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Selfish or Supportive?

Nature says as humans we have a tendency toward our own self-interests considering that we are rational beings.  This is according to political philosopher Thomas Hobbes as described by Rheingold in Chapter 2: Technologies of Cooperation.  When it comes to … Continue reading

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Reduced Barriers to Social Capital

In “Solving Social Dilemmas” of Here Come Everybody, Shirky focuses on social capital, which he defines as habits of cooperation. When the U.S. was experiencing declining social capital, Heiferman noted “people would take steps to increase their communal participation if someone … Continue reading

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Are There Problems with Free Collective Action?

“Your corn is ripe today, mine will be so tomorrow. ‘Tis profitable for us both, that I shou’d labour with you to-day and that you should aid me tomorrow.” (David Hume/Reingold 29) In the increasingly interconnected and global Internet age, … Continue reading

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Social Capital and Cyberspace

Social capital, as described by Shirky in Chapter 8, is when people interact together, resulting in more earning potential and happiness. This social capital, in today’s technological society, comes in the form of an alternate reality, cyberspace. And although cyberspace … 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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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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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

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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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Week 3 Readings

For our readings this week, I found them to be entertaining and similar to each other. Shirkey and Rheingold both touched on the concepts of groups whether it was in the context of collaboration, movements, or even just flash mobs. … Continue reading

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Week 3

Over the years, collective action has become revolutionized due to the introduction of various technologies, specifically the internet and mobile devices, as analayzed by Shirky and Rheingold. Throughout history, specifically during times of conflict, people have united together in masses … Continue reading

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Week 3 Response

With social media being such an important part of Internet use nowadays, collective action seems easier and more common than ever. In the past, if you wanted to organize a political rally or some other form of a group gathering, … Continue reading

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Collective Action

Managing to get a large group of people to get behind one idea and take action on it can be a very difficult task, but the internet and social networking sites have made it easier for collective action to happen. … Continue reading

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Week 3

I was very interested in the collective action versus individual action concept that both Shirky and Rheingold discussed in their writing.  The idea that an individual is more successful than a group was puzzling at first.  However, as the readings … Continue reading

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Week 3 Response- Sam Moon

Rheingold’s was interested in understanding “what people gain from virtual communities that keeps them sharing information” (pg. 30) when according to The Tragedy of the Commons, “freedom in a commons brings ruin to all” (pg. 34). His research through interviews … Continue reading

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Week 3 Response

In “Here Comes Everybody” Clay Shirky discusses collective action. Collective action is when a group acts together. This is more effective and in some eyes, more dangerous than if an individual were to act in the same way but alone.  … Continue reading

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Is Political Mobilization Affected by a Collective Action Problem?

In this post, I seek to address two points. First, I analyze the theoretical problems that have arisen when Shirky and Rheinegold focus on how social media can reduce the cost element which they regard as being critical in inhibiting … Continue reading

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Week 3: “Everyone is a Media Outlet”- Shirkey

In chapters 3 through 5, Shirky describes three concepts—mass amateurization, publish then filter, and collaborative production to describe the communication revolution via the Internet. This communication revolution entails the integration of Internet through bloggers. One of the main themes Shirky … Continue reading

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Week 3-Shirky & Rheingold

Chapter two of “Smart Mobs” by Rheingold focuses on how common pool resources can help explain the collection action theory which helps to examine how computer networks are social networks. Whereas chapter eight of “Here Comes Everybody” by Shirky examines … Continue reading

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Week 3

In Shirkey’s Here Comes Everybody, and Rheingold’s Smart Mobs, both talk about how the Internet has empowered people to come together, coordinate and create social capital. Rheingold theorizes how the Internet is one of the best examples of collective goods. … Continue reading

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Week 3

Week 3 – readings The “Technologies of Cooperation” chapter starts off with a very provocative thought. “What do people gain from virtual communities that keeps them sharing information with people they might never meet face to face?” Since the birth … Continue reading

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week 3 – alexia tamer

The readings for this week discuss collective action as a powerful concept in regards to political activism, which arose with the phenomenon of the Internet, and particularly with the emergence of social media. Prior to the Internet, attempts for collective … Continue reading

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One of the questions that Rheingold poses early on in his piece is, “What do people gain from virtual communities that keeps them sharing information with people they might never meet face to face?” (30). The amazing thing about these … Continue reading

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Week 3: Drew Daniel

In Chapter 2 Rheingold talks about the collective action dillema which is the balancing of self interest and public goods. This theory essentially states that if every person is only acts on what will benefit he or she the most … Continue reading

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Week 3: Jamie Schwarz

The story that Shirky tells in chapter 1 sets a perfect tone for the rest of the chapters of the book. By reading a prime example of how a story can form from basically nothing in to a national phenomenon, … Continue reading

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Week Three – Shirky and Rheingold

Both Rheingold and Shirky discuss the idea of cooperation among the human race and how it has transformed with the invention of the Internet. While both delve into the connection between organized conflict and the advent of mobile devices, Shirky … Continue reading

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Week 3

Throughout chapters 7,8 & 9 Shirky argues the need,  fascination, and inclination humans have to form groups and bonds with others via social tools living on the internet.  Shirky claims the internet and more specifically social tools are extremely low … Continue reading

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Chapter 8 of Shirky’s ‘Here Comes Everybody’, “Solving Social Dilemmas”, discusses many of the problems that exist in modern American society. People have become less likely to participate in group activities, and there is a fear that the intangible social … Continue reading

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Anyone can tell you from past experience how difficult it is to get mass groups of people to act in the same way or how you want them to. The emergence of the Internet and mobile communication has facilitated communication … Continue reading

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Week 3 – Clay Shirky

In Clay Shirky’s book, “Here Comes Everybody” he addresses the changing media landscape we know today where innovation is happening everywhere. In the third chapter of his book, Shirky focuses on the idea of publishing and how the invention of … Continue reading

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