Archive for August, 2004

Wikipedia Reputation

Sunday, August 29th, 2004

Ross commented on Wikipedia’s reputation here.

The core issue of collaborative editing, that of accuracy and trust, has reached a point in debate where research is needed to advance the practice of content use and development. Hiawatha Bray of the Boston Globle offered a Wikipedia criticism in July, calling it One great source — if you can trust it:


Saturday, August 28th, 2004



Political protesters hear call with text messaging

Saturday, August 28th, 2004

Via: Smart Mobs:

A well written article by Noah Shachtman for the Chicago Tribune on how the mobile phone has become a tool of choice for US political organizers with some quotes from Howard.


MoveOn and the politics of grassroots mobilization

Thursday, August 26th, 2004

Gary Wolf in Wired magazine: A quiet couple in Berkeley, California, got sick of being ignored by the system. So they built a new one. How changed the face of fund raising, brought P2P to political advertising and reinvented…

Via: New Media Musings


Web 2.0

Thursday, August 26th, 2004

John Battelle’s Web 2.0 conference is on a wide range of topics, including RSS and Web publishing, online and search marketing, social networks, blogs, wikis, and much more.

Collaborative knowledge gardening

Wednesday, August 25th, 2004

Jon Udell’s article: “with flickr and, social networking goes beyond sharing contacts and connections.”

You were not impressed by the first generation of social networking software, but this time can be different. According to Jon, “ address specific activities that benefit from an informal, diverse network of people. Flickr, as I would explain it to my friends and family, is a way to easily upload and share digital photos. And does the same thing, only for Web bookmarks. ”

Whale culture and CAS perspective

Monday, August 23rd, 2004

This is from Mayer-Kress’s work in 2000. “Culture can be viewed as one manifestation of an emergent, self-organized structure of a complex, adaptive system. (Strogatz 1994)……In cultures without written language, songs play an important role in preserving the community’s collective memory……recurrent structure and patterns in humpback whale songs that are similar to musical themes and motives in human songs. ”


How Participatory Journalism is Being Used Now

Saturday, August 21st, 2004

From Rebecca’s Techjournalism News:
“JEFF JARVIS is now talking.

He begins by summarizing what makes blogs unique and new.

“news is a conversation.”

“Mass market is dead. The mass of niches is going to take over media.”

Mary Lou Fulton shows us the participatory community news site, Northwest Voice, a project by the Bakersfield Californian. It uses a set of software tools developed by iUpload. The site’s citizen journalism model is not unlike South Korea’s OhMyNews. It is not a blog.

Another article about RSS

Saturday, August 21st, 2004

Mark Pilgrim Wrote “RSS is a format for syndicating news and the content of news-like sites, including major news sites like Wired, news-oriented community sites like Slashdot, and personal weblogs. But it’s not just for news. Pretty much anything that can be broken down into discrete items can be syndicated via RSS: the “recent changes” page of a wiki, a changelog of CVS checkins, even the revision history of a book. Once information about each item is in RSS format, an RSS-aware program can check the feed for changes and react to the changes in an appropriate way. ”

Here is his article.

Unconventional economists and sociologists who study markets

Saturday, August 21st, 2004

Peter introduced some unconventional economists: “Examples of economists in this group include Bob Frank (interesting past books include _Passions within Reason_), Robert Shiller (_Irrational Exuberance_ – yes, he’s the guy who coined the phrase that was then used by Greenspan), Sam Bowles and Herb Gintis (formally of the famously heterodox econ department at U Mass Amherst, now associated with the Santa Fe Institute), Marcel Fafchamps (does quantitative empirical research on social capital in informal economies), and Ernst Fehr (so wonderfully talented and creative that he’s done work on everything from reciprocity to the hormone oxytocin).

Examples of sociologists doing great work on economic matters include Mark Granovetter, Ron Burt, Wayne Baker, and Brian Uzzi. Social network analysis and social capital are common themes among these sociologists.”