Archive for October, 2004

Ambient Opportunity from BobF

Sunday, October 31st, 2004

“With Ambient Connectivity we define connectivity in terms of relationships, not network paths. These relationships don’t depend upon a central authority, a physical path (such as a wire) or a dedicated “frequency” — they are independent of such mechanisms! We can use any medium and any path to exchange packets. ”

From BobF, via: Ken.


After the Old German Town

Saturday, October 16th, 2004

Fourteen years has passed since you drove to the Old German Town in pouring rain. Have you expected this?


Wiki profile

Wednesday, October 13th, 2004

A profile for wiki, from Caslon Analytics.


Sunday, October 10th, 2004



Observation, structure and autonomy

Sunday, October 10th, 2004

From “Academic Resources : Autopoiesis“: “Systems are structure determined. That is, anything a system does at any moment in time is determined by its structure – its component bits and pieces, and the relationships between them.”


Counterculture and Cyberculture

Thursday, October 7th, 2004

Fred Turner started his talk with “In 64, computer is symbol of repression. Today, computer is the symbol of liberation.”

How did the two worlds come together?
1990s. Techno-utopianism emerged.
Is it always true for new technologies, or it is the fact that new “virtual class” needed new idiologies?


The Long Tail

Wednesday, October 6th, 2004

Mary shared an old article on Wired (by Chris Anderson) last year. You enjoyed reading it.



Tuesday, October 5th, 2004



The locus of truth on the Web?

Saturday, October 2nd, 2004

From Berkman Center news: “ — the grassroots encyclopedia — has frozen edits to the page about George W. Bush because supporters and detractors were revising thepage at a head-spinning clip. Wikipedia’s aim is to present an article that contains the core of acknowledged facts about the President, with links to pages that argue many sides of the issue. This assumes that there is an objective core, an idea that dedicated Post-Modernists would dispute. For the rest of us it raises interesting questions about the Web’s effect on authority. Is the multiplicity of voices on the Web in fact leading us to a stronger division between fact and opinion than ever before, rather than the fusing of fact and values some have expected? And is authority moving to groups instead of to individuals? Are we seeing the development of “multi-subjectivity,” that is, webs of subjective commentary that, because of their diverse viewpoints, can “compete for truth” with objective sources. What’s the locus of truth on the Web? ”

The Two Pieces Social Software Must Have

Saturday, October 2nd, 2004

From Clay Shirky on Many-to-Many:

I think there are in fact only two attributes — Groups and Conversations — which are on the ‘necessary and sufficient’ list (though I have expanded the latter to Conversations or Shared Awareness, for reasons described below.) I doubt there are other elements as fundamental as these two, or, put another way, software that supports these two elements is social, even if it supports none of the others. (Wikis actually come quite close to this theoretical minimum, for reasons also discussed below.)