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

The Morozov and Shirky debate is definitely very interesting.
I agree with Shirky’s analysis of the new possibilities for social coordination that appear to be a threat to governments’ control over people. However his argument lacks a global dimension (as in his book Here Comes Everybody). He is too American oriented and seem to forget about the digital devide. In this respect I completely agree with Elizabeth who has pinpointed Lanier’s point. Lanier underlines the absence of social achievements by Facebook or Twitter in the US which the country the more likely to react to democratic attempt. Shirky raises hope but there is no long term social achievement that could make us believe in the birth of a new public sphere.
I guess I would agree more with Morozov perspective who remains very skeptic about the creation of a new public sphere through the Internet.

On the contrary I greatly value Catherine Frost when she explains that ‘exclusion is a powerful force for forging solidarity’. Indeed what if the public sphere was to be developed outside of the web?
This brought me back to the book Commonwealth in which Hardt and Negri focus on the study of the repartition of powers that rule the world. They establish that since forever one power “the Empire” rules the world submitting the other potential sources of power to his control. In their perspective globalization has resulted in “the creation of a common world” but has done nothing but broadening the power of the Empire. To resist to this power the two scholars believe in the “free subjects” that have the power to resist. The two scholars give the example of the key role played by slavery in disclosing the outrageous “contradiction at the heart of the republic of property” (between democracy and slavery) therefore making “the emancipation inevitable”. This argument is particularly interesting in the scope of a new public sphere. If we follow Hardt’s and Negri’s direction we could think of a public sphere that would emerge among people that are excluded.


» Posted By juliette b On April 26, 2010 @ 2:02 pm

New Media: An exciting opportunity for cultural institutions!

Hey Jimena!
I am glad that you like this topic! Sorry for being unclear. Nina Simon’s book is really interesting however I would recommend to focus on the Preface and Chapter 5 on Defining Participation at Your Institution


» Posted By juliette b On April 26, 2010 @ 11:34 am

Weekly Summary: Education Evolution in the Age of New Media

This weeks readings seemed all the more interesting to me that I come from a french background.
Ever since I have started my Masters program in the US I have been struck by the difference in dealing with education.
Referring to Tapscott point I would say that in France universities are mostly a places to teach. The approach to education from a student’s point of view is much more passive. Students mostly go to the class sit and listen. This approach only works for highly motivated students that manage to make the most of the knowledge that is being transmitted to us. In this respect I think that new media could be a good way of making student actually produce content and participate to the class through out the weeks.

I think that the American system is way better at challenging students and at making them responsible for the success of the class. That said, I also think that the system is too expensive. Very few people have access to graduate school for instance. While focusing on how new media could modify the content of class I think that American universities should also seize new media as the opportunity to make education more accessible.

» Posted By juliette b On April 20, 2010 @ 10:07 am

what makes people collaborate online?

very creative slides Jimena! and I like the rythm and style that you chose although I would slow it a little.

Your finding are also interesting, and brings us back to Shirky’s objective look at collaboration which is definitely not easy to achieve.
The conclusion that you draw highlight a lack of competition and feedback… I am curious to discover your last travelogue but I would also like you to inquire on how to mobilize people in the long run. Do you think the key factors of success are the same?

» Posted By juliette b On April 6, 2010 @ 9:51 am

Weekly Summary: Representation, Simulation and Fun

This week material seemed particularly interesting to me as I believe that the boundaries between reality and simulation are more and more blurred. It seem to be difficult for some people lack clear distinction between what is fake and what is for true.
And this blurred area can mislead people and prove to be dangerous (as a lot of Nadine examples showed).

It reminded me of Jean Baudrillard’s theory of Simulacrum in Simulacra and Simulation

To put it in a short(and diminished)way Baudrillard focuses on images. To him they conceal the truth and create three types of simulacra each corresponding to an historical era:
1-the pre-modern era in which images were clearly copies or representations of some original;
2-the industrial revolution, photography and mass reproduction technologies in the nineteenth century when the image obscures (dissimulates) and threatens to displace the real;
3-our postmodern era; the image is said to completely precede and determine the real, such that it is no longer possible to peel away layers of representation to arrive at some original.

