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

@Leslie, Honieh and Frost:
Yes, anonymity can lead to fragmented and easy-to-opt-out identities, hindering community and solidarity building. But at the same tame, it is powerful mechanism to protect people and their opinions, and enable political and social movements that otherwise would be squashed. However, the equation isn’t that simple. In some cases, exposing the identity can be just as powerful: the Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez has certainly not disappeared (yet) because she is an avid twitterer…

@Juliette: very controversial statement. Does the tension of slavery necessarily lead to emancipation? History has many examples that prove the contrary. However, the question remains: does emancipation need to come from within or is it legitimate to give it a little hand from outside?

@Ryan: here a great TED talk with Morozov and how authoritarian regimes benefit from the Internet: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2009-10/26/ted-fellows-evgeny-morozov.aspx

I agree that the politicization of the Internet and social media is very problematic: Hillary Clinton praises the Internet as a human right and as a US foreign policy priority in her speech about Internet freedom, and US senators declare Twitter as the antithesis to terror http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2010/01/06/twitter_vs_terror?page=full

In the TED talk, Morozov labels this approach as “iPod LIBERALISM”: now that the Cold War is over, we don’t drop bombs anymore to spread democracy, but iPods (and Laptops for Children)…

Some final remarks about solidarity:
Solidarity is not only fickle, but selective.
1) Even in Iran where Twitter sparked a big wave of international solidarity: where is the community today?
2) Not everybody has the status of a “baby seal”- some victims count more than others. It’s always astonishing to observe how passionate “international public opinion” gets on certain authoritarian regimes and human rights violators, and so little cares about others.

» Posted By nadine On April 27, 2010 @ 1:25 pm

The You in Youtube – Conclusion for Travelogue 4

I think you could either interpret it like Ryan- that youtube videos are the expression of a narcissistic desire to be affirmed by others. On the other hand, if the others ultimately decide about one’s identity, isn’t it a way to get feedback? How does it differ from real life? It is interesting that all the people that figure in your video are teens. Is it because they are in the natural process of finding out who they are and what they want in life? Do they react so vehemently because they aren’t sure themselves who they really are? I think that a strong reaction always reflects one’s own insecurity: you know that there is a grain of truth…
I think that the assumption of your analysis is- like Freud- that personality is dividable into different parts (the part that you see, that others see, that you really are, or the “ego”, “id” and “super-ego”). Adler, however, thought that you have to consider personality as a whole, not as a conglomerate of mechanisms and dynamic parts. It would be interesting to see how the different psychology schools would interpret your findings.

» Posted By nadine On April 22, 2010 @ 10:24 am

Concluding post: What makes people collaborate online?

It’s great that you also did an analysis of Leslie’s project! It almost reads as: marketing strategies for social media. Though I feel a little bit ambivalent about them:
I like your bold assertion that it is ok to fake it a little bit to give the illusion of online collaboration and create a snowball effect. I assume that it’s true: people like to bandwagon. But how do the participants feel about that?! Aren’t they participating because they want to be part of something real, authentic, interactive? Let me play the devil’s advocate:
Where do you draw the line between the promotion of your project and the Kotex campaign? Besides the fact that your ultimate goal is not to sell a product. In the end, you treat your participants as marketing objects too…Or is this the point? A nobler reason justifies the means?

» Posted By nadine On April 22, 2010 @ 10:42 am

New Media and the (Uncertain) Future of Journalism

How ProPublica Went From Start Up To Pulitzer In Two Years

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/19/how-propublica-went-from-_n_542564.html

