one thing i learned today via twitter..

…is about a book online, aka an “open book” called 20 things i learned about browsers and the web”.
the review says that it has something for everyone in it, e.g. newbies and CMC luddites as well as old hands alike… and i am just starting to enjoy it myself. so, at this point, i cannot actually recommend it as such, but i can merely point to it as an example of something interesting that i found today…

[rather than disperse myself too fully about the place – like putting it on digg for example (is that still going?), or stumble upon (i did not ‘stumble upon’ this after all, it came via one of my twitter followings) or facebook which i do not frequent much due to the blue and white atmosphere which i can only stand for two minutes at a time)]

but it is an example of what you can now get these days with online readers i’m supposing – where the open book idea is taken somewhat literally in the iconic sense, and the textual parts that constitute the content of ‘book’ – i.e. what has come down to us as a material object in which the paper leaves of the book on which this content was printed is bound together in a 3D form – is now rendered online, or, more precisely in this case perhaps, in a webpage format. Here you can “interact” with the “book” in a way which simulates the original pleasure of the material, via a different materiality (or ‘mode’): a mouse/touchpad in order to visually ‘turn’ the pages of the formatted-as-book, with this formatting now functioning as a frame for the text/content on the web-page.

apparently some words of wisdom included are built on expertise gained from google employees of one type or another, and one might even suspect they may be toting or promoting their own wagon to some degree…
i mean, how does WordPress make any money?

the pew internet site

i’m reading through the online phd i’d earlier recommended in here, and i was drawn to check up on some of its references – mainly because they cited URLS i could easily jump to. one of the referenced sites looks like a promising resource for general figures on internet use and attitudes in the USA – as well as a whole lot of other guff on topics i am not drawn to.
anyway, see the links page to pew-mediated studies on web 2.0 for example.

12 step program in a web 2.0 world

this is an ad in the vaio series on youtube.

clever marketing =
youtube+ narrative[recognisable scenario]+ humour

social networking is not new

over on the list, susoz posted a comment piece on the perceptions we have of social networking sites

some excerpts appear below, and i’ve inserted one or two comments on the piece as well – the highlighting in bold is mine.

When we consider social media and everyday life, then, we need first to understand that technologies are primarily social. Sometimes, successful ones will be pictured in the mind’s eye long before the tool is trialled.

Many of the erroneous assumptions that underpin the polarised claims about social networking – that is, it will either be the cyber-utopian saviour of the world or it will bring about the ruin of all good things – stem from an inability to see how socially and culturally embedded this domain is.

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the cultural milieu

In reflecting on the Web 3.0 presentation by Kevin Kelly mentioned by Frank and the posting of the Hans Rosling presentation (courtesy of eldon) on data as visualized by his (then) new software, I came across this presentation by Tim Berners-Lee at this years TED discussing “The Next Web”:

Together, the three presentations focus our attention on where the web has been, where it is today, and where current development efforts around the world look to take it.

But it is the very pace of change that seems to overwhelm any individual effort to come to terms with it, resulting in what Michael Wesch has called Context Collapse.   The emergence of participatory culture as documented in his “An anthropological introduction to YouTube” is an organic response, a humanizing response, to the crisis of individual significance.

This signaling of the changing nature of the web and the tools it puts at each of our fingertips coalesces into a larger picture – the ecosocial environment in which we find ourselves, in which we carry on our discourse, and ultimately, in which to acknowledge the group impetus to carpe diem.

This is why I consider Hoon’s posting of the excerpt from Paul Thibault’s book  Brain, Mind, and the Signifying Body particularly significant in understanding what links the various individual efforts comprising this eclectic NetDynam group.

tools for visualization

P put me on to this good resource for those of us interested in the visualisation of a variety of interactions… too many categories and kinds to list… and maybe just posting it here will involve some people in hours of fun…

Read Write Web’s “best tools for visualization”

and they have a blog…
using red and white, not blue and white, mmmm…….

Generational Musing I.

Sociological breakdown in the generational sense. Our current roster is, as far as I can tell, mostly drawn from the cohort of people 50-65 years of age. In 1996, you can backdate our ages to, roughly forty something. But in 1996, everybody on the net was, as it were, a kind of early adapter to the second wave of the internet. The first wave, we understood back then from the reports of Steve, Simon and the Winkler, the land of the BBS.

Running with the year 1996, a 16 year old back then is today 28-29. A 25 year old today, maybe somebody for whom Facebook and Twitter and cell phones and texting is second nature, was, in 1996, in sixth grade.

I’m going to split the difference and pose a third internet generation between the 55 year old and the thirty year old. Such a person is 40-50 years of age today, was 28-38 in 1996.

My rough hypothesis is that the mediating forms for net-oriented behavior show correlations with age groups clumped in some arbitrary (as far as division into ‘generations,’) and also structured way. From this I am going to offer a designation:

The current Netdynam roster is aged to come before both the blogging generation and the texting generation.

email discussion groups = Bob Dylan
blogging = Nirvana
Texting/Twitter = Feist
bonus cut:
Fleet Foxes

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