social division had unfolded between teens using MySpace and Facebook during the 2006–2007 school year. I started asking teens about these issues and heard many more accounts of how race affected engagement. "

"The techniques we use at Crisis Text Line are the exact same techniques that are used in marketing. Or personalized learning. Or predictive policing. Predictive policing, for example, involves taking prior information about police encounters and using that to make a statistical assessment about the likelihood of crime happening in a particular place or involving a particular person. In a very controversial move, Chicago has used such analytics to make a list of people most likely to be a victim of violence. In an effort to prevent crime, police officers approached those individuals and used this information in an effort to scare them to stay out of trouble. But surveillance by powerful actors doesn’t build trust; it erodes it. Imagine that same information being given to a social worker. Even better, to a community liaison. Sometimes, it’s not the data that’s disturbing, but how it’s used and by whom.

3. The World We’re Creating

Knowing how to use data isn’t easy. One of my colleagues at Microsoft Research — Eric Horvitz — can predict with startling accuracy whether someone will be hospitalized based on what they search for. What should he do with that information? Reach out to people? That’s pretty creepy. Do nothing? Is that ethical? No matter how good our predictions are, figuring out how to use them is a complex social and cultural issue that technology doesn’t solve for us. In fact, as it stands, technology is just making it harder for us to have a reasonable conversation about agency and dignity, responsibility and ethics.

Data is power. Increasingly we’re seeing data being used to assert power over people. It doesn’t have to be this way, but one of the things that I’ve learned is that, unchecked, new tools are almost always empowering to the privileged at the expense of those who are not.

For most media activists, unfettered Internet access is at the center of the conversation, and that is critically important. Today we’re standing on a new precipice, and we need to think a few steps ahead of the current fight.

We are moving into a world of prediction. A world where more people are going to be able to make judgments about others based on data. Data analysis that can mark the value of people as worthy workers, parents, borrowers, learners, and citizens. Data analysis that has been underway for decades but is increasingly salient in decision-making across numerous sectors. Data analysis that most people don’t understand.

Many activists will be looking to fight the ecosystem of prediction — and to regulate when and where prediction can be used. This is all fine and well when we’re talking about how these technologies are designed to do harm. But more often than not, these tools will be designed to be helpful, to increase efficiency, to identify people who need help. Their positive uses will exist alongside uses that are terrifying. What do we do?

One of the most obvious issues is the limited diversity of people who are building and using these tools to imagine our future. Statistical and technical literacy isn’t even part of the curriculum in most American schools. In our society where technology jobs are high-paying and technical literacy is needed for citizenry, less than 5% of high schools offer AP computer science courses. Needless to say, black and brown youth are much less likely to have access, let alone opportunities. If people don’t understand what these systems are doing, how do we expect people to challenge them?

We must learn how to ask hard questions of technology and of those making decisions based data-driven tech. And opening the black box isn’t enough. Transparency of data, algorithms, and technology isn’t enough. We need to build assessment into any system that we roll-out. You can’t just put millions of dollars of surveillance equipment into the hands of the police in the hope of creating police accountability, yet, with police body-worn cameras, that’s exactly what we’re doing. And we’re not even trying to assess the implications. This is probably the fastest roll-out of a technology out of hope, and it won’t be the last. How do we get people to look beyond their hopes and fears and actively interrogate the trade-offs?

Technology plays a central role — more and more — in every sector, every community, every interaction. It’s easy to screech in fear or dream of a world in which every problem magically gets solved. To make the world a better place, we need to start paying attention to the different tools that are emerging and learn to frame hard questions about how they should be put to use to improve the lives of everyday people.

We need those who are thinking about social justice to understand technology and those who understand technology to commit to social justice."
danahboyd  inequality  technology  2016  facebook  myspace  race  racism  prejudice  whiteflight  bigdata  indifference  google  web  online  internet  christinaxu  bias  diversity  socialjustice 
february 2016 by robertogreco
Hypertext for all | A Working Library
"These rococo days of the web have been sadly lost to capricious corporate owners, and newer platforms almost seem to have recoiled from them. (I could write a whole other letter about the neutered minimalism common on a lot of platforms today, but I digress.) But I think that history is telling: in that, given a canvas on which to play, many people opted to express themselves with color and image, often spending much more effort there then on the words, and often in surprising ways.

So, I’ll ask again, is hypertext just the text? Are images, styles, video, fonts, and the like always subsidiary?

There’s an old saw about the web that says that when the web democratized publishing, everyone should have become a writer, but instead most of us became consumers. (Nevermind that email and SMS have most people writing more in a day than their Victorian ancestors wrote in their entire lives.) There’s more than a hint of disparagement and elitism in that saying: everyone should have taken up writing, which is obviously superior to reading or watching or (gasp!) consuming. And I worry that that same sentiment creeps in when we argue the supremacy of text over image on the web. Writing is an important and valuable skill, but so are many other things.

Here’s another way to think about it: over the past year, video after video has emerged showing cops shooting unarmed black people. Those videos have been shared on the web, and while they haven’t yet led to anything resembling justice for the victims, they have contributed to profound discussions around race, militarized police forces, guns, and more. They are not sufficient to bring about desperately needed social change—and there’s an argument to be made about whether they are at risk of becoming mere spectacle—but I think it would be hard to deny that they are an important element in the movement, that they have had a major impact.

You can describe what happens in each of those videos in words, but those words will never equal watching them. The words “Tamir Rice was shot two seconds after the police car pulled up” are wrenching, but not nearly as much as watching him fall to the ground as the car continues to roll. The words “Tamir Rice was twelve years old” are not as heart stoppable as seeing a photo of him. I am saying this as someone who believes in words, who spends more time with words than with pictures, who is more often moved by words than by images. But sometimes the power of an image dwarfs that of words. Even I have to admit that.