» Posted By nadine On April 19, 2010 @ 4:13 pm

Weekly Summary: Education Evolution in the Age of New Media

@Juliette, I totally agree with you! France is deeply based on the broadcaster teaching model, where it’s the professor that holds all the wisdom, and you don’t have much to say as a student. It stands in complete contrast to the American model.
However, as Tapscott, rather than a question of nationality, the future of education will be changed from the perspective of digital citizenship. The parameters of information sharing and production are changing worldwide, and I am very excited about the way it will impact universities- both in the United States and in France.
@ Ryan: let’s hope that the new system will make education more affordable.
In contrast to Sunstein fears, I don’t believe that this change will lead to an increased personalized system, but to a more OPEN system or to Sunstein’s ideal of public forum. Education is so expensive in the United States; in the end, there is little social mixity and diversity. It is essential to reduce the the cost of education (for both the individual student and the state)and make universities more accesible. Just to compare: one semester in Switzerland costs 1200 USD (of course, state subsidies are huge. I just want to compare the impact on studet diversity in the perspective of public forums).
However, I am quite sceptical about the mass student system (in my Swiss seminars, we were between 20 and 40 students…)- discussion and interaction is the most important part of the learning process. In fact, our class is ideal!!! But would it be feasible with 25 students???
I think the ideal university is a mixed system. I feel that in college, it is ok to have more mandatory and classic teaching courses, and when people have more experience, the system can shift towards a more decentralized and personalized system. Or is that just an old school philosophy?

» Posted By nadine On April 20, 2010 @ 12:17 pm

Museums struggling for life?

Does art has to be socialized? Last week, a painter told me that museums aren’t the best places for art. Is the surrounding really bringing out the best of the work (or vice versa)? Are museums a mere compromise for making art accessible to the masses?
What probably needs to change aren’t the PR efforts or the visitors, but the museums themselves. I must admit that walking through a big and prominent museum can sometimes feel more like being squeezed through a supermarket…This is certainly not very engaging.

» Posted By nadine On April 13, 2010 @ 11:29 am

Ice Cream Spy’s Conclusion…For Now…

Wow!!!!!!!!!!! Just amazing, really!!! We’ll all invite you to ice cream after our last class :-) (though you should get a free city pass!)
@Ryan: I actually like that the truck location isn’t absolute, and that position can change. It adds the hunting fun challenge!

» Posted By nadine On April 13, 2010 @ 11:53 am

Networking Knowledge: Sharing is Caring

And who said that one vote doesn’t have power to impact? ;-)
Ok, I will explore the digital divide.
@Honieh: The Berkman Center has a very nice section on the topic of digital natives: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/research/digitalnatives

» Posted By nadine On April 19, 2010 @ 11:50 am

Ok, up to you to vote:
1) copyright in the digital age (well Ryan explored the topic in his travelogue, and we have discussed it a little bit during Harris’ presentation, though the topic would deserve a proper class)
2)Network neutrality and censorship
3)The digital divide (beyond post nationalism)
4) Digital media and collective memory

» Posted By nadine On April 18, 2010 @ 10:30 pm

“Mashup Conclusion” (TDMC Remix)

Great video, very professional! What I love about this travelogue is that you can see how people progress :-)

There is no right or wrong: it is equally important to protect creators as making vast cultural heritage accessible and available to everyone. It’s a good moment to continue our discussion on orphan works. The Google Books settlement represents an interesting case: as they proceed by “first scan, the ask questions later!”- copyright is circumvented (or more or less ignored).Is that the way to go?

» Posted By nadine On April 13, 2010 @ 11:09 am

Weekly Summary: Genomes, Singularity, and Biomedia

While watching Juan Enriquez’ presentation, I had to think immediately back to the Trap. Especially when Enriquez shows a slide with an encoded DNA and says: that’s you! A simple string of code. Can we indeed be reduced to numbers?
Yes, that’s the baseline of our mechanics, but there so more. Even Kurzweil admits that “[h]uman emotion is really the cutting edge of human intelligence [...} Being funny, expressing a loving sentiment — these are very complex behaviors."
The desire to overcome death and explain what we are and where we are coming from is as old as humanity itself. The concepts of singularity or biomedia don't shock. Each generation tries to push the boundaries of science, experimentation, and ultimately death. What surprises me is this concept of exponential (or even linear) growth. Is is because it is contradictory to the essence of nature itself? Maybe. Though I rather read in this lines a profound and unshakable belief in progress and/or the capitalistic system. Humanity is impoverishing trying to measure everything in economic and statistical terms.

Growth and productivity seems to be the non plus ultra. It is the mantra of Western culture: just grow, we'll ask questions later. What we should ask: what is the impact of this growth on our environment, our culture, our bodies and minds? Is quantity (of life years) more important than quality? And what happens with the part of the world and humanity that isn't part of it ? Simple Darwinian exclusion? Based on wealth and nationality?

