Monthly Archives: September 2011

Week 5 Response

Today, many events are planned and operated through the Internet.  The Internet has provided an easy way for millions of people to come together and organize to fight for a common belief. Last week’s articles offered a more pessimistic approach … Continue reading

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Week 5

In “Realizing the Social Internet? Online Social Networking Meets Offline Social Capital,” Pasek lays out 4 different but related hypothesis. 1) Young people using the Internet for information will exhibit higher levels of civic engagement, political knowledge, and interpersonal trust … Continue reading

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Week 4 Jamie Schwarz

I found the Pariser chapters to be extremely interesting to read because it helped timeline the growth of using algorithms for search engines. From Amazon to Google and then Facebook, it became evident that these algorithms could change the way … Continue reading

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Week 4

Pariser’s Chapter 1 in The Filter Bubble and Morozov’s Chapter 3 in the The Net Delusion are two of the more interesting chapters we have read in my opinion. They both bring up intriguing points that criticize the influence of … Continue reading

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Week 4

I found Chapter 1 of Pariser’s “The Filter Bubble” to be extremely informative and interesting. In his explanation of three of the most visited and widely known websites, Amazon, Google and Facebook, he demonstrated how to successfully win (as the … Continue reading

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Week 4

Every day people all across the world log on to their computers and pull up the Internet.  Google is one of the most frequently visited sites – no matter what country you’re logging on from.  Whether it is Google in … Continue reading

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Week 4 Response

The web has become an extremely personalized place.  Almost everything a user views has in some way been personalized to his or her interests.  As Eli Pariser explains in “The Filter Bubble”, companies are finding success once they find a … Continue reading

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Week 4 Response

Chapter 2 of Eli Pariser’s The Filter Bubble focuses on the idea that Internet users are the content. It’s been said before, most notably in analyses of Facebook, that users are not customers, but rather the content themselves, and Pariser … Continue reading

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Week 4 Response- Sam Moon

Chapter 1 of “The Filter Bubble” by Eli Pariser is about how companies use data points to unknowingly collect information about internet users to turn a profit for their companies. There are pros and cons to this. The plus side … Continue reading

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Week 4

Morozov takes a new look on how the Internet has affected society. Contrary to Shirky, who sees the Internet as powering movements and political change, Morozov argues that social media and the Internet in particular has made people complacent. They … Continue reading

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Week 4- “Your Behavior As A Commodity”

The “push for relevance” has transformed business ideas like Amazon, Google, and Facebook into “internet giants” that have made all web users’ behavior a valued commodity. In chapter one of “The Filter Bubble,” Pariser talks about many Internet based companies … Continue reading

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Week 4

This week’s reading from Morozov greatly contrasted Shirky’s Chapter 7 in that Shirky discusses the benefits of social media in attracting and affecting crowds actions and beliefs towards events and causes and Morozov discusses the reality of media in authoritarian … Continue reading

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Week 4

The Pariser and Morozov readings are centralized around the ideas of filtering as a way of personalization and censorship. When people think about censorship I think it is fair to assume that their thoughts are most often negative. However, Morozov … Continue reading

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Week 4- mid-tail content

Layne Steele Paddon Morozov’s arguments about the powerful effects of entertainment-based internet practices, and internet censorship, begs the exploration of the parallel’s with the newly discovered mid-tail content. Morozov’s core argument of chapter 3 revolves around an individual’s urn for … Continue reading

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week 4 readings

After reading both Praiser and Morozov’s works, it seems as though there is a sort of paradoxical theme that the democratic nature of the Internet actually discourage a movement towards democracy in communist countries. In The Filer Bubble, Praiser insinuates … Continue reading

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Week 4 – Drew Daniel

Chapter 3 of the Morozov reading looks into the rise in technologies such as the Internet and cable television and how authoritarian governments have dealt with this as far as censorship is concerned. At first these governments were concerned about … Continue reading

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Filter Bubble Threat to Democracy

Although the filter bubble discussed by Pariser makes sifting through the immense amount of news that is available to us today bearable, I believe the filter bubble is an example of the negative way that the Internet has impacted our … Continue reading

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The Internet and Citizens’ Changing Values

In the Net Delusion, Morozov launched an incisive critique of the school of thought (led by Shirky) that is over-optimistic in divining that the Internet, by allowing more participation, and denser networks to congeal, has the power to bring about … Continue reading

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Week Four Blog Post

Filtering has a huge impact on today’s society. It has changed the way we gather and censor information on the web.  In both Censors and Sensibilities by Morozow and The Filter Bubble by Pariser, the authors discuss the impact of … Continue reading

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Week 4

Do you ever wonder if the advertisements on the sides of the internet pages you are browsing have any relevance to you? Both Pariser and Morozov discuss online filtering and censorship in their respective works. Both of their discussions also … Continue reading

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Wk 4: Pariser

The 2 chapters I am focusing this week’s blog post on come from the Pariser Book, “The Filter Bubble, What the Internet is Hiding from You.” In Chapter 1, “The Race for Relevance” the author begins by addressing this idea … Continue reading

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Week 4 Reading Responses

When I was reading the articles/chapters for this week’s assignment, I could not help but think about one of the concepts we discussed in my Comm 381 class: uses and gratifications. The Uses and Gratifications theory essentially claims that people … Continue reading

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Week 4: Advantages and disadvantages of filtering

In chapter 1 of Pariser’s The FIlter Bubble he discusses the idea of collaborative filtering which tracks what the users like. This idea has been used most effectively in Amazon, Google, and Facebook. Amazon used collaborative filtering to determine other books … Continue reading

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Censorship: Beneficial to Democracies?

  Up until these past readings, I have always questioned the need for censorship on the Internet, specifically in the U.S., minus serial killers via Craig’s List, rapists, terrorists and such. The internet has been perceived by many including myself … Continue reading

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Morozov and Pariser

Morozov and Pariser both talk about censorship and filtering on the internet. Censorship and filtering have allowed for governments and companies to better service the people that they represent. The internet has transformed in recent years to an entity for … Continue reading

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Patrick Nolan week 4

In Morozov chapter 4, the author talked about the gap between the reality of authoritarian regimes and the way they are perceived. The author didn’t make this point necessarily, but I believe a parallel to the gap in understanding can … Continue reading

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The Effect of Censorship on Online Communities

While reading Pariser and Morozov I couldn’t help but think about the uncanny connection to my discussion question from week three. Last week I proposed the idea that the lack of collaboration between members of heterogeneous groups would lead social … Continue reading

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Week 3: Cody Patton

In chapter 2 of Smart Mobs, Reingold discusses the collective action dilemma. Collective action dilemmas are the perpetual balancing of self-interest and the public good. In order for public good to be created, people must sacrifice their self-interest. If everyone … Continue reading

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Week 3; Collective Action

In chapter 7 of Here Comes Everybody, Shirky discusses the organization and execution of collective action. As part of the introduction to the subject, Shirky brings up the German warfare tactic utilized during the Second World War known as Blitzkrieg. … Continue reading

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Week 3: Collective Action Enabled by a Digital World

by Gabrielle Boyle. This week, both Shirky and Rheingold discuss how collective action has grown as an important tool in political activism, as well as arguing certain setbacks and advantages that social networking has introduced to our digitally inclined society. … Continue reading

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