I worry that the push to keep the web defined to words, while pragmatic and reasonable in many ways, may also be used to decide what stories get told, and what stories are heard. Many more people are using their tiny computers to record video and audio and take pictures than are writing; as much as I may love writing, and as much as I know that transmitting writing via cables and air is a hell of a lot easier and cheaper than transmitting video, I’m not sure I can really stand here and say that the writing is—or should be—primary.

One of the design principles of the web is to pave the cowpaths: it looks to me like there are some new paths opening up, ones we may not have expected, ones that aren’t going to make many of our jobs easier. Maybe instead of putting up signs saying there are better paths elsewhere, it’s time we see where these ones take us."

[Noted here: ]
mandybrown  2016  web  hypertext  maciejceglowski  geocities  myspace  webrococo  waybackmachine  pinboard  javascript  webdesign  webdev  images  multiliteracies  video  flash  zefrank  design  writing  text  words  language  listening  elitism  typography  tools  onlinetoolkit  democacy  activism  maciejcegłowski 
january 2016 by robertogreco
How to be Free: Proustian Memory and The Palest Ink «
"I often wonder if we should build some kind of forgetting into our systems and archives, so ways of being expand rather than contract.… allowed you to choose the length of time before your data would be deleted. This seems not only sensible, but desirable. As Heidegger said, in Being and Time, “Forgetting is not nothing, nor is it just a failure to remember; it is rather a ‘positive’ ecstatic mode of one’s having been, a mode with a character of its own.” Proustian memory, not the palest ink, should be the ideal we are building into our technology; not what memory recalls, but what it evokes. The palest ink tells us what we’ve done or where we’ve been, but not who we are.

If we are not given the chance to forget, we are also not given the chance to recover our memories, to alter them with time, perspective, and wisdom. Forgetting, we can be ourselves beyond what the past has told us we are, we can evolve. That is the possibility we want from the future."
proustianmemory  time  reallife  irl  superficiality  jerrycosinski  wikileaks  becomingtarden  jillmagid  disappearingink  disappearing  evanratliff  tylerclementi  meganmeier  martinhendrick  yahooanswers  joelholmberg  googlestreetview  streetview  google  9eyes  jonrafman  lisaoppenheim  documentation  myspace  youtube  facebook  twitter  privacy  socialmedia  ephemerality  ephemeral  paleink  newmuseum  surveillance  offline  online  eecummings  heidegger  proust  data  forgetting  memory  2012  caterinafake  perspective  wisdom  marcelproust 
september 2012 by robertogreco and the Problem of Intent — Jamelle Bouie
"The popular understanding of white flight—insofar that people acknowledge it—is the mass migration from cities as a result of African American mobility. But that’s mistaken. There’s no doubt that many white people left the cities because of the presence of blacks. But just as many—and perhaps more—left for completely neutral reasons—cheaper housing, better schools, easy loans, etc.

Individually, the effect of this was minor. But in the aggregate, it was devastating. The state-sanctioned economic disenfranchisement of African Americans meant that in any given area, whites were the most affluent group. Their migration deprived cities of needed revenue, and sparked a downward spiral. The end result of many neutral acts was to geographically reinforce the racial caste system."

"[I]n a world of huge racial and class disparities, ostensibly neutral procedures and parameters can yield non-neutral results, and that’s what seems to be happening with the service []."
sociology  unintendedconsequences  facebook  myspace  race  class  twitter  glennfleishman  jasonsnell  anildash  erinboesel  whiteflight  2012  jamellebouie 
august 2012 by robertogreco
Caterina Fake: Fast Growth for a Social App Is a Very Bad Thing - Liz Gannes - Social - AllThingsD
"Fake added emphatically that the worst thing a start-up social network can do is to buy advertising to attract users. Growth should happen because users find value in a site, and then get their friends to join, she said.

And if users don’t come? Start-ups should try harder to make a better product.

That’s why Pinwheel plans to only slowly let in the tens of thousands of people on its email list, Fake said. And it’s why Pinwheel will ask users to write original notes, rather than filling the many empty places on its map with existing location-based content from around the Web. “We’re not going to suddenly metastasize by adding Wikipedia content,” Fake said."

[See also the correction Caterina Fake makes in the comments.]
myspace  linkedin  facebook  twitter  google+  flickr  startups  growth  scaling  scale  2012  pinwheel  storytelling  caterinafake 
february 2012 by robertogreco
Our full interview with William Gibson | Reading | Independent Weekly
"MySpace & Facebook just looked overstructured & Disneylanded…

When a friend of mine joined Twitter, I thought, "Oh, this sounds dreadful,"…join[ed] it for a laugh, so I could make fun of it later. To my great surprise, I found it nicely understructured. & very fast…

I also find it effortless—that may be because the way I use it is largely content-free, but it's actually been a very nice experience. I would miss it if it disappeared; I would miss the company of people I've gotten used to having around in a virtual way.

What I'd miss most about Twitter is its astonishing power as an aggregator of novelty. It does in a few hours what one hundred professionally produced magazines could scarcely do in a month, skimming the world's weirdest, most wonderful things & depositing it on your desktop to be snacked on.

Having boasted for years at watching less television than any NA male my age, I may unfortunately have found my television."

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twitter  williamgibson  interviews  2010  zerohistory  sciencefiction  scifi  facebook  myspace  aggregator  television  tv  unstructured  novelty 
april 2011 by robertogreco
social media frustration - against multiphrenia
"If the technologies I use and value take steps to jeopardize the important connections and relationships cultivated and facilitated there, I will stop using and valuing those technologies. I'll entreat everyone for their email addresses and then otherwise eliminate my persistent online presence.