I like the articles, they pick up my other travelogue idea about the fusion of humans and machines. Enriquez' and Kurzweil scenario's aren't that far stretched. Cool bionic's article: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2010/01/bionics/fischman-text
Skinput technology: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3XPUdW9Ryg&feature=player_embedded

Therefore, the idea of mastering code in order to stay at the top of the biological food chain and economy ranking is interesting.
@ Ryan and @Elisabeth: here is another article on gene patents: two weeks ago, a federal judge has invalidated a gene patent http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/30/business/30gene.html?hpw
Who should own the gene codes? Private companies? The judge ruled that in the case "patents were 'improperly granted' because they involved a 'law of nature.' The NYTimes states that "[t]he decision, if upheld, could throw into doubt the patents covering thousands of human genes and reshape the law of intellectual property”. Let’s hope so!!!

» Posted By nadine On April 11, 2010 @ 3:15 pm

Electronic Waste: A Conclusion

Hi Elizabeth! I came across this website and thought of you: http://www.recyclebank.com/
Interesting approach! What do you think? Though, I think the ultimate goal should be to promote more responsible consumer habits (and not giving mere incentives to spend more…)

» Posted By nadine On June 10, 2010 @ 10:29 am

I have this very old television at home, and was looking for responsible recyclers in NY. Where are they??!! It is really difficult 1) find a place to recycle, 2) responsible. I will probably end up at BestBuy, but would my trash would then go to India?The Electronic Take Back Coalition indicates only two companies in NY state. How is that possible? Even with good will, this tasks becomes incredibly difficult. It is fundamental that recycling stations must me in every neighborhood. Recycling should not be a out-of-the-ordinary civic action, but a normal consumer behavior. There is a far way to go in the U.S.

» Posted By nadine On April 13, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

Mobile Donations – Concluding Post

Honieh, I really liked your travelogue! I would like to receive more info about mobile activism and other social mobile projects (like your HIV information center app).
It is true that participation is limited, but in my opinion it is the most personal way of engagement, it’s your phone (email is too anonymous, phone marketing is annoying)!
I know that Jonathan Nachum, a guy from my ITP class, is setting up an online platform/and mobile app to allow donations to a great array of NGOs and institutions (thesis presentation on May 6). I will keep you posted!

» Posted By nadine On April 13, 2010 @ 11:48 am

what makes people collaborate online?

Jimena, very cool video! Great pictures!!! Though they passed a little bit too fast, thanks for leaving them longer on next time so we can enjoy them (aesthetic fun!)

Your first conclusion about your project seems very interesting. Why did the homepage fail? Though I wouldn’t describe it as a project failure. In Koster’s words, it is just a form of feedback: failure is important because it spurs our learning process. I find it also very helpful.
We talked so much about online collaboration, the revolutionary Web 2.0- but as Shirky remarked, this isn’t easily achieved. It is a little bit like creating a video game. How can you hook the player?
Creating competition could help. Is there an award? What is it? It must be something that is worth to fight for. Social recognition- evt. a possibility to get your photo published?
Your travelogue also shows how important physical networks still are. In your Facebook group (could you post the link?), your friends or friends of friends participated. It confirms our discussion about super networks and social capital.
Participating in the Flickr community is a great idea! My questions: do make people participate, do you also need to have an established social capital (online reputation)? Are the subway photo groups participative or do the only share their work (I am thinking of Shirky’s model)?

» Posted By nadine On April 6, 2010 @ 9:42 am

Why are tampon ads so obnoxious?

Great job!!! Wow, did you record this in one shot??!! This medium works perfectly for analyzing the campaign. Good speaking space, very natural (did you work with bullet points?), congratulations! The podcast is excellent, the slides too. The presentation is a little bit too long (for an travelogue update). I had the same dilemma: when does a podcast become too long for our class blog? I though that the pain threshold is 10 min, but maybe this is even too long. You could have cut the presentation in half, and post 2 short podcasts (general campaign info, analysis of Jordan’s project).

Now about the campaign: I really like the new box design! Much better indeed! Appealing aspect for the consumer.

I can see how getting Kotex ads censured triggered a lot of media attention. Do you think that this was a planned publicity coup? Wasn’t it clear from the start that the networks would censor the word vagina in a commercial?!

