Category Archives: Fall 2012

Groupthink on Social Networking Sites

In his book Here Comes Everybody, Shirky theorizes that increased Internet use leads to a greater social capital and collective action. With the increased prevalence of social networking sites, many wondered how this new ability to access instant information at … Continue reading

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Digital Activism Around the World

This week’s reading by Glaisyer, “Political Factors: Digital Activism in Closed and Open Societies,” was a unique analysis and discussion of different types of governments around the world and how political activism through the Internet is viewed, utilized, and censored.  … Continue reading

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SNSs and Social Capital

Many debate whether or not social networking sites encourage social capital or hider it. In the study conducted by Pasek, More, and Romer Realizing the Social Internet? Online Social Network Meets Offline Social Capital, they concluded that the influence of … Continue reading

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The Role of Social Media in the Arab Spring

In Measuring the Success of Digital Campaigns David Karpf describes what makes a digital campaign successful. He outlines two different ways to assess a campaign—tactical and strategic measures. Tactical metric is when you measure the raw number of traffic a … Continue reading

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Week 4: Personalized Content and the Internet

The readings this week examine how the Internet as evolved into a tool of personalization. An environment that allows users to see news, advertisements, etc. that are personalized to their interests. While some may view this technology advancement as positive, … Continue reading

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From Open Access to Profit Margins

Eli Paiser’s The Filter Bubble outlines the complex algorithms and systems with determine the content users see on the internet. From Google’s PageRank which decides if you’ll see Seal the singer or a seal cub, to Facebook’s Edgerank which number … Continue reading

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Say Hello to My Little Friends: Mobs and Social Capital

Unattached to a preceding term, a mob simply refers to a group of people, stemming from the Latin term mobile vulgus meaning fickle commoners. Coining the two-part term, “smart mob” Howard Rheingold investigates how a mob can act intelligently and … Continue reading

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Publish-then-filter: how do we filter?

Are we better or worse off in a world where groups can easily form without social approval?  Shirky raises this question in Chapter 8 of Here Comes Everybody, and how he addresses the question interested, but also slightly confused me.  … Continue reading

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Changing Social Capital and Collective Action

Shirky discusses the necessary complex interaction of a promise, tool, and bargain with the users in order for a group to be successful. The promise must offer a more valuable lifestyle in some way than he or she currently leads … Continue reading

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Week 3: The Absence of Social Pressure

This morning on Ellen, I saw the perfect example of one of the main points of discussion for Clay Shirky’s “Here Comes Everybody”.  Shirky explains that group formation has become easier and faster with the use of new media today.

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Promise, Tool, Bargain and the Success of Groups

In Chapter 11 of Here Comes Everybody, Shirky states that in order for a group to be successful, it must hold three major elements: a promise, a tool, and a bargain. The promise is essentially the reason why anyone would … Continue reading

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Social Capital and the Effectiveness of Groups

One of the aspects of Shirky’s chapter 8 that interested me the most this week was the discussion of social capital and its decline, and how this lead people to think about the Internet as a potential solution.  Social capital … Continue reading

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The Problem of Collective Action

In Technologies of Cooperation, Rheingold summarizes the Collective Action dilemma as a situation where everyone in a group will benefit from participating in a certain action, but no one individually wants to take any action to achieve the results. Therefore, … Continue reading

Posted in Fall 2012, Week 3 | 1 Comment

Counterculture of Convenience

The counterculture of the late 1960’s is credited as being a major contributor in the rise of the computer and new media landscape. The computer blossoming into a device that can be used by everyday Americans gave it a sense … Continue reading

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Technological Progress and Collective Action

Even from the field’s earliest days, developments in computer science have served to increase cooperation and shared knowledge. This week’s Turner reading discussed the influence of the commune lifestyle on early computer scientists. They were influenced by the spirit of … Continue reading

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Week 2: Turner and Shirky

In Counterculture to Cyberculture, Turner discusses the evolution of computers and technology from the 1940’s-1980’s. He describes how the technology has changed from primarily Governmental/military use during World War 2 to the beginning of individual use in 1984 when Apple … Continue reading

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