My interest in and patience for being a digital migrant, of moving to a different online oasis every couple years, nears null. I want a measure of reliability and stability in where I am online. No more TOS changes, no more sudden and limiting archives, no more rumors or threats of being shuttered or sold.

If this is too much to expect, then perhaps I don't belong on the internet."
frustration  socialmedia  twitter  tos  termsofservice  internet  web  online  digitalimmigrants  reliability  stability  technology  monetization  networks  spam  myspace  trust 
march 2011 by robertogreco
How to say stupid things about social media | Cory Doctorow | Technology |
"Here are some suggested things to say if you want to sound like an idiot when you talk about social media: [1] It's inconsequential – most of the verbiage on Twitter, Facebook & the like is banal blather...Criticizing the "banality" of Facebook conversation is as trite and ignorant as criticising people who talk about the weather. ... [2] It is ugly – MySpace is a graphic designer's worst nightmare. The word you're looking for isn't "ugly", it's "vernacular"...[3] It is ephemeral – Facebook will blow over in a year & something else will be along. Totally correct, but this is a feature, not a bug...There are plenty of things to worry about when it comes to social media. They are Skinner boxes designed to condition us to undervalue our privacy and to disclose personal information. They have opaque governance structures. They are walled gardens that violate the innovative spirit of the internet. But to deride them for being social, experimental & personal is to sound like a total fool."
corydoctorow  facebook  twitter  behavior  socialnetworking  myspace  criticism  design  culture  newmedia  internet  socialmedia  social  media  socialsoftware  critique  trends  web2.0  phatic  communication 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Sociality Is Learning | DMLcentral [also posted at:]
"As adults, we take social skills for granted... until we encounter someone who lacks them. Helping children develop social skills is viewed as a reasonable educational endeavor in elementary school, but by high school, educators switch to more "serious" subjects. Yet, youth aren't done learning about the social world. Conversely, they are more driven to understand people and sociality during their tween and teen years than as small children. Perhaps its precisely their passion for learning sociality that devalues this as learning in the eyes of adults. For, if youth LIKE the subject matter, it must not be educational. Unfortunately, I fear that we are doing a disservice to youth by not acknowledging the social learning that takes place during this period. Worse, what if our efforts to curtail social interactions out of a preference for "real" learning have professional costs?"
danahboyd  education  learning  facebook  youth  socialnetworks  sociality  socialmedia  myspace  tcsnmy  parenting  socialskills  trust  respect 
december 2009 by robertogreco
the show: 07-14-06 - zefrank
"Over the last 20 years...cost of tools related to the authorship of media has plummeted. For very little money, anyone can create & distribute things like newsletters, videos, or bad-ass tunes about "ugly." Suddenly consumers are learning the language of these authorship tools. The fact that tons of people know names of fonts like Helvetica is weird! & when people start learning something new, they perceive the world around them differently. If you start learning how to play the guitar, suddenly the guitar stands out in all the music you listen to...throughout most of the history of movies, the audience didn't really understand what a craft editing was. Now, as more & more people have access to things like iMovie, they begin to understand the manipulative power of editing. Watching reality TV almost becomes like a game as you try to second-guess how the editor is trying to manipulate you."

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[Updating with lengthier quote and with a new link to the video since Mandy Brown referenced it here:


"For a very long time, taste and artistic training have been things that only a small number of people have been able to develop. Only a few people could afford to participate in the production of many types of media. Raw materials like pigments were expensive; same with tools like printing presses; even as late as 1963 it cost Charles Peignot over $600,000 to create and cut a single font family.

The small number of people who had access to these tools and resources created rules about what was good taste or bad taste. These designers started giving each other awards and the rules they followed became even more specific. All sorts of stuff about grids and sizes and color combinations—lots of stuff that the consumers of this media never consciously noticed. Over the last 20 years, however, the cost of tools related to the authorship of media has plummeted. For very little money, anyone can create and distribute things like newsletters, or videos, or bad-ass tunes about “ugly.”

Suddenly consumers are learning the language of these authorship tools. The fact that tons of people know names of fonts like Helvetica is weird! And when people start learning something new, they perceive the world around them differently. If you start learning how to play the guitar, suddenly the guitar stands out in all the music you listen to. For example, throughout most of the history of movies, the audience didn't really understand what a craft editing was. Now, as more and more people have access to things like iMovie, they begin to understand the manipulative power of editing. Watching reality TV almost becomes like a game as you try to second-guess how the editor is trying to manipulate you.

As people start learning and experimenting with these languages of authorship, they don't necessarily follow the rules of good taste. This scares the shit out of designers.
In Myspace, millions of people have opted out of pre-made templates that “work” in exchange for ugly. Ugly when compared to pre-existing notions of taste is a bummer. But ugly as a representation of mass experimentation and learning is pretty damn cool.

