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New Media and The Digital Natives – Reading Summary

Honieh, have you read the Zittrain book? I read parts of it and although I got the overall summary of it and what he’s saying, I found parts of it kind of hard to read. But maybe it was just me.

» Posted By ElzbthMllr On April 27, 2010 @ 9:25 am

This week’s readings – Nationalism, Postnationalism and Digital Power

I agree with Frost that it’s inherently problematic to assume that it’s possible to have a common political culture and subsequently a postnationalist society, and to assume that the Internet can help spread this sense of so-called global solidarity. First of all, with respect to the concepts of community, I agree there are issues with anonymity and building solidarity, the fact that identities change etc, but I think to a large extent the Internet is simply codifying existing identities and communities. I think the issues related to political engagement are discussed very well in the Morozov and Shirky piece, which I’ll write my thoughts on in a second. I also think there are issues related to social inclusively and the digital divide that play into what Frost is saying. As we’ve discussed in class, the divisions between the haves and the have nots are great, not just in terms of who has access to the Internet and who doesn’t, but the fact that a good portion of what is online is in English also limits people to take part in these online discussions. We’ve talked about the problem of new media elites before, and I think we can see it at play again with respect to the issues of this article.

The Morozov & Shirky piece was as great as everyone said it was. I think Morozov really hits on a key point when he says that companies like Twitter and Google are first and foremost about making profit and that they they aren’t tied to spreading American ideals. Morozov is right about the “politicization attached to the use of Twitter, Google”, I can’t tell you how many conferences have had panel discussions I’ve attended in the past year that have at least focused on this issue if not head on, then tangentially where people/experts discuss the politiciziation of these technologies and tools. And the fact that it’s even spread to the non-profit community which is saying something. I do think that Shirky is correct however, when he says that the fact that repressive governments shut down sites like Facebook is to dampen the public sphere and that those regimes are “right in fearing better social coordination among the public.” I also thought about this discussion in context of last week’s readings and the Sunstein readings/presentations. If these groups use the Internet for better communication and to self organize, does it mean that they will become more become divided and polarized, which could eventually lead to increased racial and cultural divide, political rifts, etc? If so, does this make the case, as Shirky makes, for governments reacting to harshly to these social media tools that allow these groups to form? Hard to say, as Morozov points out, these groups have been doing this kind of stuff for decades, although there is something inherently different about how they are doing it now with technology, as Shirky argues. Morozov’s chicken or egg question about what comes first, democracy or Internet-based contention really seems to be at the heart of this discussion. I think it’s pretty interesting and it’s hard to say whose side I ultimately agree with, I might say Morozov, although I think both he and Shirky are right in different ways and we can talk about it in class.

As for the responses, I think Carr is right when he points out that the question is to whether Net “might be promoting a certain (hedonism-based) ideology that may actually push [people] further away from any meaningful engagement in politics?” I think Shirky can point out examples where this isn’t the case, but I agree that it’s something worth exploring more, because it lies at the heart of this discussion between the two. Dyson’s response addresses the tension of authority, and who has power, and what they decide to do with that vis a vis the Internet. Lastly, I think Lanier makes an important point about how we expect tools like Facebook and Twitter to improve democracy elsewhere when they haven’t done that here in the United States! I also agree with Lanier that there seems to be more failures of mob-like effects than the delights or successes.

» Posted By ElzbthMllr On April 25, 2010 @ 8:50 pm

New Media and the (Uncertain) Future of Journalism

Thanks Nadine. I’m writing a paper on this for our Media Policy and Regulation class and I talk a lot about ProPublica!

