Well this explains why ‘Top 10′ stories are so popular

Spiegel: SPIEGEL Interview with Umberto Eco: ‘We Like Lists Because We Don’t Want to Die’: The list is the origin of culture. It’s part of the history of art and literature. What does culture want? To make infinity comprehensible. It also wants to create order — not always, but often. And how, as a human […]

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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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“Computer Science is Really a Social Science” and danah boyd joins Microsoft Researc

Two links from Jon Pincus of Microsoft Research: research.microsoft.com, January 2005: Jonathan D. Pincus,: Computer Science is Really a Social Science Jon Pincus, on his blog, sharing the recent news regarding danah boyd joining Microsoft Research’s New England Lab

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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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A mash of cogsci, socioliology, and psychiatry interesting links

WashingtonPost: Bytes of Life: For Every Move, Mood and Bodily Function, There’s a Web Site to Help You Keep Track Jeff Jarvis: The perils of publicness The Atlantic: He Saw It Coming: The forgotten filmmaker who anticipated our modern media madness: …the world his early films anticipated is the world we inhabit now. Like no […]

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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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