I like that you give statistics on how many users actually participate on ubyKotex. Seems that only a minority collaborates. Considering that Kotex has a huge campaign budget, we could consider this a failure (making the parallel to Jimena’s post).

Interesting evaluation of Jordan’s campaign too. It looks like she is doing a good job. Her tone and posts fit the mantra “be real.” It is curious how companies and even politicians marked themselves by shaming themselves (or the industry). It has all become about a) not making it for the money (of course they do!) and b) not doing politics (of course it’s their goal!).

» Posted By nadine On April 6, 2010 @ 10:24 am

It’s Time to Find those Ice Cream Trucks!

Very cool! Very impressive!!!! I can’t believe that you didn’t have any programming knowledge before!It’s great that you also share your wisdom on your Find an Ice Cream Truck before it Disappears-blog.
You’ve got the perfect week for ice cream hunting. I will look around my neighborhood.
How about spreading the news on Yelp and other user restaurant review sites? Or you could contact people that use #IceCreamTruck.

» Posted By nadine On April 6, 2010 @ 10:40 am

Electronic Waste: Part Two

I’ve added more names of organizations that work in e-waste management (from the article that Niharika posted)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_waste

» Posted By nadine On April 24, 2010 @ 4:43 pm

Open Vs Closed – Cool Video I HAD to post .

By the way, I am very shocked about the RapeLay game, I will integrate this article in my summary. Thank you very much!

» Posted By nadine On April 1, 2010 @ 2:31 pm

Honieh, I am so glad that you picked up this issue! I feel it’s so important- one class is too short to discuss it!

Yes, which system fosters more innovation- an open or a closed system? Here a great article of Google:

The meaning of open
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/meaning-of-open.html

(I’ve highlighted some text with ShiftSpace, but encountered some problems. Seems that the ShiftSpace is broken, so I can’t send you the link, just check out the article.)

Rosenbergs explains why open systems- although “counterintuitive to people who are stuck in the old MBA way of thinking”- are better for innovation, competition, business, and (what a beautiful externality!) society in general.

» Posted By nadine On April 1, 2010 @ 2:22 pm

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

Oh, I found a great site for you!!! MIT project called Personas: http://personas.media.mit.edu/

The programme can visualize your online persona (=how the Internet sees you). Try it!

Ok, I agree that the programme is quite limited as you online search by your name, and there are plenty of people with the same name. It works better with famous people, unique names, or people with rich digital prints (@Mushon: do you see yourself reflected in the generated profile?)

However, the idea is fascinating. Assumption: your online identity is like your real identity.

There is also another MIT project, called GAYDAR. The concept: you can determine a person’s sexual orientation by looking at their friends in social networks.
http://mashable.com/2009/09/21/facebook-friends-sexual-orientation/

» Posted By nadine On March 30, 2010 @ 11:36 pm

I am glad that you liked the Ervin Goffman quote! I also had some trouble reading the text. Could you give us more time to read?
Interesting question. Will you question the identity of people online? Have you had first reactions?

» Posted By nadine On March 30, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

Marketing/Education in Kotex Advertising

Cool!

About the form: great choice of music, very much in the spirit of the campaign. However, the slides passed really to fast, I couldn’t process the information. If you’d like to integrate more content, you could write a post and then insert the video- like Ryan did.

About the content: it is difficult to help you with the evaluation, because I don’t know enough about the campaign. Though I don’t think that education excludes marketing and vice versa. It goes back to Juliette’s post on corporate social responsibility. A successful campaign makes everybody happy! Have you checked the discussion fora? Is there a lot of participation? Another idea is to contact sexual disease prevention center, and ask for feedback on the campaign.

» Posted By nadine On March 30, 2010 @ 11:57 pm

Music/Video Mash Ups: Although flittering with Copyright’s shackles, do they promote/cause change or are they just l’art pour l’art?

Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ryan, amazing, I don’t know where to start!!! Did you personally interview DJ Spooky? That is so cool! Excellent job on the remix video- and the Sinatra/Notorious BIG song! There are so many questions asked in your post, so much information, you might split them up next time or reduce the scope.
1) Is remix culture the new “normal” (as opposed to recorded music)? I don’t like the term normal- what is it? Do you mean standard? Authentic? I agree that remixing cultures becomes a stronger every day. It reminds me of a scene of “Steal that film,” when teens are interviewed on the street, and they state that today everybody is a remixer and pirate.
2) About copyright: if you would make money with your video/song, fair use wouldn’t apply, would it? Could you explain more in detail when fair use applies? How would you do the four-factor balancing test?
3) Are mash-up videos strategic or tactical media? Very difficult to respond. How can you evaluate the impact of a film? Even for such a successful documentary like “An inconvenient truth,” it is complicated to distinguish between film, campaign, political capital etc.
4) About the different mash-up platforms: you could make case studies, and follow up some prominent video campaigns, analyze how they echoed in the news or specific communities.
5) About data visualization: total different project, but very cool indeed. My full support!

» Posted By nadine On March 30, 2010 @ 11:17 pm

What is a museum in 2010?

Yes, could you get all the twitter feads together and lead us through the tour?
I am a little bit skeptical about the Twitter tour. I wouldn’t be very much interested in simple descriptions of the art objects. I’d rather receive new inputs: for example, personal comments of the artist, the audience or museum staff.
I would prefer a video-streamed virtual tour. What is the Madrid Prado and Google Earth project about?

» Posted By nadine On March 30, 2010 @ 1:22 pm

Weekly Summary : Interface!

Ariely’s presentation was so much fun. I am still convinced that the left table is longer! It is a mystery that- although I know better- I can’t translate it into my brain.
Interfaces definitely influence your behavior- your actions stay inside the box that the interface offers you. It changes everything! For example, we also have a blog for another class, but there are no photo or video feature. The blog is pretty much dead- the students only use it because it’s mandatory for our grades, not because the interface is (visually) engaging (even it the content is).
I haven’t realized how powerful the opt-out/opt-in systems are, and how the options influence our behavior. We’ve already discussed this a little bit while addressing the privacy issues of Google Buzz and Facebook. Isn’t this also related to group pressure? If the default option is opt-in- why would you go against the “common sense” and opt-out? The implicit judgement is strong social propaganda.
@Juliette, I agree with you that interested parties won’t democratize these interfaces, as it would come along with a loss of power.
Mobilizing 30% of Twitter user is almost impossible. In Switzerland’s direct democracy system, it is sometimes even hard to achieve 30% of participation!
@Mushon: I was surprised that you characterize the current political crisis in democratic governance as an interface problem. I thought that it was a content problem/problem at the roots. This shows that I am not aware of the nature of interface, because I consider it a superficial/additional layer problem. Are interfaces the new political content?
I would like to learn more about tactical media activism (as opposed to strategic media). Are we talking about specific campaigns, for example a public art performance or Greenpeace activists lying the railroad to prevent the passage of nuclear waste?

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

Mobile Advertising: Location-Based SMS

Interesting article:
Web Coupons Know Lots About You, and They Tell
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/17/business/media/17coupon.html?pagewanted=1

» Posted By nadine On April 25, 2010 @ 3:33 pm

Hi Dan! I’ve found an article for you on Mashable:
How the Fashion Industry Uses Location-Based Marketing
http://mashable.com/2010/03/22/fashion-location-based/
Playing Foursquare could be a way to get location-based ads!

» Posted By nadine On March 28, 2010 @ 6:27 pm

Hi Dan, no worries, it seems that a lot of people had technical difficulties today!
I like that you picked up last class’ discussion topic. It is true that in Europe you get a lot of mobile advertising. I find them very annoying! However, I must admit that I’ve never received a location-based ad, and I can definitely see a tremendous marketing potential. Nevertheless, privcy impliations are an important aspect to keep in mind.
As you work with location based text message, working with mashup maps could be an interesting medium for you. You could also look at different ad formats, and work with two-dimmensional code generators. 2D ads are very popular in Japan! Here a slideshow on leassons learned on location-based ads in Japan:
http://www.slideshare.net/ren_cirius/locationbased-mobile-ad-a-lesson-from-japan-presentation
With the rise of Google maps and its business directories, the opportunities for location-based ads are certainly growing, especially for local businesses, don’t you think?

» Posted By nadine On March 24, 2010 @ 12:01 am

In the subway

Does today authenticity equal uniqueness? I see a lot of parallels with Ryan’s travelogue, you should talk!

» Posted By nadine On March 23, 2010 @ 11:28 pm

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