» Posted By ElzbthMllr On April 19, 2010 @ 4:18 pm

Weekly Summary: Education Evolution in the Age of New Media

I think that Tapscott hits on a lot of key issues, but I think what is at the heart of all them is that “universities are finally losing their monopoly on higher learning”, and I don’t think they are going to just let it go nicely :) I think we will also run into a lot of cultural issues, where we see the resistance in certain areas, such as the fact that still having a degree from a certain university means something, it may just be a piece of paper, but I don’t think we are going to be at a point within the next few decades where we see such a rapid decline in the traditional structures of learning. My guess is that for disciplines that are more traditional, such as science, medicine, law, business, etc, will be the most resistant to this kind of change. It seems to me that they have the most to lose from this kind of shift away from the traditional models of learning and academia. Other disciplines however, like journalism have to be more innovative in the way they approach learning with students, simply because they have to or they will not succeed. There is some innovative stuff going on here at NYU also with our journalism department as an example with Jay Rosen and his Studio 20 program.

I do think that something fundamentally good is coming out of the changes that universities are being forced to deal with, the increase in people’s desire to go to college, the thinking that people can gain knowledge in so many different ways, but I think of this own class as a particular example. Yes, the majority of what was assigned and that we read/watched or talked about is available online, could I have just read that all on my own, talked about it with friends and saved myself (or my work) a few thousand bucks? For me, the answer is clearly no, I need that structure, the guidelines are how to navigate the readings, and to pick out what is important etc. It’s a serious question though, especially with the rising cost of universities which makes so much of this learning prohibited for such a large group of people. I think there is a lot to be gained from the lecture style of learning sometimes in certain situations where it is appropriate, because they are the best in their field, because they are more knowledgeable than me about a situation etc, but I have always felt that the best teachers have been able to engage a classroom and have that interactive dynamic. For me, I go to learn from people who are experts, and to have them help me shape my ideas, yet I see, sometimes in my own classes, that this may be changing the style of how classes are taught/structured, etc. I actually think this is a really fascinating time to be studying education, and how technology has changed the way that we think.

For me, I always make the case about learning how to do something, whether it’s writing well, or being able to comprehend what I’m reading, and that so much of what we learned in school is about finding out those structures. I mean, how is it different now when a kid asks, well why should I know XYZ when I can run to wikipedia and look it up, vs when I was in grade school, I didn’t understand the importance of learning long division, when I knew there would always be a calculator around? It’s just that the explosion of available information is so great, and I think that both of the readings this week are good to address what has changed from the student’s perspective as much as from the perspective of the university, or the educator that the university has hired to do a class. However, I do think that we have to talk about the digital divide, and these issues impact that. Is it elitist to say that the institution of universities are in a demise? Is it hopeful? What does it mean for people who haven’t traditionally had access, who couldn’t afford to go to college, etc. There’s also a lot to be said for the social aspect of colleges and universities, and understanding how that may or may not change given new models in education. So much our culture is built on the networks we establish in our fields while we are studying, how would that potentially change with a new system? I think that is something that Sunstein is talking about when he writes, “Without shared experiences, members of a heterogeneous society will have a difficult time addressing social problems, since people will find it increasingly hard to understand one another.” Again, I think we will see a real push back from universities who don’t want to lose the authority and hierarchy they have spent decades building. But we will see…

Again, we’ve talked about this in class, but if Mushon had taught us remotely for the entire 15 weeks or whatever it was, and even if the technology had been totally perfect, would it have been the same? Or at least, a good enough replacement for actual in person learning? This is just one example, every single student would have been in a different room participating via webcams, and that would have added another element to it. What about students taking courses from different schools to make up their own major? These kinds of things don’t seem to be too far off in the future, at least in the ideas of people who think that this would benefit our current education system, but it’s hard to tell what a certain degree will be worth in the future, as well as how they will be structured. It will be interesting to watch!

» Posted By ElzbthMllr On April 19, 2010 @ 7:27 am

Online collaboration–pre-conclusion.

Looking forward to the conclusion! I really like how you integrated last week’s readings into your posts. Can’t wait to see the winning pictures. If this takes off you should create a website with all the finalists etc, I think that’d be cool. You could also allow users to rate the photographs themselves, getting people more involved that way (think of what makes websites like KittenWar.com successful). Good luck with the rest of the project! I think your use of media is great too, and I liked how you were consistent in certain areas with the photographs from last week, I recognized the fonts etc, which made it have a nice fluidity.

