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Mind Amplifier: Howard Rheingold And The Value Of Convivial Tools - Forbes

Mind Amplifier: Howard Rheingold And The Value Of Convivial Tools - Forbes | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
ForbesMind Amplifier: Howard Rheingold And The Value Of Convivial ToolsForbesAll of the fetishizing of the “digital native” can distract us from the wisdom of those who experienced and shaped the birth of internet culture, and Rheingold was right...
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The Value of 3 Degrees of Separation on Twitter - PLoS Blogs (blog)

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Whitney Phillips' dissertation is about online trolling.
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Cities, cyborgs and social science: how will we live in the year 2065? - The Conversation UK

Cities, cyborgs and social science: how will we live in the year 2065? - The Conversation UK | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
A new form of research is needed to bring us the cities of the future.
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Rhetorical persuasion lost in Internet culture - The University of Alabama Crimson White

Rhetorical persuasion lost in Internet culture - The University of Alabama Crimson White | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
About seven score and twelve years ago, a man was president who nearly always carried with him a set of Shakespeare's plays, which helped this man absorb the power of rhetorical persuasion.
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The Curation Explosion: Humans vs. Robots

The Curation Explosion: Humans vs. Robots | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
The question is simple: What is truly a curation solution, and what is a hastily conceived product enhancement with the word of the moment pasted on top?
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Teens should have the chance to erase their online mistakes

Teens should have the chance to erase their online mistakes | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
Why we need to protect teens from their Internet selves.
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Connected, but alone?

Connected, but alone? | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication -- and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have.
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How are social networks formed in cities?

How are social networks formed in cities? | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
Kelsey Damrad says new research finds urban social networks are not determined geographically, but socially.
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Why The Internet's Balkanization of News & Culture Is a Good Thing - Breitbart News

Why The Internet's Balkanization of News & Culture Is a Good Thing - Breitbart News | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
We keep hearing about how awful it is that with the rise of the Internet people now flock to news sites that fit their worldview.
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Recording of the Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace Released on ... - EFF

Recording of the Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace Released on ... - EFF | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
It’s been over 14 years since EFF co-founder and former Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow penned the now-famous “Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace." And since 1996, his words have become even more relevant than they were then:...
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What Will the Future Hold for Cyborgs, the Fusion of Humans and Machines? - Science Daily (press release)

What Will the Future Hold for Cyborgs, the Fusion of Humans and Machines? - Science Daily (press release) | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
What Will the Future Hold for Cyborgs, the Fusion of Humans and Machines?
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July 11, 2013 — Cyborgs are gradually working their way into our lives.
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The Emerging Culture of Surveillance - Tablet Magazine

Tablet Magazine The Emerging Culture of Surveillance Tablet Magazine Under the classified program revealed Thursday, the federal government has been secretly collecting information on foreigners overseas for nearly six years from the nation's...
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The internet–and the alleged world beyond the internet–is abuzz as the public, its intellectuals, and its runners-up debate the recent leaks about secret surveillance programs.

Under the classified program revealed Thursday, the federal government has been secretly collecting information on foreigners overseas for nearly six years from the nation’s largest Internet companies like Google, Facebook and, most recently, Apple, in search of national security threats. The revelation came just hours after government officials acknowledged a separate seven-year effort to sweep up records of telephone calls inside the United States.

The reaction has been varied with some people seeing this as a continuation of old policies, an effort to protect Americans, and otherwise, not a big deal, while others viewing the ordeal as a serious affront to American rights to privacy mixed with betrayal by complicit companies

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What Big Data Means For Big Cities - NPR

What Big Data Means For Big Cities - NPR | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
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What Big Data Means For Big Cities
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When this happens, the scope and power of the new technology can't be fully appreciated until after we have embedded it in our culture. Big Data is all that and much, much more.
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Cyborgs, third ears and body hacking: How the future of technology is inside us

Cyborgs, third ears and body hacking: How the future of technology is inside us | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
Science fiction is full of stories in which the machines take over and humans are left subservient to their own creations, but according to some artists and experimenters, that ...
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We can't ignore that technology is changing our brains - Telegraph.co.uk

We can't ignore that technology is changing our brains - Telegraph.co.uk | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
An unbiassed assessment of the effects on humans of digital technology is hardly 'scaremongering’
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How China uses social media

How China uses social media | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
The demographics of social media users in China have been shifting as smartphones become increasingly popular and affordable.
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The dynamic of information-driven coordination phenomena: a transfer entropy analysis

Data from social media are providing unprecedented opportunities to investigate the processes that rule the dynamics of collective social phenomena. Here, we consider an information theoretical approach to define and measure the temporal and structural signatures typical of collective social events as they arise and gain prominence. We use the symbolic transfer entropy analysis of micro-blogging time series to extract directed networks of influence among geolocalized sub-units in social systems. This methodology captures the emergence of system-level dynamics close to the onset of socially relevant collective phenomena. The framework is validated against a detailed empirical analysis of five case studies. In particular, we identify a change in the characteristic time-scale of the information transfer that flags the onset of information-driven collective phenomena. Furthermore, our approach identifies an order-disorder transition in the directed network of influence between social sub-units. In the absence of a clear exogenous driving, social collective phenomena can be represented as endogenously-driven structural transitions of the information transfer network. This study provides results that can help define models and predictive algorithms for the analysis of societal events based on open source data.

