Social Networking == Social Division?

You would think after 20 years of the Web, we would come to a better understanding that it either helps us connect, or helps us segregate. You’d be wrong. Following is some research and reading. But first… What do you think? How diverse are the people you associate with as friends on Facebook or Twitter? […]

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Quotable – out of context – but worth it – on maybe why Bill O’Reilly is more popular than Bill Moyers?

Alan Kay on comp.lang.smalltalk.squeak.beginners: Re: Smalltalk Data Structures and Algorithms: What is wrong? Why is mere opinion so dominating discussions held on the easiest medium there has ever been that can provide substantiations with just a little curiosity and work? Is the world completely reverting to an oral culture of assertions held around an electronic […]

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For Arpit – who is Clay Shirky?

This is a backgrounder primarily for Arpit who discussed with a few thoughts on Clay Shirky’s latest piece on Newspapers. I wrote an intro for readers of paradox1x, on Clay Shirky, back in September. A few favorite pieces: Help, the Price of Information Has Fallen, and It Can’t Get Up A Group Is Its Own […]

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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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