» Posted By ElzbthMllr On April 13, 2010 @ 7:42 am

Museums struggling for life?

Very interesting! I think you hit on several interesting points, particularly that museums really have to do all that they can to engage people. I’m worried that you found the experience a bit disappointing however, because if museums are in fact losing their audiences, then the way to get them back isn’t to throw a lot of bells and whistles at them with technology, but to do it in a way that is engaging. Whether that’s through advance marketing to encourage people to come into the museum, whether it’s through social networking while physically at the museum (eg group tours, discussion groups etc). I’ll definitely be looking to see if more museums go the route of the Whitney. I will also be curious to see if more museums do things like online podcasts/slideshows to reach audiences that may not be able to physically get to a museum. Very interesting and I learned a lot. Thanks!

» Posted By ElzbthMllr On April 13, 2010 @ 7:59 am

Ice Cream Spy’s Conclusion…For Now…

This is my favorite travalogue of the semester! You seriously did such a good job and I’m so impressed. Getting stickers on the trucks is a really great idea. I also like Juliette’s idea about offering special discounts to clients that found their trucks through you. I think the next step is to get more followers on Twitter, though you definitely have a good start. Try adding yourself to the Twitter Directory and Search, WeFollow: http://wefollow.com/. I think as the weather warms up you will only get more and more tagged trucks. Then you can expand it to other cities! Great great job.

» Posted By ElzbthMllr On April 13, 2010 @ 7:38 am

Networking Knowledge: Sharing is Caring

For my “More Topics in Digital Media”, I’m going to choose “New Media and the Future of Journalism.” I wanted to post this early, in case it is a fairly popular topic. For suggested readings on the issue, stay tuned!

» Posted By ElzbthMllr On April 13, 2010 @ 8:30 pm

Weekly Summary: Genomes, Singularity, and Biomedia

I found the Enriquez video so fascinating. It’s hard because I feel so conflicted about so much of these genome research. On the one hand I see so many possibilities, and the scenarios that he mentions with respect to drug therapy, and understanding how things like cancer works, and how eventually we’ll be bale to do things like grow body parts for people, it’s just crazy to me! I remember when the first sheep was cloned and I just couldn’t get over it. But something about it is unsettling to me. And I’m not a religious person so I don’t think it has to do with that. I don’t know if it’s just like a visceral reaction that I have, and I can’t even pinpoint it, it’s not that I don’t think we should be messing with life, I just think that it is a really slippery slope. What’s to stop parents from engineering what they want their kids to look like, or even what gender they should be? And while I see from a scientific standpoint that it’s great to be able to bring back an extinct specie, what’s really in it for society. At what point does it become too much. And my main issue with all of this is, where does it stop? Who has control over this? He mentions that the research is done both privately and publicly, but I’d like to learn more about that. What’s the role of private enterprise? What about the role of government? He briefly mentions privacy with respect to the genetic testing disorder, but again, I think that’s a huge issue we have to think about. About halfway through the video I found myself wondering how exactly this related to the topic of digital media, and well, it’s exactly that which he talks about towards the end. I really would have never thought of this as a data or code issue, but he convinced me that it is. It’s also interesting to understand how different countries understand and use this data, vs. the ones that don’t. It’s been 6+ years since his talk, so I can only imagine that the science behind so much of what he is talking about has grown significantly, yet I wonder why we don’t hear about it as much. Is it kept under wraps? Done in secret government labs? How is this going to affect society?