Regardless of what you might think, the actions you take to make your Myspace page ugly are pretty sophisticated. Over time as consumer-created media engulfs the other kind, it's possible that completely new norms develop around the notions of talent and artistic ability." ]
zefrank  design  learning  participatory  authorship  editing  understanding  culture  society  change  democratization  music  video  film  myspace  graphics  fonts  ugly  medialiteracy  tools  webrococo 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Dead Media Beat: MySpace | Beyond The Beyond
"I’m thinking we need a different model here, a social-good model. If we really want to spend all our time socializing on networks, and we don’t want to spend any money doing that, and it isn’t a profit center for anybody, and it only lasts five years tops, no matter how big it gets and how popular it gets… Then, really, these oughta be public services of some kind. And probably not American services. because the Americans are methodically destroying more wealth than most of the planet has ever seen, and American public services are lousy and tend to kill off the consumers."
deadmedia  socialnetworks  socialnetworking  brucesterling  myspace  twitter  facebook  socialmedia 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Vodafone | receiver » Blog Archive » The lamp posts on Brick Lane
"This is the irony: that in a thoroughly wired world, many of us end up feeling lonely and disconnected. ... Overdosing on mobile communication can also mess up the relationship we have with ourselves. Human beings need moments of silence and solitude: to rest and recharge, to think deeply and creatively, to look inside and confront the big questions, ΄Who am I? How do I fit into the world? What is the meaning of life?΄... Whenever a new technology comes along, it takes time to work out the cultural rules and protocols to get the most from it. Mobile communication is no exception: it is neither good nor bad, what matters is how we use it. ... [mention of several trends and initiatives] ... What all of these moves have in common is a desire to build a more measured relationship with communication technologies: to seize the moment, to make the most of now, by choosing when to log on and when to log off."
carlhonoré  slow  distraction  attention  relationships  continuouspartialattention  life  families  work  balance  slowmovement  mobilephones  technology  facebook  myspace  society  internet 
may 2009 by robertogreco
apophenia: is Facebook for old people?
"Regardless of whether or not this factor explains the differences between these teens, I can't help but wonder the significance of teens' willingness to interact with known adults on social network sites. There's nothing worse than demanding that teens accept adults in their peer space, but there's a lot to be said for teens who embrace adults there, especially non-custodial adults like youth pastors and "cool" teachers. I strongly believe that the healthiest environment we can create online is one where teens and trusted adults interact seamlessly. To the degree that this is not modeled elsewhere in society, I worry."
socialnetworks  socialnetworking  danahboyd  myspace  facebook  sociology  socialmedia  social  unschooling  generations  parenting  teaching  society  homeschool  deschooling  adults  teens  youth 
may 2009 by robertogreco
"Living and Learning with Social Media"
“it's important to realize that most teens are engaging with social media without any deep understanding of the underlying dynamics or structure. Just because they understand how to use the technology doesn't mean that they understand the information ecology that surrounds it. Most teens don't have the scaffolding for thinking about their information practices. ... because young folks pick up a technology before you do doesn't inherently mean that they understand it better than you do. Or that they have a way of putting it into context. What they're doing is not inherently more sophisticated – it's simply different. They're coming of age in a culture where these structures are just a given. They take them for granted. And they repurpose them to meet their needs. But they don't necessarily think about them. Educators have a critical role when it comes to helping youth navigate social media. You can help them understand how to make sense of what they're seeing.”
danahboyd  digitalnatives  tcsnmy  socialnetworking  socialnetworks  socialsoftware  youth  teens  online  web  education  learning  teaching  socialmedia  facebook  privacy  myspace  networks  research 
may 2009 by robertogreco
Is There a Reverse Network Effect with Scale? - ReadWriteWeb
"Here is the theory:

