East-West Divide on the Web: Different Needs, Different Stories

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Published on January 13, 2008

Author: evgeny.morozov

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presentation by Evgeny Morozov at European bloggers Unconference in Amsterdam during Picnic CrossMedia Week, late Sept 2007

East-West Divide on the Web Different needs, different stories by Evgeny Morozov, September 27, 2007

Source: Valleywagl Are we talking past each other? Source: Valleywagl Source: Valleywagl

1. DailyKos 2. BoingBoing 3. LiveJournal 4. Michelle Malkin 5. Porn 6. Sports green —one-way links blue —reciprocal links source: Discover Magazine

1. DailyKos

2. BoingBoing

3. LiveJournal

4. Michelle Malkin

5. Porn

6. Sports

green —one-way links

blue —reciprocal links

source: Discover Magazine

How receptive is the Internet to non-English speakers?

 

 

Whose story is more important? or

Pictures not words

 

 

 

 

 

 

The “true” history of Web2.0

But this “cartoon” means almost nothing to most users in the developing world...

Same tools; different causes vs

Chocolate shops around the world

Or land distribution in Bahrain?

 

Mobile phones are an even better example

Different needs drive different uses Mobile Reporting (voices of africa)‏ Mobile Financing (mukuru.com)‏ Mobile Health (data transfer; connecting clinics)‏ Mobile Trade (connects buyers and sellers via SMS to price)

Mobile Reporting (voices of africa)‏

Mobile Financing (mukuru.com)‏

Mobile Health (data transfer; connecting clinics)‏

Mobile Trade (connects buyers and sellers via SMS to price)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ambivalence of Technology “ technology is not a thing in the ordinary sense of the term, but an "ambivalent" process of development suspended between different possibilities... technology is not a destiny but a scene of struggle. It is a social battlefield...[it's] a parliament of things on which civilizational alternatives are debated and decided” Andrew Feenberg

Subversive rationalization “ Differences in the way social groups interpret and use technical objects are not merely intrinsic but make a difference in the nature of the objects themselves. What the object is for the groups that ultimately decide its fate determines what it becomes as it is redesigned and improved over time...” Andrew Feenberg

 

Whoever is capable of this

 

is also capable of this...

and this...

 

 

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