Yeah so if I thought I was uncomfortable watching the Enriquez video, I just about flipped out when reading the Wolf piece. Little machines are body parts? Living 125 years? I seriously had to refrain from just thinking people like Kurzweil are absolutely insane, because I know that they must be very smart people. But I totally disagree with the notion that “When we cross this third bridge, we become information. And then, as long as we maintain multiple copies of ourselves to protect against a system crash, we won’t die” I’d simply argue that we are more than information, and there is no bridge we can “cross” that will be able to assume our entire identity. Of course, he acknowledges that people (like me) are going to have a negative reaction to a lot of these ideas about living forever, defeating death, etc. But computers having full legal rights as people? I think it’s a simple assumption to just say that it’s about intelligence, and that if we can create computers that are smarter than people, that they deserve legal status. Is it just me, or did you feel like shouting at the page, it’s a computer! Although it’s mentioned at the end I don’t think these people are taking into account the realities of human emotion and complexity of relationships and how people interact. For me that will always be the fundamental difference between real intelligence and A.I. I am sure some people will challenge me on it, but that’s my initial reaction to this piece.

In the BioMedia piece, the thing that really struck me seemed to follow with the end of the Enriquez video, the concept that “We are the true “new media.” I understand how this changes our “cognitive landscape” (as he calls it), but what does this mean for society moving forward exactly? And for the record, this is something I never ever would have expected that we’d be discussing in a digital media class, but I’m totally fascinated by it. But overall I think that I feel there is something inherently dangerous in messing around with the biology of this “data.” It will be interesting to see what other people think – looking forward to the class discussion!

Also, I tagged an interesting story on delicious called “Who Owns Your Genes? You Do” that is somewhat related to this week’s readings.Thought some people might enjoy it.

» Posted By ElzbthMllr On April 10, 2010 @ 4:24 pm

Electronic Waste: A Conclusion

Oh and Ryan, yes for this travalogue I did write out what I was going to say in advance and then I read it. I was afraid I’d ramble on too long if I didn’t :)

As far as enforcing, I think that’s the role of local governments (with a national mandate). There are several incentives that could be done, such as tax credits, fines for not participating in the program etc. I really think public education is key here also.

» Posted By ElzbthMllr On April 25, 2010 @ 10:32 am

Niharika, I just saw the ad for the first time yesterday! I am going to go to their website to learn more about it!

» Posted By ElzbthMllr On April 25, 2010 @ 10:30 am

Mobile Donations – Concluding Post

This was really great and I learned a lot! I liked the short text message bullet points also :) I think I mentioned in class that I was in Atlanta this past week for a conference on nonprofits and technology and I cannot tell you how many panels were devoted to mobile fundraising, there were even a few people from the Mobile Giving Foundation and the Red Cross (the woman from the Red Cross said her most recent numbers were $30 million). One of the presenters George Weiner did a presentation on the implications of mobile giving and social media, which I didn’t attend, but you might find it interesting: http://www.georgeweiner.com/presentation/mobilegiving-nten2010. It is seriously the new hot thing. You covered a lot of the issues really well, safety, security, engagement of individuals etc.

You mention what carriers allow this type of giving, I learned that Metro PCS didn’t even have their text message enabled in certain areas of California! That seems just crazy to me, and customers had to create a little uproar to get them to turn it on.

I’m still not 100% convinced that this kind of giving is new. Yes, it’s innovating and quick and easy to do, but people have always donated online, through the phone, or through check etc. I think the whole thing is fascinating, but I would love to know # of first time donors this engaged. I’m also interested to see how Red Cross uses this information of its donors and the implications for privacy.

» Posted By ElzbthMllr On April 13, 2010 @ 7:52 am

what makes people collaborate online?

This was really interesting. You ask yourself, “what was I doing wrong” because the people who posted pictures were your friends or friends of friends. I don’t necessarily think that you were doing anything “wrong” per say, you were reaching out to a network where one already existed, with you at the center, so that may be another way to look at it.

I think you did a smart thing realizing that the issue you were interested in (eg pics of things on subways) already existed and that it was best to go meet the people where they already were (flickr). One of the great things about the social web is that you don’t have to create your own platform all the time, because the tools are out there to reach a larger audience.

You did a great job integrating the readings this week. Good luck in the last week! Looking forward to seeing the contest winners.