In a social network, the value for existing users of a new user joining the network plateaus once users have most of their own contacts in that network."
facebook  socialmedia  socialnetworking  networking  behavior  myspace  linkedin  readwriteweb  business  twitter  media  networkeffect 
march 2009 by robertogreco
Facebook in 2010: no longer a walled garden - O'Reilly Radar
"My prediction is that by the end of the year Facebook will become the most open social network on the social web. I believe that not only have they now found business value in doing so, but also truly believe that the next phase of their mission, "to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected" requires that they do so. This means that anyone building a business based on the notion that Facebook will remain a walled garden and won't adapt - as was true with traditional media when blogging came about - will have their world turned upside down this year. Disagree if you like, but my second argument is that if Facebook does not seriously embrace these ideas this year that their current position of dominance will be usurped."
facebook  open  openid  authentication  predictions  socialnetworking  google  socialnetworks  socialmedia  walledgardens  oreilly  business  myspace 
march 2009 by robertogreco
Taken Out of Context: American Teen Sociality in Networked Public by Danah Boyd [.pdf]
"My analysis centers on how social network sites can be understood as networked publics which are simultaneously (1) the space constructed through networked technologies and (2) the imagined community that emerges as a result of the intersection of people, technology, and practice. Networked publics support many of the same practices as unmediated publics, but their structural differences often inflect practices in unique ways. Four properties—persistence, searchability, replicability, and scalability—and three dynamics—invisible audiences, collapsed contexts, and the blurring of public and private—are examined and woven throughout the discussion."
danahboyd  thesis  teens  sociology  youth  socialnetworking  facebook  anthropology  myspace  socialmedia  communication  technology  internet  socialnetworks  networks  community  research  socialsoftware  identity  filetype:pdf  media:document 
january 2009 by robertogreco
Creepy Treehouse Effect: Twitter & Facebook Suck When They're Required by Your Professor ~ Stephen's Web ~ by Stephen Downes
"As usual, it seems to me, the essential issue here is ownership. "A research exercise ... has just revealed, amazingly, that students want to be left alone. Their message to the trendy academics is: 'Get out of MySpace!'" So, what to do? "A better approach to education is the idea of a Personal Learning Environment (PLE) - which [students] can invite the professor into when they feel comfortable doing so."
stephendownes  ples  twitter  myspace  colleges  universities  teaching  students  learning  education  social  socialsoftware  socialnetworks  facebook 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Putting people first » Recent videos on Fora TV
"Fora TV Fora TV (a.k.a. “the thinking man’s YouTube”) has some videos that are worth taking a look at"
clayshirky  danahboyd  socialsoftware  socialnetworks  internet  online  craigbarrett  technology  society  communication  teens  youth  facebook  myspace  secondlife  sl 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Bradley Allen [on relationships, social networks, friending, Gmail, Facebook, etc.]
"I don’t want to reduce the people I care about to checkboxes and radio buttons for all the world to see. Shouldn’t that stuff be reserved for a little black book… or character sheets in a role playing game or something? I know you guys are lovely i
socialsoftware  socialnetworks  facebook  flickr  myspace  relationships  gamechanging  time  tumblr  friendfeed  gmail 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Dude, where are my social networking wages? « javier.est
"For a minute there, it seemed like “open source” was going to be a people’s revolution...But to think that Silicon Valley is going to be the site of a digital Paris Commune? It would be like a successful Llano del Rio!"
javierarbona  opensource  socialnetworking  socialsoftware  labor  marxism  capitalism  linkedin  myspace  facebook  reddit 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Social Networking: Taking Off or Taking a Dive? - ReadWriteWeb
"new numbers coming in for social networks here in the U.S., specifically new comScore data which shows that the two biggest networks - MySpace and Facebook - are beginning to plateau in their growth."
socialnetworking  facebook  myspace  us  trends  socialnetworks 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Flexknowlogy » Defining “Creepy Treehouse”
"A place, physical or virtual, built by adults with the intention of luring in kids...Any institutionally-created, operated, or controlled environment in which participants are lured in either by mimicking pre-existing open or naturally formed environment
education  twitter  learning  elearning  technology  academia  connectivism  myspace  walledgardens  facebook  edtech  definitions  neologisms 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Vodafone | receiver magazine » #18 | Socializing digitally
"Most youth do not envision potential future interactions. Without impetus, teens rarely choose to go private on MySpace and certainly not for fear of future employers. They want to be visible to other teens, not just the people they've friended"
danahboyd  teens  youth  socialsoftware  socialnetworking  facebook  identity  myspace  research  mobile  technology  digital 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Online social networks | Everywhere and nowhere |
"So it is entirely conceivable that social networking, like web-mail, will never make oodles of money. That, however, in no way detracts from its enormous utility."...“E-mail in the wider sense is the most important social network"
business  internet  socialsoftware  socialnetworking  email  linkedin  thunderbird  facebook  myspace  tahoo  google  microsoft  aol  bebo  webmail  via:cityofsound 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Teens not so cyber-obsessed after all - but they're more social than oldsters [more digital native clarification]
"research...challenges conventional assumptions...about technological sophistication of teenagers...spend far less time online than adults...very limited number of activities...attitudes surprisingly unsophisticated"
digitalnatives  technology  online  internet  teens  youth  web  social  socialsoftware  networks  privacy  security  skills  blogs  myspace  facebook 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Facebook loses 400,000 UK users in a month - News -
"MySpace experienced a 5 per cent drop during same period...Bebo, suffered a 2 per cent drop " - Pop!
myspace  facebook  socialsoftware  socialnetworks  socialnetworking 
february 2008 by robertogreco
APA Press Release: ‘Internet Predator’ Stereotypes Debunked in New Study
"despite public concern, authors found adolescents’ use of popular social networking sites do not appear to increase risk of being victimized by online predators...risky online interactions such as talking online about sex to unknown people increases vu
