Kicking-off 632

A warm “Welcome!” to Steve Jones, who gave us a wonderful intro the the big Whys? related to Communication Technology. I am looking forward to his talk tomorrow, on the impact of New New Communication technologies.

As you start posting your stuff to this blog please remember to tag your postings using the 632 category (see categories). Also, please post smaller contributions, links, etc. whenever you feel like doing it.

Finally, as Steve was speaking a number of readings that discuss the issues he mentioned–collaborative technological creation and building networks of networks–came to my mind

  • Boorstin’s Republic of Technology – How technology moves society and democracy ahead (and vice versa)
  • Fisher’s America Calling – Describes how telephony developed through self-help and collaborative efforts. At some point the farmers used barbed-wire fences instead of classical wires hung from poles to connect to their neighbors.
  • The On-line Interaction and Facilitation Class Syllabus and Wellman’s work on social circles on and off line
  • If you want to take a look at As We May Think
  • .

You can access the full text of the last two readings by using the username and password I gave you.

Sorin Adam Matei

Sorin Adam Matei - Professor of Communication at Purdue University - studies the relationship between information technology and social groups. He published papers and articles in Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Information Society, and Foreign Policy. He is the author or co-editor of several books. The most recent is Structural differentation in social media. He also co-edited Ethical Reasoning in Big Data,Transparency in social media and Roles, Trust, and Reputation in Social Media Knowledge Markets: Theory and Methods (Computational Social Sciences) , all three the product of the NSF funded KredibleNet project. Dr. Matei's teaching portfolio includes online interaction, and online community analytics and development classes. His teaching makes use of a number of software platforms he has codeveloped, such as Visible Effort . Dr. Matei is also known for his media work. He is a former BBC World Service journalist whose contributions have been published in Esquire and several leading Romanian newspapers. In Romania, he is known for his books Boierii Mintii (The Mind Boyars), Idolii forului (Idols of the forum), and Idei de schimb (Spare ideas).

One thought on “Kicking-off 632

  • January 17, 2006 at 6:36 pm

    Another really interesting book that follows up on what I said about Cato is “Night in the Middle Ages,” the author’s name escapes me but I’m sure you can find it easily.


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