» Posted By ElzbthMllr On April 6, 2010 @ 12:45 pm

The digital afterlife: what happens in social media when we die? Part II

This was really awesome. Found the other student’s stories very valuable, I don’t have any first hand experience with this so it’s good to hear from others.

» Posted By ElzbthMllr On April 6, 2010 @ 10:52 am

Why are tampon ads so obnoxious?

Hey great job, I think this format suits the subject and sytle of your research much better!

I think there are a couple of things going on: 1. use of social media (allowing users to make their own videos, to call out fake ads etc). But the question is does this lead to greater sales? Also what about double standards on TV? Are these ads more provocative or less than ads for things like Viagra, etc. I tend to be a bit negative when I think about company’s mostivation I think this is all about marketing, getting publicity etc. But they are definitely using new tactics to get there. Will be interesting to see what happens with it next.

I agree, a bit shorter would be better for the future, but seriously great job!

» Posted By ElzbthMllr On April 6, 2010 @ 12:38 pm

Weekly Summary: Representation, Simulation and Fun

I really liked Koster’s piece(s) this week. The comparison between games and stories was interesting in terms of how they teach people in different ways, and the same can be said with respect to emotions. He also has an interesting breakdown on what “fun” actually is but how it loses its meaning when they are just lumped together. I think his takeaway point about the fact that fun is contextual is very important, I don’t really think you can underestimate the important of why we engage in the things we do. I’m writing this post because it’s required, (school is not fun as he says) but I am doing it for some other reason. I’d also never really thought of the concept of flow with respect to games, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that something is fun.

I also found his presentation “The Core of Fun” fascinating. I would have like the visuals – it’s actually funny that I’m used to only reading things for classes and now because of some of the presentations we’ve watched in this class I’m spoiled by audio/visual presentations so much so that I think just hearing something isn’t good enough anymore! :) I really like that he was able to bring elements that one might not traditionally think of with respect to social media or Web 2.0 into the discussion, specifically things like competition amongst individuals, the notion that where you are coming from matters, difficulty, variable feedback, the importance of succeeding of something (and how games have learned that that isn’t a good ending) and the elements of losing as a motivation to bring people back to continue. He makes a really good point about buying on ebay.com vs. buying something from Amazon. Although I enjoyed the presentation, I felt a small amount of similar frustration that was the same with Ariely’s presentation last week. The things the two say make inherent sense and I agree with their points, but again, I’d like to see more concrete examples how in each of their cases the ideas and concepts that they talk about can be incorporated into their own fields, respectively. What would Amazon look like for example, if it were to incorporate some of these ideas? Obviously that’s something for Amazon to figure out…maybe it’s just the way my brain works, but I have a hard time understanding how implementing some of these changes produces a different result. There is a lot of work going on in the nonprofit space around creating games for change, one organization called Breakthrough created a game called “I Can End Deportation” (www.icedgame.com) that brought a lot of attention to the issue of immigration. Last year I also attended the Games for Change conference http://www.gamesforchange.org/ it was pretty interesting…

Frasca’s piece on Simulation was a little harder for me to understand, but I think I got his basic concepts of the use of narrative vs simulation, and how the simulation itself is something bigger than just the narrative for an external observer. I also agree with what he says that when systems aren’t too complex it’s usually better to use representation and narrative, but how as systems get more complex, simulation becomes the more attractive tool. He gives great examples of teaching somebody to use the gears of a car, I see it in my own life when I’m knitting a complicated patterns or trying to learn a new stitch, no matter how many times I look in a book, or read something, four out of five times I have watch somebody else doing it, or have someone physically show me how to do it. And likewise, it’s easier to teach someone by physically showing them. I think it’d be interesting to talk about these issues with relationship to the kindle, which is not a book, but to talk about whether it’s a representation or simulation of a book, what gets lost, what doesn’t. He notes at the end of his piece that this article is not printed on paper. Well it’s true, I choose to read it online, but what if someone had printed it out to read it, which I could have just as easily done if I wanted to read it while I was on the subway for example. Would that change anything?

