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  • Clive 11:51 am on July 14, 2008 Permalink
    Tags: Benkler, social networks   

    The “networked information economy”- Benkler 

    Chapter 1: Benkler 2006 The Wealth of Networks.

    What do we mean by ‘knowlege economy’? Benkler’s central arguments concerns the implication of the emergence of what he calls the “networked information economy”, an economy that has placed the material means of information and cultural production in the hands of a signficant fraction of the world’s population – in the order of a billion people (and rising – get stats) [3].

    In the past decade and a half, we have begun to see a radical change in the organization of information production. Enabled by technoglogical change, we are beginning to see a series of economic, social and cultural adaptations that make possible a radical transformation of how we make the information environment we occupy as autonomous individuals, citizens, and members of cultural and social groups. [1]

    The changes are deep, structural and ‘revolutionary’ accoding to Benkler and create new opportunities for the creation and exchange of knowledge. They are post-industrial in the sense that the means of information production are now owned by increasingly large numbers of individuals in comparison with the situation of only a few decades ago.

    The fact that every such effort [to reach, inform, and edify millions of people around the globe] is available to anyone connected to the network, from anywhere, has led to the emergence of coordinated effects, where the aggregate effect of individual action, even when it is not self-consciously cooperative, produces the coordinate effect of a new and rich information environment. [5].

    Such a situation has obvious challenges. How we lever, filter, retrieve and interact with available information becomes critical to a knowledge economy.

  • Clive 10:10 pm on June 23, 2008 Permalink
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    Social media = social action 

    Find Pick-Up Basketball Games, Find Players with InfiniteHoops

    Using the power of social media and mashups to organise basketball games on the hoof.

  • Clive 10:40 am on May 18, 2008 Permalink
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    Research ethics and social networking 

    Science of the Invisible: Research Ethics in the MySpace Era

    A better analogy for research on social networking Web sites would be research on newspaper personal ads. Similar to a MySpace profile, the information is intended to be available to the public and invites correspondence. Both the personal ad and a MySpace profile may contain very personal and intimate information, but this information has been
    selected by its owner to be published in a public forum. The “subjects” might claim that they did not intend for the information to be used for research purposes, but they could not plausibly claim that the information was private.

  • Clive 2:28 pm on November 16, 2007 Permalink |
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    CMC Special Issue 

    Social Network Sites: Definition, History, and Scholarship


    Social network sites (SNSs) are increasingly attracting the attention of academic and industry researchers intrigued by their affordances and reach. This special theme section of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication brings together scholarship on these emergent phenomena. In this introductory article, we describe features of SNSs and propose a comprehensive definition. We then present one perspective on the history of such sites, discussing key changes and developments. After briefly summarizing existing scholarship concerning SNSs, we discuss the articles in this special section and conclude with considerations for future research.

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  • Clive 11:09 am on October 30, 2007 Permalink |
    Tags: castells, , social networks   

    Interview with Manuel Castells 

    Identity and Change in the network society. Video interview from the Series: “Conversations with History” [6/2003] [Humanities] [Show ID: 7234] UC Berkeley.

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