Referring to last week discussion it seems that the power of images is growing and that more and more people will no longer be able to distinguish between reality and simulation of reality. People are likely to be stuck in a simulated reality


» Posted By juliette b On April 6, 2010 @ 11:15 am

Electronic Waste: Part Two

Business Week came back to me.
Here is the link

» Posted By juliette b On April 5, 2010 @ 11:22 am

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

Great Job Harris,
I love the work the fact that your video is a lot about mask. To me online identities are an opportunity to put on different masks and to play with them.

Speaking about interface, online identities could be an interface that we own and that we fully control…

» Posted By juliette b On March 30, 2010 @ 12:19 pm

Marketing/Education in Kotex Advertising

Great Video Hopefully I will be able to create one like this soon!
Also your topic is pretty original and I am curious to know how new media could prove to be good at raising awareness on a taboo subject like period.

» Posted By juliette b On March 30, 2010 @ 1:24 pm

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


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» Posted By juliette b On March 28, 2010 @ 2:06 pm

Nadine I really enjoyed your post!

I think that you are diving into a major problem of our societies that have such a hard time dealing with death. Most of the time, western societies have a tendancy to turn a blind eye on death.
Social Media should definitely adress the problem. I agree with Jimena that I would not like to have my email account available to anybody (espacially considering the amount of information that is recorded in it which is way beyond a journal!).
Do you think those companies (Google, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter etc…) could include in the settings the will of users considering the legacy of their accounts?

You might be interested in this post which deals with your subject.
I can see that you are becoming a master of podcast ;-)

» Posted By juliette b On March 28, 2010 @ 2:03 pm

Marketing Peace: Aman ki Asha + Social Media

Niharika I love your approach on this subject!
I found really interesting that you seem to be mostly disappointed by the campaign in the traditional media which lead you to the digital media. Your work could make the proof of new media’s input regarding a campaign to promote peace…(not to sell products!)

I am not sure it is directly relevant to your topic but you might want to have a look at 2 of my previous posts



» Posted By juliette b On March 28, 2010 @ 2:38 pm

Mirrors and Masks – performing identity on the web

Just thought I could had a litte theoretical background to complete Nadine’s input.

Harris I think it could be worth it to have a look at Carl Jung’s work and his studies on the concept of Persona

» Posted By juliette b On March 28, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

Travelogue Ideas… Rough.. rough.. draft.

I am very interested in your second topic. And indeed, we often notice that disasters like in Haiti do the headlines for a very short period of time comparing to the long run issues they have caused.

However, I recommend that you work on your first idea. It might be a little more precise and easier to dive into… and it is still very interesting. It reminds me of HTML
Intel CSR activities in Vietnam where they send teams to give Internet access and computers to remote villages. it was both a good Corporate Social Responsibility initiative but also a great business opportunity for the company.

» Posted By juliette b On March 20, 2010 @ 3:47 pm

Do you wanna date my avatar?

Nice teaser Harris!
Can’t wait to read your concluding post! ;-)

» Posted By juliette b On March 8, 2010 @ 9:47 pm

Aardvark case, back in the game!

Thanks Alex!
I really don’t think this question is naive. To answer it, I am interviewing active users of Aardvark to understand what they gain by using it…

» Posted By juliette b On March 8, 2010 @ 1:22 pm

No Strings Attached – Does Web 2.0 Aid Sexual Liberation?

Really interesting.
Actually I would be interested to know if the Web 2.0 provide an opportunity for new sexual practices for everybody or if it only concerns a specific audience aka as you defined it ‘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’
Therefore the Web 2.0 would have a social dimension by reducing some inequalities…

» Posted By juliette b On March 2, 2010 @ 10:03 am

How is the Tea Party Movement using the Internet Age, ie Twitter, to it’s advantage?

I think this is a really interesting phenomena and I really eager to better understand how it is organized>

Especially cause I find somehow very contradictory and kind of challenging (communication wise) to go on twitter to recruit new people by throwing tea partys which sounds so old fashioned -and very republican.

» Posted By juliette b On March 2, 2010 @ 10:15 am

Is the Eyewriter a tool for creating or rather for reinterpreting a form of creation?

This is a link

» Posted By juliette b On March 1, 2010 @ 10:08 am

Really interesting and of the moment I would say.

