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Networking Knowledge: Sharing is Caring

Hi All,

I will be doing “Next Topics” on Mobile Applications. (Overlaps somewhat with Augemented Reality topic Ryan has, but I am thinking about making it more general, and about mobile shopping.)

Or about 3D technology.

» Posted By DanJee On April 19, 2010 @ 1:28 pm

What is a museum in 2010?

I think this is a very interesting and a growing concept. I remember seeing similar things about digital city tours: save the hotel reservations and plane tickets and the physical pain of walking around or cycling around a famous city, but rather to engage in a city tour with a voice-over guide and other people on-line. However, I am not sure if these virtual museums will ultimately work out. There is something visceral and real about seeing an artwork or an architecture in real life. Virtual museum or tour only utilizes two of our five sense: vision and audio. In order to make a full experience, and for virtual tour to completely take over, technology must develop ways to incorporate touch, smell, and taste.

» Posted By DanJee On March 30, 2010 @ 3:10 pm

Are Mobile Donations Safe? Why do they take so long? What can we do next?

I personally think that it is just as easy (or dangerous) to be involved in a mobile donation scam as on-line or telephone or television. The level of transparency, if you look into it carefully enough, are similar. However, what I do think makes mobile SMS donation more dangerous is that the it can be more impulsive, and can be completed more easily. I think it would be interesting to look into how process can be un-done if one finds out something he/she didn’t notice initially about the SMS donation.

» Posted By DanJee On March 30, 2010 @ 3:16 pm

No Strings Attached – Does Web 2.0 Aid Sexual Liberation?

I find your topic interesting and hope you will be able to find some interesting results, but I disagree with would make a counter-argument on your presumption on “Norms in courtship rituals are defined by the media. For those who are not ideal consumers – such as obese teens who do not fit mass-produced clothing, isolated individuals who do not belong to predefined subcultures, desperate adults who have lost the ability to communicate, or alienated professionals looking for instant passion – these rituals sometimes become impossible to negotiate.”

I would argue that this is not driven by a social norm and pressure to conform, but rather driven by individual motives themselves. From an evolutionary psychological point of view, it is only natural for a person to feel attracted to the person most likely to be the dominant player in the society. In other words, I do not think it is the media that defines these boundaries at all, but the people themselves even when they are not under the influence of media.

» Posted By DanJee On March 2, 2010 @ 2:09 pm

Can you influence NBC’s Feast Rank, and do restaurants care about their ranking?

While I am definitely interested in founding out if we can influence and trick the system, I wonder how vulnerable their system might be. Do we know what sites are actually covered by the system? They won’t be able to reveal all sites they look into, but they might be able to reveal some sites. 107 reviews on Yelp seems like an awful lot to be ignored. Could it be that Feast is a looping system to reinforce any NBC media channels? For example, any review sites related or owned by NBC (or GE, or Comcast) are perhaps weighted more to intentionally loop the system?

» Posted By DanJee On March 2, 2010 @ 2:03 pm

Can Technology replace Human Intelligence?

I would argue that Aardvark is fundamentally different from algorithm-based AI. Aardvark is a social search engine. I would argue that its assumption is not based on trusting technology but the direct opposite–It is about trusting the people and hoping that through this technology channel that I can find PEOPLE who can answer my question.

I would reiterate Mushon’s point that Aardvark is not about human against technology (I think you could make an argument that Pandora is) but wisidom of the crowd.

» Posted By DanJee On March 2, 2010 @ 2:16 pm

White House Visitor Logs: Transparency or Bust?

I am looking forward to your next post on this about the angle mass media is taking on this and how this has been received by the public (if there was any response at all) given the poor approval rate on Obama.

I personally feel pretty negative about this. This list doesn’t seem useful or even transparent as they claim. In fact, I think it can make who visits White House more non-transparent by altering the list and misleading the readers from gaining 100% view. I cannot imagine that the government would not alter the list if needed. For example, if they know that a known terrorist suspect entered the White House would they actually reveal the list to the public risking the massive publicity damage?

» Posted By DanJee On March 2, 2010 @ 2:53 pm

How can somebody spy on your webcam?