internet  medialiteracy  safety  youth  teens  myspace  facebook  cyberbullying  socialsoftware  socialnetworks  socialnetworking  fear  web  online 
february 2008 by robertogreco
The Birth of the Political Long Tail - ReadWriteWeb
"What Howard Dean started in 2004 with his now famous use of to mobilize a grassroots campaign across the US, has developed further in this election cycle with the use of tools like MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube."
longtail  activism  2008  elections  youtube  twitter  facebook  myspace  howarddean  2004  barackobama  ronpaul  us  politics 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Is MySpace Good for Society? A Freakonomics Quorum - Freakonomics - Opinion - New York Times Blog
"We gathered a group of wise people who spend their days thinking about this issue — Martin Baily, Danah Boyd, Steve Chazin, Judith Donath, Nicole Ellison, and William Reader, — and asked them"
via:javierarbona  technology  myspace  society  socialnetworking  sociology  facebook  socialsoftware  twitter  internet  web  online  relationships  danahboyd 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Yahoo! oneConnect™. A whole new way to communicate on your phone.
"Yahoo! oneConnect™ will be the first product that brings it all together—your people, your life, the ways you communicate—seamlessly, into the palm of your hand."
addressbook  mobile  phones  aggregator  communication  dopplr  facebook  iphone  lastfm  networking  socialnetworks  twitter  yahoo  location  messaging  sms  im  linkedin  myspace  flickr 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Generation MySpace Is Getting Fed Up
"Annoyed with the ad deluge on social networks, many users are spending less time on the sites"
advertising  boredom  facebook  myspace  marketing  trends  teens  youth  networking  networks  socialnetworks  socialnetworking  business  future  socialmedia  decline 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Wired Magazine: How Facebook Exposed Us All as Freaks
"But the depredations of invasive capitalism pale next to the larger question: Can you stand the sight of your unwittingly reunified self — the full Dumpty? Love the Dumpty. Lose the gorilla mask. We all see through it now anyway."
facebook  social  socialnetworks  socialnetworking  society  myspace  identity  internet  sociology  networking  privacy  psychology  security 
january 2008 by robertogreco
FRONTLINE: coming soon: growing up online | PBS
"In "Growing Up Online," FRONTLINE peers inside the world of this cyber-savvy generation through the eyes of teens and their parents, who often find themselves on opposite sides of a new digital divide."
culture  danahboyd  digitalnatives  education  generations  identity  myspace  youth  children  online  facebook  documentary  socialnetworking  socialnetworks  technology  teens  youtube 
january 2008 by robertogreco
apophenia: The Economist Debate on Social "Networking"
"Tools do not define pedagogy, but pedagogy can leverage tools. The first step is understanding what the technology is about, when and where it is useful, and how it can and will be manipulated by users for their own desires."
youth  schools  teaching  learning  danahboyd  pedagogy  education  debate  controversy  community  socialsoftware  social  socialnetworks  socialnetworking  technology  myspace  facebook  wikipedia  google 
january 2008 by robertogreco
Antisocial networking « Adam Greenfield’s Speedbird
"All social-networking systems, as currently designed, demonstrably create social awkwardnesses that did/could not, exist before...[condense] full band of human relationship types to a very few crude options...“the only way to win is not to play.”"
socialnetworking  socialnetworks  social  networks  relationships  gamechanging  socialgraph  networking  friendship  culture  society  facebook  myspace  opensource  portability  adamgreenfield  interactiondesign  experiencedesign  intimacy  socialsoftware  humans  criticism  community  blogs  attention  critique  design  privacy  identity  people  metadata  etiquette 
december 2007 by robertogreco
Friending, Ancient or Otherwise - New York Times
"He says he is convinced that the popularity of social networks stems from their appeal to deep-seated, prehistoric patterns of human communication. “We evolved with speech,” he says. “We didn’t evolve with writing.”
socialnetworks  socialnetworking  human  communication  writing  speech  social  socialsoftware  networks  myspace  sl  facebook 
december 2007 by robertogreco
Unit Structures: Social Network Transitions
"So what will be the next big thing? It will be a situationally relevant social experience that exploits dense, underserved clusters, treating the ego-centric aspects as a sub-feature. I'm almost certain that the experience will be mobile based, incorpora
trends  socialmedia  socialnetworking  migration  facebook  flickr  future  locative  networkeffects  networking  socialsoftware  socialobjects  socialnetworks  myspace  community  social  mobile  networks  gamechanging 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Rough Type: Nicholas Carr's Blog: My(Work)Space
"the implications for corporate politics will be, to say the least, interesting. Just imagine what will happen when the informal organization suddenly becomes as visible as the formal one. I suspect that some people at the top of the org chart will be les
work  organizations  business  enterprise  social  networks  flow  information  formal  informal  data  communication  myspace  facebook  socialnetworks  socialnetworking  hierarchy  management  administration  structure 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Phoenix news team "investigates" new teachers' MySpace pages | Tech news blog - CNET
"What disturbs me most is that the CBS 5 story moves to the question of what kind of "higher standards" we hold teachers to and is more than willing to keep raising the bar to create wildly unrealistic standards of off-duty conduct."
teaching  myspace  privacy  facebook  work  expectations  society  behavior  administration  management  schools 
november 2007 by robertogreco
How Your Creepy Ex-Co-Workers Will Kill Facebook -- Facebook -- InformationWeek
"Columnist Cory Doctorow describes how Facebook and other social networks have built-in self-destructs: They make it easy for you to be found by the people you're looking to avoid."
corydoctorow  facebook  social  danahboyd  frinedster  myspace  socialgraph  socialnetworking  opensocial  networks  etiquette  evite  socialsoftware  socialnetworks  walledgardens  attention  blogs  convergence  networking  society  identity  privacy  culture  sociology  socialmedia  communication  aol  email  life  work  coworkers  history  trends 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Students tell universities: Get out of MySpace! | E-learning |
"Businesses are banning social networking websites like MySpace and Facebook - but, to the alarm of students, universities are using them more and more"
digitalnatives  myspace  facebook  education  socialnetworking  socialnetworks  universities  colleges  business  work  workplace  students  learning 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Cyberbullying Suicide Stokes the Internet Fury Machine
"Cyberbullying case leads to a teen girl's suicide, and an internet mob forms to take justice into its own hands. Experts say it's just the latest example of a social imperative running amok online."
