Archive for December, 2003

A Weblog Definition

Tuesday, December 30th, 2003

Jill Walker in Norway wrote this definition on her blog.

Weblogs are serial and cumulative, and readers tend to read small amounts at a time, returning hours, days, or weeks later to read entries written since their last visit. This serial or episodic structure is similar to that found in epistolary novels or diaries, but unlike these a weblog is open-ended, finishing only when the writer tires of writing (see narrative structure).

《六度》

Tuesday, December 30th, 2003

继续读邓肯的《六度》。去年在桑塔费,马克介绍的是《链接》。现在接着上次(十二月十一号)的思路,似乎重要的不是Power Law,而是网路的阈值模型,因为博客网路的高联接度,更接近本质地说明信息在其中发生、传播和增殖的过程。

记忆,十天以前

Tuesday, December 30th, 2003

日出起飞,日落到达。飞机穿落夕照云层,沐浴在晚霞红光中。

From Tragedy of the Commons to Information Cascade

Tuesday, December 30th, 2003

According to the tragedy of the commons, we can NOT be trusted to do even those things that are obviously in our collective best interests, such as taxation. The utopian balance of public and private interests in this situation is inherently unstable. This dilemma “expresses the inescapable conundrum of individuals who have their own interests at heart and who can control only their own decisions, but who have to live with the consequences of everyone else’s decisions as well.” (“Six Degrees” by Duncan J. Watts, 2003, p 204 – 219)

But not every dilemma has to end in tears. So Duncan’s question is “what are the origins and preconditions of cooperation?”

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Blogger’s meeting at Berkman Center

Friday, December 26th, 2003

A blogger named Jake recorded the webcast of the weekly blogger meeting at Berkman on December 4. At the dinner meeting with Dave Winer last month, you asked him about these meetings and half joked to him that organizing these meetings is like “spreading a religion.” Dave nodded. He linked to Mu Zimei. And you are listening to his “preaching” now.

蚂蚁和博客

Friday, December 19th, 2003

这里算是个旁注。类比可以是肤浅的也是危险的,

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WJ as a Process

Friday, December 19th, 2003

“”Chinameme ” was the name you originally thought of for the CDN weblog, but soon realized it is too much a copy of Lawmeme. In the class Keasha suggested another name “China Digital Fire,” she also tried to catch the character that digital information can spread rapidly as wildfire in cyberspace. This Regional Briefings on China from Winds of Change is yet another illustration of how information travels and is filtered and reorganized among bloggers. The weblog trackback function enables and facilitates this process. But there is certainly more to it than just information dissemination. Comments, analysis, additional information and expert knowledge are often being added during this process. If new insights, information, and understanding emerge from this process, can we call it “weblog journalism?”

从汪丁丁的观察想起

Friday, December 19th, 2003

经济学家汪丁丁在博客中国上发出新书《在市场里交谈》的前言,一些观察很准。

比如:“网络社会,与真实(即每一个人都有明确身份的)社会一样,必须解决“自由”与“秩序”的关系问题,才可能获得广阔的发展。而网络社会成员的身份缺失,无疑加剧了自由与秩序的冲突。所以,研究网络社会的发展,特别具有指导我们在真实社会里解决自由与秩序的冲突的意义。”

其实,博客有可能是解决这一“身份”问题,使得网络社会(CAS)有可能形成的一个关键。博客可能是稳定的(信任,信用)节点,而且似乎有聚合、标识、多元、流动和相互作用非线性等特点,那么这里的内在机制究竟是什么呢?建造基砖又怎样得来?(还没有考虑这里系统是开放的,与环境是共演的。)更复杂的系统能否?怎样?涌现出来?说到这里,是不是要先回到 Joi ItoJohn Holland 呢?

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The Meatrix

Friday, December 19th, 2003

????The Matrix???????????

开源的市场机制

Thursday, December 18th, 2003

《区域的优势》是SIMS Analee Saxenian 教授写的一本和亚洲高科技经济发展有关的书。她对硅谷,那里中国和印度移民技术人才的贡献都有相当的了解,同时也参与了未来研究所。另一位 John Zysman 教授的领域是国际经济学。两位都是政治学背景出身的,一定和午餐由T.J 做东有关。主宾是社科院的 J 教授。

JZ关于政府决定使用开源软件的疑问是:开源运动在服务器领域的成功,一个重要之处是用户和参与者都是同样一群人。而开源软件在应用市场,就失去了这样的机制和动力基础。没有这一点,无论政府怎样行政决定,投资支持,只要用户仅仅是选择最便宜和最实用的软件,这时的市场机制会在开源这一边吗?