 

The dynamic of information-driven coordination phenomena: a transfer entropy analysis
Javier Borge-Holthoefer, Nicola Perra, Bruno Gonçalves, Sandra González-Bailón, Alex Arenas, Yamir Moreno, Alessandro Vespignani

http://arxiv.org/abs/1507.06106


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How Teens Use Social Media

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Metaphor map charts the images that structure our thinking

Metaphor map charts the images that structure our thinking | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
Metaphor is not the sole preserve of Shakespearean scholarship or high literary endeavour but has governed how we think about and describe our daily lives for centuries, according to researchers at Glasgow University.

Experts have now created the world’s first online Metaphor Map, which contains more than 14,000 metaphorical connections sourced from 4m pieces of lexical data, some of which date back to 700AD.

While it is impossible to pinpoint the oldest use of metaphor in English, because some may have been adopted from earlier languages such as Germanic, the map reveals that the still popular link between sheep and timidity dates back to Old English. Likewise, we do not always recognise modern use of metaphor: for example, the word “comprehend” comes from Latin, where it meant to physically grasp an object.

The three-year-long project to map the use of metaphor across the entire history of the English language, undertaken by researchers at the School of Critical Studies, was based on data contained in the Historical Thesaurus of English, which spans 13 centuries.

Dr Wendy Anderson, the project’s principal investigator, said that the findings supported the view that metaphor is pervasive in language and is also a major mechanism of meaning-change.

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Cyberspace Culture: Welcome to TNW's B-side of the internet - The Next Web

Cyberspace Culture: Welcome to TNW's B-side of the internet - The Next Web | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
It’s 2015, and we’re not just using the internet anymore. The influence of everything digital is changing our very culture. In short: we talk less, we ����������. At TNW, we…
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The Startling Effect Technology Is Having on Humans’ Attention Spans

The Startling Effect Technology Is Having on Humans’ Attention Spans | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
Just because we may be allocating our attention differently as a function of the technologies we may be using, it doesn’t mean that the way our attention actually can function has changed,” Morton told the Ottawa Citizen. “Digital technologies dovetail seamlessly into the information processing abilities of our brain.”

The study further reveals that the rate at which humans now process information is faster than before handheld technology took hold of everyday life. Among the top four factors that impact attentions spans the most are media consumption, social media usage, technology adoption rates and multi-screening behaviors.

With regard to these factors, the study found that attention spans vary according to how one consumes media and at which rate they adopt to using it.

For example, those who adopt to social media the quickest are able to process information from interactive environments (TV) better than people who adopt to social media at a slower pace. Reversely, the so-called “late adopters” of social media tend to process information faster in non-interactive environments (not TV).

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Otir's comment, May 15, 7:11 AM
I like your insight on this a lot because you put intelligent words on what I believe: that we are developing more effective use of the untapped capabilities of our neurons and creating new circuitry that is capable of more efficiently process information. And more over, we are discovering new types of information that we were not necessarily paying attention to because they are not "measurable" yet for lack of instruments to measure them but it will be invented too.
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Perhaps not that surprising to some, but it would appear that we now have evidence that the human species have an attention span of less than your average goldfish - 8 seconds vs. 9 seconds for a goldfish. You might just have time to read this before moving on to your next interruption! 

 

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Whither Cultural Critics? - Pacific Standard

Whither Cultural Critics? - Pacific Standard | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
Whither Cultural Critics?
Pacific Standard
WITHOUT DIPPING INTO TOO much armchair sociology, let me state the obvious: the Internet has dramatically changed the role of the cultural critic.
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This is the Modem World: Seven levels of nerd hierarchy - Engadget

This is the Modem World: Seven levels of nerd hierarchy - Engadget | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
This is the Modem World: Seven levels of nerd hierarchy Engadget You were grouped into a subculture that enjoyed all things electronic, idolized Brian Tochi, knew who Steve Wozniak was and could explain why Weird Science was not a nerd revenge...
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Five books on privacy - Washington Post

Five books on privacy
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Sennett brilliantly invokes history and sociology on behalf of his arresting thesis: that as the private has usurped the public sphere, individuals and society have suffered.
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Good books to check out with regard to recent news.

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