activism  cyberbullying  vigilantism  mob  socialscience  socialnetworking  myspace  cyberspace  behavior  human  groups  internet  online  web  justice  society 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Too Much Information? Ignore It - New York Times
"HIS methods include practicing “selective ignorance” — tuning out pointless communiqués, random Twitters, and even world affairs...What has really turned heads is not the specific ideas, Mr. Bronson speculated, but its provocative title."
productivity  work  life  email  overload  information  management  time  balance  myspace  facebook  technology  twitter  society 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Maeda's SIMPLICITY: Clothing For The Mind
From "away messages" like earrings as an accessory, to MySpace or LinkedIn pages that constitute casual or business "mental attire," ...we live in a world where we put as much time into the clothing that we wear as we do our own online identities."
online  identity  expression  ambientintimacy  fashion  perception  internet  myspace  facebook  sms  texting  social  society  teens  youth  johnmaeda 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Lunch over IP: LIFT06: SMS is to tell you I miss you... (On the specialization of communication channels)
"people "are very good at choosing the best media for each situation". What would that be? "SMS is to tell you I miss you, Email is to organise our dinner, Voice is to say I’m late, and IM is to continue our conversation"
technology  mobile  phones  sms  texting  user  ethnography  email  etiquette  research  im  voip  blogs  blogging  myspace  gamechanging  switzerland  society  communication 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Rough Type: Nicholas Carr's Blog: The social graft
"nifty system: First you get your users to entrust personal data to you, then you not only sell that data to advertisers but you get users to be vector for the ads...what do users get in return? An animated Sprite Sips character to interact with."
socialnetworks  facebook  advertising  ads  interaction  collaboration  community  socialnetworking  datamining  privacy  myspace  business  communication  social  marketing  commentary  media  internet 
november 2007 by robertogreco
OpenSocial - Google Code
"OpenSocial provides a common set of APIs for social applications across multiple websites. With standard JavaScript and HTML, developers can create apps that access a social network's friends and update feeds."
google  opensocial  api  socialsoftware  socialnetworking  socialgraph  webdev  webapps  web2.0  javascript  identity  open  networks  networking  myspace  facebook  blogging  blogs  applications  standards  technology  linkedin  webdesign 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Whose Space? Differences Among Users and Non-Users of Social Network Sites
"people with more experience and autonomy of use are more likely to be users of such sites. Unequal participation based on user background suggests that differential adoption of such services may be contributing to digital inequality"
technology  myspace  facebook  sociology  education  society  demographics  socialnetworks  socialnetworking  culture  class  race  networks  networking  social  research  statistics  students  web 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Learning 2.0 - The Things
"Welcome to the original Learning 2.0 Program. This site was created to support PLCMC's Learning 2.0 Program; a discovery learning program designed to encourage staff to explore new technologies and reward them for doing 23 Things."
activities  business  flickr  collaboration  howto  gamechanging  community  learning  lessons  librarians  libraries  management  workshops  web2.0  web  technology  tools  resources  training  reference  networkedlearning  online  pedagogy  professionaldevelopment  courses  progress  tagging  tags  socialsoftware  socialnetworking  wikis  work  education  elearning  folksonomy  free  media  blogs  autodidacts  lcproject  homeschool  unschooling  schools  podcasts  webdesign  myspace  recording  programming  rss  onlinetoolkit  internet  content  user  webdev 
november 2007 by robertogreco
apophenia: Race/ethnicity and parent education differences in usage of Facebook and MySpace
"To my absolute delight, Eszter Hargittai (professor at Northwestern) had collected data to measure certain aspects of the divide that I was trying to articulate. Not surprising, what she was seeing lined up completely with what I was seeing on the ground
facebook  myspace  race  ethnicity  education  society  socialsoftware  socialnetworks  socialnetworking  divide  class  sociology 
november 2007 by robertogreco
IP Democracy - Where Have All the Blogs Gone?
"Is blogging now nothing more than a proving ground for would-be publishers? Will real blogs disappear now that most individuals have their own blogs in the form of Facebook or Myspace profiles?"
blogs  blogging  future  trends  myspace  writing  ambientintimacy  gamechanging  facebook  socialnetworks  socialnetworking 
november 2007 by robertogreco
/Message: Christine Rosen on Virtual Friendships And The New Narcissism
"It may seem to be less, since it is partial, but the reality is that all friendship is discontinuous, even the realest of meatworld relationships. It is a matter only of scale. And I maintain that it is these tools that will allow us to scale friendship
narcissism  ambientintimacy  continuouspartialfriendship  friendship  online  internet  socialnetworking  socialnetworks  society  relationships  authenticity  teens  networking  networks  web  identity  emotion  culture  community  facebook  myspace  self  technology  privacy  stoweboyd 
october 2007 by robertogreco
The New Atlantis - Virtual Friendship and the New Narcissism - Christine Rosen
"Real intimacy requires risk—the risk of disapproval, of heartache, of being thought a fool. Social networking websites may make relationships more reliable, but whether those relationships can be humanly satisfying remains to be seen."
socialnetworking  socialnetworks  society  jaiku  twitter  relationships  ambientintimacy  continuouspartialfriendship  authenticity  teens  networking  networks  online  web  identity  emotion  narcissism  culture  community  facebook  myspace  self  technology  internet  privacy 
october 2007 by robertogreco
What are Facebook friends for? |
"The Pharaohs built statues. Caesar put his visage on coins. We use Facebook and MySpace."
facebook  myspace  socialnetworks  socialsoftware  identity  online  internet  networking  networks  technology  society 
october 2007 by robertogreco
The Long Tail: Social Networking is a feature, not a destination
"I'm sure huge and generic social networking destinations will continue to do well, but I'm placing my bet on the biggest impact coming when social networking becomes a standard feature on all good sites, bringing community to the granular level where it
socialsoftware  socialnetworking  ning  facebook  myspace  networking  longtail  chrisanderson  networks  distributed  smallpieceslooselyjoined  trends  future  socialnetworks  community  web  internet 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Danger Room - Wired Blogs