I was very interested in this issue when it first got released to the press. However, I think this is an extreme case. Clearly, the school administrative people had way too much free time and were in way over their heads. Absolutely no doubt that they stepped over a legal boundary there. But with regards to hackers being able to spy on you through webcam, this is not a new idea. However, I highly highly doubt hackers with such capabilities would bother to do something like this while they could be destroying the world with other menacing things.

» Posted By DanJee On March 2, 2010 @ 2:21 pm

Cyber Sex and Booty Calls

Very interesting. Provocative. I have been seeing a lot of press/blogs about “sexting”. Also, recently saw something about some lady stalking and sexually harassing a 14 year-old boy through Playstation Home. This is definitely a topic that needs some coverage with digital blurring the boundary to traditionally taboo areas.

» Posted By DanJee On February 23, 2010 @ 3:28 pm

Welcome to the White House: Please Sign In

I am guessing that this is any visitors, as in like tourists. In such case, why should they be commended or releasing this record. People seem so obsessed about others knowing what they do. Would they care about everybody in the world knowing that they visited the White House last week? I personally think Obama is completely lost. He has better things to do than worry about releasing visitors list that nobody cares about. Visitors is a government property since the White House is a government property and they can keep it to themselves if they want to.

» Posted By DanJee On February 23, 2010 @ 3:46 pm

God Help Me – I’ve Joined the Tea Party!!!

Tea Party is definitely an interesting topic. I am personally, however, concerned how this will related back to new media. Would you be looking into how Tea Party members organize and mobilize through new media? I think Tea Party movement by itself is very much a political movement, but if you look through the new media lens and how it has become publicized or evolved through new media, it could relate back to the class.

» Posted By DanJee On February 23, 2010 @ 3:50 pm

Apple vs. Nintendo & Sony: Round 1- FIGHT!

Interesting. While a lot of people are not always interested or engaged in gaming, I think gamers are often the early-adopters who force technology to advance and challenge itself. It would be very interesting to see what the game world is doing with Apple and how they are “fighting” or “cooperating”. It definitely is a topic that we have not had a chance to look a lot into in class.

» Posted By DanJee On February 23, 2010 @ 3:30 pm

NBC is getting into restaurant reviews?

Very interesting. Algorithms to take into account all reviews from the web. I wonder how systematically sound the algorithm is and what they are using to evaluate these reviews. I know the for social media these machines can linguistically evaluate positive, neutral, or negative reviews, but reviews they are evaluating are often very short. Being that these reviews will involve long articles, I wonder how they are doing this. Or if they are using any specialized vendors who are capable of performing this.

» Posted By DanJee On February 23, 2010 @ 3:41 pm



As you mentioned, there are a lot of similarities between your post and some content in my post. I definitely think that there are some “fear” from businesses about losing control by using social media. However, this is really an ignorance by the businesses, because whether they choose to participate or not, they are still being discussed on-line.

Yet, I must disagree with the statement that most companies are reluctant to use social media. More and more companies are realizing the importance of presence in social media and are looking to get more involved with it actively.

Also, I do think social media by itself can be an important goal in brand messaging. Just by mere presence and maintenance, they are aiding their branding effort.

» Posted By DanJee On February 16, 2010 @ 4:27 pm

Twitter and Geotagging: The Conclusion

I do think there needs to be broader look at the geo-tagging not just in Twitter, but more holistically. Only 0.23% of Tweets might be geo-tagged, but from an overall perspective I definitely think people are becoming more willing to share information about their geographical locations. The boom in Foursquare for instance speaks very loudly on the issue that people want to let other know where they are, almost constantly.

I believe 0.23% is very much skewed because of the default opt-out option. Other metrics should be used to measure the general sentiment by the overall population.

» Posted By DanJee On February 16, 2010 @ 4:34 pm

Gawker Stalker map conclusion

Interesting thing about the fake Gawker sighting. It might related very well to Harris’s travelogue about lying. Interesting to know that the Stalker Map was very short lived and denied of its existence.

» Posted By DanJee On February 16, 2010 @ 4:39 pm

Stalker map no more?

I think it definitely warrants some additional digging to find out if it is actually down now and if so, why it had to go down. Was it a legal issue? Was it because of technical issues? Or was there just not as much demand as people thought there to be?

» Posted By DanJee On February 9, 2010 @ 10:15 am

wHU’s winning or LU’sing in the Online Battle for TV & Movies???

