Tweet into meaning

Sociologist Erving Goffmanll said that all of life is performance, and Peggy Orenstein in the NYTimes says that Twitter is a new stage. Jeff Jarvis is getting ready to write a book about “abundant publicness” and some of the thoughts and quotes from the linked post are thought provoking. “Once-abundant privacy is now scarce. Once-scarce […]

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A few recent thought provokers on living the linked life

Bruce Schneier: Privacy in the Age of Persistence: We must, all of us together, start discussing this major societal change and what it means. And we must work out a way to create a future that our grandchildren will be proud of. Nick Bilton: NYTimes: ‘Controlled Serendipity’ Liberates the Web: We are no longer just […]

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danah boyd On Facebook, Class, Privacy, and Public-ness

danah boyd: “Facebook’s move ain’t about changes in privacy norms” Public-ness has always been a privilege. For a long time, only a few chosen few got to be public figures. Now we’ve changed the equation and anyone can theoretically be public, can theoretically be seen by millions. So it mustn’t be a privilege anymore, eh? […]

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There’s a paradox at work – Social Software and Media links for Thursday

Clay Shirky: Help, the Price of Information Has Fallen, and It Can’t Get Up The interesting thing about this piece, written way back in 1995, is that it leaves wide open the concept of information. Just what is information? People instinctively grasp for “facts” as their definition. But in computing, we think otherwise. Can music […]

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Living in the public – not there yet

Jeff Jarvis: The perils of publicness: There’s an old social norm at work here that is, I think, an extension of old media, which says: You put yourself out there, so you put yourself at risk for getting attacked. This implies it is almost your fault for getting attacked. This is a basis of the […]

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Social Software Links: Activism and Privacy Edition

Penny Arcade! posted a comic that summarizes what many think of online anonymity and the Internet: John Gabriel’s Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory: Normal Person + Anonymity + Audience = Total Fuckwad. Up until the past few weeks, I would have agreed. But now I am starting to adopt a more nuanced view. I don’t want […]

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