"These "kids grew up hearing nothing but praise, all the time, everywhere. Recent childhood has been defined by ego-stroking... [They] can get disgruntled if not praised for simply 'showing up' at work," according to the report, which calls the millenials
millennials  myspace  socialnetworks  socialsoftware  socialnetworking  trends  military  demographics  generations  humor  war  parenting  youth  children  culture  psychology  self-esteem 
september 2007 by robertogreco
US Navy calls MySpace kids an "Alien Life Force" - Boing Boing
"And because the kids are such "coddled," "narcissistic praise junkies," they'll be beyond tough to bring into the military. Propensity to join the armed forces among these so-called "millennials" has dropped to as little as 3%; that's down from 26% in 20
millennials  myspace  socialnetworks  socialsoftware  socialnetworking  trends  military  demographics  generations  humor  war  parenting  youth  children  culture  psychology  self-esteem 
september 2007 by robertogreco
MySpace strikes back - Sep. 19, 2007
"Facebook, Schmacebook. Rupert Murdoch's social-network play may be the template for the media company of the future, writes Fortune's David Kirkpatrick."
facebook  myspace  future  socialnetworks  socialsoftware  socialnetworking  media  video  social  web  internet  technology 
september 2007 by robertogreco
Girl Power - - Ashley Qualls - Nabbr
"No rich relatives? No professional mentors? No problem. Ashley Qualls, 17, has built a million-dollar web site. She's LOL all the way to the bank. :)"
blogs  myspace  entrepreneurship  girls  kids  teens  webdesign  business  innovation  socialnetworks  dropouts  webdev 
september 2007 by robertogreco
Olia Lialina: Vernacular Web 2
"here’s the question: how does the Web look now, when it’s no longer seen as the technology of the future, when it’s intertwined with our daily lives and filled by people who are not excited by the mere fact of its existence?"
webdesign  culture  teens  fashion  facebook  myspace  net  education  design  society  style  website  webdev  web  online  internet  history  globalization  anthropology 
september 2007 by robertogreco
Slap in the Facebook: It's Time for Social Networks to Open Up
"It's time to take our personal data out of Mr. McGregor's little gardens and put it back where it belongs -- free and open on the open web....anyone can create a page that includes all of the fun stuff found in a Facebook profile. (using Flickr, del.icio
attention  blogging  commons  community  criticism  culture  facebook  socialnetworking  socialsoftware  myspace  flickr  open  opensource  openid  networks  networking  mososo  mobile  internet  iphone  technology  portable  privacy  identity  free  opinion  standards  software  data  socialnetworks  usability  twitter  reading  aggregator  social 
august 2007 by robertogreco
MediaShift . Fear Factor::Dangers Overblown for Teens Using Social Media | PBS
"The problem with this message is that it’s both fear-based and divorced from reality...Most teens aren’t talking to strangers online. They’re just socializing with the same friends they see in person at school or met at summer camp."
safety  online  teens  media  education  fear  internet  children  culture  blogging  socialnetworking  schools  parenting  youth  web  myspace 
july 2007 by robertogreco
20 Ways To Aggregate Your Social Networking Profiles
"Social network aggregators is a relatively new breed of applications which try to consolidate all your various social networking profiles into one, with varying success. Let’s check out 20 biggest competitors in this field."
aggregator  socialnetworking  social  socialsoftware  internet  profile  tools  onlinetoolkit  online  profiles  digg  flickr  identity  myspace  software  youtube  twitter  networking  personal 
july 2007 by robertogreco
Facebook is the new AOL (
"As it happens, we already have a platform on which anyone can communicate and collaborate with anyone else, individuals and companies can develop applications which can interoperate with one another through open and freely available tools, protocols, and
api  facebook  socialsoftware  technology  web2.0  open  networking  myspace  socialnetworks  smallpieceslooselyjoined  social  trends  platforms  aol  critique  kottke  comparison  walledgardens  socialnetworking  openness 
june 2007 by robertogreco
Powell's Books - Review-a-Day - Generation Myspace: Helping Your Teen Survive Online Adolescence by Candice M Kelsey, reviewed by The Atlantic Monthly
"Kelsey describes an experiment she conducts each year in which kids are asked not to log on for an entire week. Many of them can't hack it, but the ones who do often find themselves happier and calmer."
caitlinflanagan  myspace  teens  youth  books  online  internet  safety  socialsoftware  socialnetworks  society  parenting 
june 2007 by robertogreco
Demos | Publications | Their Space
"how [children with technology] build relationships...create original content...skills children are developing ...creativity, communication and collaboration...will enable them to succeed in a globally networked, knowledge-driven economy."
children  technology  informal  learning  online  internet  content  communication  social  socialsoftware  socialnetworks  mobile  myspace  research  education  blogs  chat  blogging 
may 2007 by robertogreco
Don't Tell Your Parents: Schools Embrace MySpace -
"Elgg represents a shift from aging, top-down classroom technologies like Blackboard to what e-learning practitioners call personal learning environments"
education  schools  online  learning  collaborative  collaboration  socialsoftware  social  socialnetworks  myspace  elgg  ning  teaching  ples 
april 2007 by robertogreco
Pew Internet: Teens, Privacy and SNS
"Teens, Privacy and Online Social Networks: How teens manage their online identities and personal information in the age of MySpace"
internet  online  privacy  security  teens  safety  pew  research  community  social  socialsoftware  socialnetworks  identity  networks  myspace 
april 2007 by robertogreco
Raph’s Website » ETech07 liveblog: Incantations for Muggles
"Incantations for Muggles: The Role of Ubiquitous Web 2.0 Technologies in Everyday Life" - notes on Danah Boyd talk
demographics  generations  privacy  sociology  technology  web  youth  danahboyd  facebook  myspace  socialsoftware  socialnetworks  social  magic  design  aging  twitter  raphkoster 
march 2007 by robertogreco
Demos | Publications | Their Space
"Their Space: Education for a digital generation draws on qualitative research with children and polling of parents to counter the myths obscuring the true value of digital media."
children  youth  education  teens  technology  digital  online  media  internet  web  parenting  myths  learning  society  assessment  collaboration  creativecommons  reference  e-learning  facebook  socialnetworks  research  resources  social  students  study  myspace  socialsoftware  blogs  web2.0 
january 2007 by robertogreco
apophenia: a few more thoughts on child abuse, sexual predators, and the moral panic
"while the hype and paranoia continues, researchers are showing that teens are safer than adults think. Even The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is saying that things are getting better"
safety  children  online  parenting  society  perspective  schools  truth  reason  panic  teens  myspace  media  abuse 
january 2007 by robertogreco
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