Digital Maoism

A surprising wake up call coming from the digerati camp. The “emergentist” party, which claimed that the best the net has to offer will come out of undirected, “random” interactions of the many (see wikipedia…) has gone too far. Now, according to Lanier, there is no wisdom in the crowds. The mantra of yesterday is reason for excomunication today. Unfortunatelly, although it is now clear for everyone that the whole ideology of communitarianism was just that, an ideology, its social and historical roots are still ignored (or missed). The wish to be “collective” is not something invented yesterday, is the old communal project of the sixities and of the countercultures of all times. That is of finding oneself by losing his or her ego first….

Resources

Carr’s blog Rough Type discusses the death of Wikipedia (or of its dream…)

Martin Fowler resonates the whole discussion from a CS perspective

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).

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