With regards to Hulu vs. YouTube, I give Hulu my vote for watching television online. (Or at least so far). The ability for Hulu to stream high-quality video directly to my TV through Blu-Ray is pretty amazing. It negates any need to actually purchase Tivo or DVR. I just have a sub-computer that does everything for me. How it will change when there is a fee associated with it? I don’t know, but it will be interesting to keep an eye on.

» Posted By DanJee On February 9, 2010 @ 2:35 pm

Do we verify the facts we read online?

I think this is a very interesting topic to investigate into. Certainly, it is a social concern and phenomenon that has changed our ways of life. However, I do want to recommend that this experiment be set up in a scientific manner rather than a simple ethnography. I have always found ethnographic research to be interesting but in an anecdotal manner than an actual proof. Having some numbers behind the experiment, such as X% of people actually clicked through or X% went on to search more about this topic would be more solid irrefutable argument.

» Posted By DanJee On February 9, 2010 @ 10:21 am

Week 3 Summary: Networked Groups and Social Networks

With regards to the Boyd article, again she has proven to present her argument in logical and methodical fashion that has been effective in influencing my opinion. Her main points on Persistence, Searchability, Replicability, and Invisible Audiences are quite insightful. However, by differentiating adults from teens, I think she undermines her own argument a bit. What about 30 years from now? Teens will become adults and this will no longer be a subject of debate.

With regards to Shirky, I cannot but be amazed at how much this is aligned with the traditional urban sociological theories of “Community Saved” by Claude Fisher and “Community Liberated” by Barry Wellman. Fisher had pointed out that as the societies become more urbanized more vibrant sub-culture will begin to form to accommodate for people’s more specific and individualized needs. Wellman had argued that with advances in technology (in his case telephone), such subcultures will no longer be bound by geographical limitations. What Shirky says about on-line community and organizations are perfect comprise of these two traditional theories.

» Posted By DanJee On February 9, 2010 @ 10:11 am

Travelogue 2: Facebook vs MySpace! Updated 2/7/10

I think another interesting perspective could be why MySpace is decline (and Friendster heading to almost non-existence in North America) while Facebook is becoming the end all to ultimate social media machines. Exploring a bit more into why Facebook has been able to not only survive, but thrive might provide some interesting insights.

» Posted By DanJee On February 1, 2010 @ 10:27 pm

Week 2 Summary

Harris, you are incorrect about cookies. Cookies cannot by law and by design contain any personally identifiable information. It is in fact quite naive to say that a cookie is equal to a person. In fact, it is more reliable to link a person by an IP Address. IP Address cannot be deleted. It is a unique number attached to your computer. Cookie, on the other hand, is a number assigned to a user on a browser basis. In other words, on the same exact computer, you open a IE, you are assigned one cookie, but if you open a Firefox, you are assigned another one. I am not familiar with the AOL incident, but a simple search told me that AOL didn’t reveal personal data, but search queries. The one user who actually someone was able to identify happened because she searched herself, search her address, searched her social security number.

Cookies can be disabled whenever you want, and deleted in fact. In fact, industry knowledge tell us that on average 25% of the cookies are unreliable since because of cookie deletion. How can cookies be possibly tied back to a user on a legal level if this is the case? You don’t even know who the person was sitting in front of the computer when the web activity was cookied. On the web tech hierarchy, IP Address are more reliable. Cookie is useful information, but far far far from being the absolute be all and end all.

» Posted By DanJee On February 2, 2010 @ 1:54 pm

Standing at the Crossroads of New Media

I am definitely very intrigued by the online TV idea. I have actually debated couple of weeks ago whether to discontinue cable at my apartment or not. It seems like I am reverting to on-line media more for television. Ultimately, the deciding factor came down to live sports in high definition, but it was an extremely difficult dilemma. I think exploring the Hulu phenomenon and other internet TV (like Justin.tv) is a fabulous idea. On-line music is somewhat in a similar line with the Hulu idea, but I definitely think Hulu is more interesting than music or China.

» Posted By DanJee On February 1, 2010 @ 10:14 pm

Schoolyard Foursquare or an Elusive Treasure Hunt? Oh, What to do?