I will say that I don’t think I’ll be able to play games on my iPhone the same way after this week!

» Posted By ElzbthMllr On April 4, 2010 @ 10:28 am

Electronic Waste: Part Two

@Leslie – Thanks I hadn’t seen that and it looks right up my alley. Sadly I’m actually in Atlanta for a work conference until Saturday night so I am going to miss it :( I will see if I can convince a friend to go for me and report back! Good luck w/ the ice-cream and twitter, so far it looks really great!

» Posted By ElzbthMllr On April 8, 2010 @ 3:52 pm

@Honieh, as I mentioned in last week’s post you can go to the Electronic Take Back Campaign to figure out what to do with your personal electronics. The link is here:


It will tell you recyclers in your area, or if there aren’t any it has steps to follow.

My guess is that the Recycling programs don’t have the authority to implement a new regulation.

» Posted By ElzbthMllr On April 6, 2010 @ 12:23 pm

Thanks everyone for the feedback and all the additional links and studies. There is so much info out there on this problem it is really overwhelming!

@Alexandra – I’m sorry you are having trouble. It seems to be working for me on all the browsers. I can try to send it to you via e-mail if you’d like?

» Posted By ElzbthMllr On April 6, 2010 @ 10:55 am

Face Off – How do people react when their online identity is questioned?

I had the same problem w/ the text but only towards the end. Great job overall though!

» Posted By ElzbthMllr On March 30, 2010 @ 11:49 am

With little knowledge of HTML, what is involved in making a Twitter Bot that aggregates & retweets geotagged info?

Hard to think about ice-cream on a crappy day like today right? Anyway, also like Honieh interested in how a novice figures this out. Do you have any friends in the coding world that could help you out a bit? I really like your logo.

» Posted By ElzbthMllr On March 30, 2010 @ 10:26 am

Marketing/Education in Kotex Advertising

Great job! I love the music and all the images – agree with Leslie you could have let each image linger for just a bit longer. I think you’re right about it being the last taboo subject. I know the website feminsting.org had a few articles on this subject in the past you might want to check them out.

» Posted By ElzbthMllr On March 30, 2010 @ 10:24 am

What is a museum in 2010?

Very interesting subject…I’m also interested in how it works exactly from each of these platforms (Twitter, Facebook, etc). Are they free or are there costs associated with it? I wonder why there is no podcast. I think it’s interesting that museums are willing to open themselves up a bit, I think it really speaks to their willingness to try to get new audiences and bring people into the museums that might not normally go there.

» Posted By ElzbthMllr On March 30, 2010 @ 10:35 am

Voices of Dissent: How Indians and Pakistanis are using Social Media to air their opinions!

Nice job with the video and I also really liked the song. I think it’s interesting to think about what kinds of things can be conveyed with images and cartoons vs. just actual text. I think that’s one of the key successes of social media is that it lends itself to a kind of story telling in a way that reaches a lot of people and networks where they already exist. Looking forward to seeing the slideshow as well.

» Posted By ElzbthMllr On March 30, 2010 @ 10:43 am

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

Really good job covering some of our important questions. It’s frustrating to learn about the fee that mobile carriers charge for the donations and that the charities aren’t getting all the $. This combined with the fact that unless it’s specified that they can’t, organizations can use the $ donated for the organization’s operating costs rather than on the ground support for people who need it. And I did ask you about whether you’d charge me $5, but I did it via text ;) It’s good to know that from a safety standpoint though, these text message donations are pretty secure. I’d be interested to know if you can use the Red Cross as an example and learn for instance how many first time donaters used text message vs. online donations or mailing in a check etc. Are these campaigns reaching new donors? Existing donors?

