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  • Clive 9:24 pm on November 30, 2008 Permalink
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    Twitter comes of age 

    Twitter comes of age with fast reports from the ground in Mumbai | World news | The Guardian

    Bloggers provided a “public service” function, creating sites that
    divert users to Foreign Office advice, police reports, helpline
    numbers, and Google documents containing lists of the injured and killed.

    Newspaper and magazine readers had to wait for much of the gripping writing from the scene, but the blogosphere was filled
    with accounts from the outset.

  • Clive 12:43 pm on June 20, 2008 Permalink
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    Protecting wildlife with twitter 

    cybersoc.com: rangers use twitter & blogs to tell story of protecting wildlife in east africa

    Rangers in the Mara Triangle area of the Masai Mara are rather busy these days – trying to stop illegal poaching, worrying about colleagues shot by poachers and, now, twittering and blogging.

  • Clive 4:50 pm on January 8, 2008 Permalink
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    My use of RSS 

    For some time now I’ve been wanting to evangelise on the benefits of using rss (or really simple syndication) to control the tide of information coming at us as we resemble more and more terminal ants on the keyboard of life.

    For the past three years rss has been proclaimed as the tool to usher in the new era of the web. But it hasn’t really caught on. Most people think its geeky, too complicated and/or that it leads to information overload (ie more information overload). However …

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  • Clive 1:31 pm on October 21, 2007 Permalink |
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    It’s all interconnected 

    From an interview with Michael Wesch:

    For me, cultural anthropology is a continuous exercise in expanding my mind and my empathy, building primarily from one simple principle: everything is connected. This is true on many levels. First, everything including the environment, technology, economy, social structure, politics, religion, art and more are all interconnected. As I tried to illustrate in the video, this means that a change in one area (such as the way we communicate) can have a profound effect on everything else, including family, love, and our sense of being itself. Second, everything is connected throughout all time, and so as anthropologists we take a very broad view of human history, looking thousands or even millions of years into the past and into the future as well. And finally, all people on the planet are connected. This has always been true environmentally because we share the same planet. Today it is even more true with increasing economic and media globalization.

    My friends in Papua New Guinea are experts in relationships and grasp the ways that we are all connected in much more profound ways than we do. They go so far as to suggest that their own health is dependent on strong relations with others. When they get sick they carefully examine their relations with others and try to heal those relations in order to heal their bodies.
    In contrast, we tend to emphasize our independence and individuality, failing to realize just how interconnected we are with each other and the rest of the world, and disregarding the health of our relationships with others. This became clear to me when I saw a small boy in a Papua New Guinea village wearing a torn and tattered University of Nebraska sweatshirt, the only item of clothing he owned. The grim reality for me at that moment was that the same village was producing coffee which eventually found its way onto shelves in my hometown in Nebraska, and this boy may never be able to afford to drink the coffee produced in his own village.

  • Clive 5:52 pm on October 14, 2007 Permalink |
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    Henry Jenkins on YouTube 


    The following is adapted from remarks I made at the International Communications Association conference in San Francisco this past week. I was asked to be part of a plenary session organized by Fred Turner, “What’s So Significant about Social Networking?: Web 2.0 and Its Critical Potential,” which also featured Howard Rheingold, Beth Noveck, and Tiziana Terranova. We had ten minutes to speak so I took this as a challenge and offered nine big ideas about the place of YouTube in contemporary culture. Many of these ideas will be familiar to regular readers of this blog since most of them have evolved here over the past year, but I thought you might find them interesting distilled down in this form. (For those who may be joining us from the ICA crowd, I’ve included links back to the original posts from which these ideas have evolved.)

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