Count me as another person who is not familiar with Geocaching, but I think FourSquare is a pretty cool idea too. As a person who started using FourSquare only few weeks ago, I think it is a pretty interesting social phenomenon. One of their tokens describe my sentiment towards it very well: “Overshare”. I think it relates to how people want to overshare themselves now. In line with what we discussed last week in class and also with the Danah Boyd article, people want to become more public than ever. FourSquare lets people know when and where they are constantly to their friends. I would be interested in learning more about it.

» Posted By DanJee On February 1, 2010 @ 10:32 pm


Just a side comment, but that Journey campaign for Louis Vuitton was made by Frederic Bonn, who works in my office. Check out the Journey campaign site, which is actually really cool. It was a big thing about lifestyle advertising instead of direct response type.

» Posted By DanJee On January 31, 2010 @ 8:46 am

TV, the Tyrant – Travelogue-1

Yes, you are correct in that it is the TV networks that decide what to put on its network and what people will see. What ad will be shown and what types of content will be available. However, I very much agree to Nadine. As Nadine pointed out, TV is often recognized as a one-way medium, but it really is two-way system. TV networks try to show content that people will like, not force them to like something. By showing what people want, it will boost the ratings, which brings in more advertising, which brings in the money. TV is far from being not receptive to its audience. Because it cannot cater its content to specific audience like internet or even magazines can, it must be even more receptive to its audience, who are more likely to involve broad spectrum of people.

» Posted By DanJee On January 26, 2010 @ 5:50 pm

Week 1 Travelogue

I am completely agree with the complaining/conspiracy theory part of your post. I, too, feel like the documentary was interesting, but lacking in making the argument convincing. Few bits and pieces of self-research here and there show that Curtis only showed half of the picture.

» Posted By DanJee On January 25, 2010 @ 9:53 am

Travelogue 1 – The Trap/Adam Curtis

I mention in my post as well, but I think your point about Game Theory is based on narrowed-down version Curtis showed. Nash equilibrium is only one half of Game Theory solution. It is completely not the case that Nash equilibrium negates the socially optimal solution point. The Prisoner’s Dilemma example is a unique example in which the two are different, which is what makes it interesting. In more cases, the game theory solution are solutions that yields outcome best for all parties involved.

» Posted By DanJee On January 25, 2010 @ 9:45 am

Fear vs. Love

I think your statement about fear versus love brings about an interesting argument. From behavioral psychology point, it has been ever-present argument. Positive Reinforcement versus Negative Reinforcement. Studies tend to show that positive reinforcement is better for retaining learned behaviors, but negative reinforcement seems to have more quick response. However, recent studies about “learned helplessness” also suggests that too much negative reinforcement will make the subject just give up and stop trying. It is somewhat in agreement with your last point about finding a balance between love and fear.

» Posted By DanJee On January 26, 2010 @ 1:02 am

The Trap / Adam Curtis

I think the dark and selfish vision of the society Curtis pictures is perfectly aligned with the development of New Media. Louis Wirth had suggested that in modern society (his version of modern was 1930′s), people are becoming more transactional and rational in their interaction towards one another. This was the theory of “Community Lost”. This is very much similar to the society Curtis showed us. However, Claude Fischer counter-argued that in urbanized culture, people may have become economic in their transaction in the mass culture, but more vibrant subculture. This is the “Community Saved” theory. Finally, Responding to the “Community Lost” hypothesis of Wirth and to the “Community Saved” hypothesis of Fischer, Barry Wellman instead argues—in “The Community Question”—that modern technologies of today have allowed for progression of urban cities into post-ecological realm, beyond the theories presented by Wirth and Fischer with their ecology-based arguments. Wellman instead proposes the “Community Liberated” hypothesis on the modern culture.

This “Liberated” version in the evolution of modern culture is exactly where New Media have become integral in. While Wellman was referring to development and invention of telephone, Internet exponentially validates his theory. In fact, development of social media validates all three hypothesis of modern culture.

People live more and more in digital space, and in the “real” life have become more and more rational and cold towards one another as Curtis described in “The Trap” and as Wirth described. However, the social media outlet created subcultures and communities far more vibrant and active in digital space than one could ever imagine for physical world. This validates Fischer’s hypothesis. Finally, not having to interact physically and becoming more engaged in digital medium have “liberated” people from physical boundaries of culture.

In other words, the cold version of culture Curtis described developed concurrently more vibrant and warner digital society in its parallel universe.

» Posted By DanJee On January 26, 2010 @ 2:12 am

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