» Posted By ElzbthMllr On March 30, 2010 @ 11:59 am

The digital afterlife: what happens in social media when we die? Part I

I found this podcast really interesting. It’s interesting how different websites have different policies. I’m looking forward to hearing more specifically about the idea of incorporating people’s desires to either allow their digital footprint to remain (or not) into their wills. They key thing that struck me is that whether or not families, friends, next of kin, or whatever have access, as you mention, Facebook still owns your pictures for example. It puts a huge amount of control over the digital world with companies, and I just question whether that is a good thing or not. And as all of these platforms become merged, which seems to be happening, it just seems more and more likely that this kind of information stays in the online world long after individuals are gone. It kind of creeps me out the more I think about it.

» Posted By ElzbthMllr On March 29, 2010 @ 11:32 am

Electronic Waste: How Do We Stop It?

You’re definitely right about the person to person influence. Speaking of plastic bags several places have instituted a tax (I was in DC this weekend and the restaurant charge me 5c for a plastic bag to put my leftovers in) and the city of San Fran has outlawed plastic bags all together. New York State also has something called The Bigger Better Bottle Bill, which taxes plastic bottles. It’s all very interesting and related to the issues of sustainable consumption, but couldn’t fit it into my travalogue.

I learned about this issue because my foundation has two program areas, the environment and human rights. I’m a Program Associate for the HR area and I hardly ever get chance to explore the environmental issues we support so this seemed like a perfect opportunity. 60 Minutes did a segment on the China problem, it’s interesting it was very dangerous for them to film, they were kicked out several times, it’s clear the people who run that place do not want the outside world to know about it. Very sad.

» Posted By ElzbthMllr On March 30, 2010 @ 12:02 pm

Thanks Ryan and Honieh for the comments. I’ll work some of those answers into next week’s podcast for sure. Ryan, I think that the whole issue of sustainable consumption and production in the US is a huge factor in global climate change, electronic waste is just one of several issues (water, paper, etc) that contribute to this problem.

» Posted By ElzbthMllr On March 30, 2010 @ 11:26 am

Thanks for the comments. I’m used to giving vocal presentations way more than visual ones so these tips help.

» Posted By ElzbthMllr On March 26, 2010 @ 3:09 pm

Weekly Summary : Interface!

I thought Ariely’s presentation was really fascinating, but like Ryan I’m interested to learn how this plays out in more social and political scenarios. I did some investigating of his blog and his book in case anyone is interested, here is the site: http://www.predictablyirrational.com/.

I also really agreed with Messina’s “The Death of the URL” and it’s something I never really would have considered outside of this class. Although I think he’s right on many points, I think that the majority of his examples (the App store for example) show that we are in a losing battle. I think of this a lot when I think about the concept of convergence culture and how as multiple platforms are becoming more and more intertwined it becomes difficult to tease out what is coming from where, and to figure out what it is exactly we are doing and who controls the access to that information.

Rasiej and Micah’s piece is definitely dated and I’d be curious to see what they think about the privacy settings a year from now. I think it’s difficult to say whether Facebook is a private space or a public mall because it’s used as a lot of different things for different people and different purposes. But I think they are right in being critical about getting 30% of users to do anything. I keep thinking back to what Shirky said about how as technology becomes boring it becomes socially interesting. I think that the best thing that can come out of the mass adoption on facebook is that we are pushing closer to that point. But, again, it always comes back to the issue of privacy for me, and I just think that Facebook is losing the battle on that one. But I’d be interested to see what everyone thinks, especially people that use it.

ShiftSpace is cool. Really cool. The concept of interfaces isn’t something that I’m necessarily familiar with, but I think after reading this article and watching the video, I realize that the idea and project have put its finger on something that I’ve been thinking about for awhile, that is the so-called “inherent democratic” nature of the web. In some ways yes, but in a lot of ways no, and I think this project really speaks to that. I haven’t done my critique yet, will do it later tonight or tomorrow, but I think I’m going to do it on my beloved Twitter. It seems to me that although it’s a great idea, it’s success will depend on how many people use it and how they use it. I think the image swap is a really cool part of it.

» Posted By ElzbthMllr On March 28, 2010 @ 6:43 pm

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