I do believe, besides the new technological discoveries, that the way people look at grafitti has changed. It has become an Art and therefore has been a bit deprived of its political meaning.
You might want to have a look at this exhibition in Meatpacking
It,s meetin great success these days in NYC.

I consider the Eyewriter as a new way of creating graffitis. But to better understand the impact of the technology on the message, I would like to know how does this new technology affects the way graffitis are displayed.

» Posted By juliette b On March 1, 2010 @ 10:06 am

Two Heads are (Sometimes) Better Than One. The Individual and the Collective in the Web 2.0

The debate of this week reading is very exciting.
And I think that Lanier’s stand point is really brave. I like the fact that he does not get caught in the enthusiasm surrounding web 2.0
And I tend to believe that his statements are accurate at least enough to raise so many answers from famous scholars and specialist of web 2.0.
I also have to say that I tend to be very confused sometimes I think web 2.0 is amazing and it enables people to do much more things than they could but I also feel a lot of emptiness sometimes… Like Lanier’s mush. I feel very torn.

About the Digital Given
Thesis #3 seems to be very relevant to me, and I would go even further. Social networks do not provide sustainability, they do not enrich social relations. To me they have created a new type of social interaction : fast, easy but also ephemeral and flickering.
Thesis #10 is very related to this idea of new tool to interact with people. Why not considering the web 2.0 as an opportunity to bypass our personal boundaries and create a different identity. This new identity could be a great way to seize opportunity that can not be reached in the real life.

» Posted By juliette b On March 2, 2010 @ 1:59 pm

Travelogue 3: Who is & What is developing with “Living Stories”?

Ryan I think your travelogue is actually a great case study of the real input of outsource. Your researches might definitely help the class discussion.

It seems to me that Living stories offers a new opportunity for users to customize the news they receive by focusing on what interest them the most. But when reading a newspaper, people already look for a selection, not of their own but of specialist…
Therefore what will be the quality of their selection?

» Posted By juliette b On March 1, 2010 @ 11:19 am

Your personal 24/7 hotline at fingertips!?

“Google isn’t disclosing the terms, but news of the acquisition was first reported by TechCrunch, who put the figure at around $50 million.”
Sure I will try to answer questions as well. Cause I am wondering if I can answer questions of complete strangers.
To be continued :-)

» Posted By juliette b On February 23, 2010 @ 9:37 am

Cyber Sex and Booty Calls

Interesting hum…
However I am just a bit confused regarding the last part of your investigation : I don’t really see how is this related to animals.
But well I am pretty you know where you wanna go with this so I am actually looking forward to seeing the results

» Posted By juliette b On February 23, 2010 @ 11:33 am

Reading Summaries for Week 5

What I found really interesting in Weber’s work is his critic on our approach on property based on “the right to exclude”. Both Weber and Benkler pinpoints that we defenitely need to change our mindset. \

In this respect, Benkler seems to be quiet confident that the change will indeed occur despite the will of corporations or individuals.

But here is my concern : the ideas and the means to change the system are mostly in the hands of big corporations to which the system, as it is, profits. How can we expect them to collaborate bring the skills necessary to change?

Can anyone think of concrete drivers that would motivate corporations to participate?

» Posted By juliette b On February 23, 2010 @ 12:03 pm

Reading Summaries for Week 4

Here’s the link to James Boyle’s book until I manage HTML link in my comments! haha

This is a link

» Posted By juliette b On February 14, 2010 @ 10:59 pm

Danone challenging its audience on FB: PR or CSR???

Thanks Mushon! I am going to have a look and will do my best to watch my language ;-)

» Posted By juliette b On February 13, 2010 @ 11:50 am

Thanks for this very helpful contribution Jimena! Indeed I have read the Rue 89′s article and it’s EXACTLY what I would like to understand. The more it goes the more Danone seems to work on his corporation image rather than social business.

At first Danone.communities was created as a specific kind of corporation (a SICAV) apart from Danone. It has been decided to avoid to be associated with something meant to improve Danone’s image. But a year or so after the creation of the SICAV it seems that Danone finally takes control over it and for instance the February 2010 conference with Professor Yunus was organized by Danone’s Communication department…

In the meantime we have very little informations on Danone.communities accomplishment.

Does anyone has an example of a corporation successfully using New Media to help society in an efficient way?

» Posted By juliette b On February 12, 2010 @ 11:58 am

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