Published on February 19, 2009
Social Media Week #4 Does Cyber Clustering Make Us Feel Isolated, Lonely, Depressed, and Intolerant of Difference? Trebor Scholz | LCST 2031 A | Spring 2009
What You Need To Know About This Course week 1 Histories of the Internet week 2 Histories of the Internet and World Wide Web week 3 Social Media, Cyber Clustering, and Social Isolation week 4 Participation: Benefits, Numbers, and Quality week 5 Quality. The Wisdom or Ineptitude of the Crowd The Web 2.0 Ideology week 7 week 6 Art and Social Media Spring Break week 8 Political Net Activism week 9 What Does It Take To Participate? Why Participate? week 10 Got Ethics? Labor, Work, What? week 11 week 14 The Power of Users week 13 Net Neutrality week 12 Near Future Scenarios week 15 Presentations Trebor Scholz | LCST 2031 A | Spring 2009
‘We have reason to fear that the multitude of books which grows every day in a prodigious fashion will make the following centuries fall into a state as barbarous as that of the centuries that followed the fall of the Roman Empire.' Adrien Baillet (1685) Reading Strategies for Coping with Information Overload. A. Blair. 2003. Journal of the History of Ideas. 64:11-28.
Vannevar Bush quot;knowledge on callquot; hyperlinked pages and the “memex” http://tinyurl.com/39mf8l http://tinyurl.com/3b7h9v
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JhuqbaH9bI&feature=PlayList&p=A38B27ECF0AEB7E3&playnext=1&index=2 Yu-Gi-Oh Episode 99 Isolated In Cyber Space Part 1/2
Is Cyber Clustering Making Us Isolated, Lonely, Depressed, and Intolerant of Difference? week 4 Feb 18 Required Reading: John Palfrey and Urs Gasser, quot;Overload,quot; John Palfrey and Urs Gasser, Born Digital (New York: Basic Books, 2008) 185-208. Your Response. Getting Started: What struck me most about the text is... The question that I'd most like to ask the author of the text is ... The idea I most take issue with in the text is... The part of the text that I felt made the most sense to me was ... Trebor Scholz | LCST 2031 A | Spring 2009
TOPIC CLUSTERS Iranian blogosphere http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/sites/cyber.law.harvard.edu/ﬁles/Iran_blogosphere_map.jpg
Is Cyber Clustering Making Us Isolated, Lonely, Depressed, and Intolerant of Difference? Required Reading: John Palfrey and Urs Gasser, quot;Overload,quot; John Palfrey and Urs Gasser, Born Digital (New York: Basic Books, 2008) 185-208. Response: Henry: - difference between voluntary overload and involuntary overload (at work) On Cyber clustering - People are using many different facilities. They are exposed to difference because they encounter it face-to-face and in the various online forums that they are joining. People don’t only participate in one forum. Even experts on a given topic have differences in opinion and interest outside of the given subject of discussion. Social utilities are not “end-of-all” solutions. “You go there for a particular reason and then leave.” Trebor Scholz | LCST 2031 A | Spring 2009
https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A0=new-media-curating Discussions among experts can be very valuable.
Social Media, Cyber Clustering, and Social Isolation week 4 Feb 18 Suggested Reading: Vedantam, Shankar. quot;Social Isolation Growing in U.S., Study Says.quot; Washington Post 23 June 2006. 3 Jan. 2009 <http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/22/AR2006062201763_pf.html>. Trebor Scholz | LCST 2031 A | Spring 2009
Is Cyber Clustering Making Us Isolated, Lonely, Depressed, and Intolerant of Difference? Required Reading: Ray Oldenburg, quot;The Character of Third Places,quot; Ray Oldenburg, The Great Good Place (New York: Marlowe, 1999) 21-42. Your response. Getting Started: Which quotes do you affirm? Do you have a memorable experience of conversing with around a narrowly defined topic which you know very well? Which quotes do you wish to challenge? Trebor Scholz | LCST 2031 A | Spring 2009
“Compared with 1985, nearly 50 percent more people in 2004 reported that their spouse is the only person they can conﬁde in. But if people face trouble in that relationship, or if a spouse falls sick, that means these people have no one to turn to for help, Smith-Lovin said.” quot;We know these close ties are what people depend on in bad times,quot; she said. quot;We're not saying people are completely isolated. They may have 600 friends on Facebook.com [a popular networking Web site] and e-mail 25 people a day, but they are not discussing matters that are personally important.quot; http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/22/AR2006062201763_pf.html Trebor Scholz | LCST 2031 A | Spring 2009
“...working two or more jobs to make ends meet, and long commutes leave many people too exhausted to seek social -- as well as family -- connections: quot;Maybe sitting around watching 'Desperate Housewives' . . . is what counts for family interaction.quot; quot;For most of the 20th century, Americans were becoming more connected with family and friends, and there was more giving of blood and money, and all of those trend lines turn sharply in the middle '60s and have gone in the other direction ever since,quot; Robert Putnam “Putnam has estimated that every 10-minute increase in commutes makes it 10 percent less likely that people will establish and maintain close social ties.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/22/AR2006062201763_pf.html Trebor Scholz | LCST 2031 A | Spring 2009
quot;That image of people on roofs after Katrina resonates with me, because those people did not know someone with a car,quot; said Lynn Smith- Lovin, a Duke University sociologist who helped conduct the study. quot;There really is less of a safety net of close friends and conﬁdants.quot; http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/22/AR2006062201763_pf.html http://www.katrinadestruction.com/images/d/13132-7/Image+of+house_under_water
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iWorld ? Tylor: “technologies can isolate you from opportunity”
https://www.23andme.com/ What if 23andme shares data about your propensity to get certain diseases with health insurance companies or dating sites?
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