Levy (2015). The user as network

Levy, K. E. C. (2015). The user as network. First Monday, 20(11), 3257. http://doi.org/10.1145/2470654.2466446 Notes: p.3258: conceptualizing users as networks: as constellations of power relations and institutional entanglements, mediated through technologies. — Highlighted Jan 30, 2016 p.3258: Most contemporary models of use, then — even as they differentiate among degrees of use and acknowledge the fluidity of use states — still conceptualize the user (or non-user) as a fairly isolated unit with respect to her engagement with the technology in question....

January 31, 2016 · 3 min

Smith et al. (2014). Mapping twitter topic networks: from polarized crowds to community clusters

Smith, M. A., Rainie, L., & Shneiderman, B. (2014). Mapping twitter topic networks: From polarized crowds to community clusters. Pew Research Internet …. Notes: p.5: Social media is increasingly home to civil society, the place where knowledge sharing, public discussions, debates, and disputes are carried out. As the new public square, social media conversations are as important to document as any other large public gathering. Network maps of public social media discussions in services like Twitter can provide insights into the role social media plays in our society....

January 31, 2016 · 4 min

Cronin et al. (2015). Hierarchy is detrimental for human cooperation

Cronin, K. A., Acheson, D. J., Hernández, P., & Sánchez, A. (2015). Hierarchy is Detrimental for Human Cooperation. Scientific Reports, 5, 18634. http://doi.org/10.1038/srep18634 Notes: p.18639: achieving cooperation among humans is more difficult when there is an underlying hierarchical structure producing different ranks between people and therefore unequal payoffs for the participants. This result is driven by insufficient contributions from lower ranked individuals who cannot be confident that they will benefit from cooperating....

January 31, 2016 · 1 min

Del Vicario et al. (2016). The spreading of misinformation online

Del Vicario, M., Bessi, A., & Zollo, F. (2016). The spreading of misinformation online (Vol. 113, pp. 201517441–559). Presented at the Proceedings of the …. http://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1517441113 Notes: p.201517441: Whether a claim (either substantiated or not) is accepted by an individual is strongly influenced by social norms and by the claim’ ’ s coherence with the individual ’ ’s belief system– –– –i.e., con firmation bias (32, 33). Many mechanisms animate the flow of false information that generates false beliefs in an individual, which, once adopted, are rarely corrected (34– – –37)....

January 31, 2016 · 1 min

Gibson et al. (1998). Inferring web communities from link topology

Gibson, D., Kleinberg, J., & Raghavan, P. (1998). Inferring web communities from link topology. … Of the Ninth ACM Conference on …. Notes: p.2: Rather, our experimentation with hits shows that such communities of hubs and authorities are a recurring consequence of the way in which creators of pages on the www link to one another in the context of topics of widespread interest. — Highlighted Nov 29, 2015 p.2: hits hypermedia sources for broad-topic information discovery....

November 30, 2015 · 6 min

Stewart (2015). Scholarship in abundance: influence, engagement, and attention in scholarly networks

Stewart, B. (2015, April 17). Scholarship in Abundance: Influence, Engagement, and Attention in Scholarly Networks. Retrieved November 2, 2015, from http://bonstewart.com/Scholarship_in_Abundance.pdf Notes: p.19: Overall, the first paper suggests that networks enact and circulate broad intersecting patterns in what counts as influence, and that these depart from the codified terms of rank and bibliometric indexing on which conventional academic influence is judged. At the same time, in spite of meaningful distinctions between participant perceptions of networks and — Highlighted Nov 7, 2015...

November 8, 2015 · 4 min

Zuckerman on Xenophilia and bridging

[Ethan Zuckerman](http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2010/07/14/a-wider-world-a-wider-web-my-tedglobal-2010-talk/) [spoke](http://www.slideshare.net/ethanz/a-wider-world-a-wider-web) at TED Global. Stephen Downes [wrote about it earlier](http://www.downes.ca/post/52886), and the [BBC just posted an article about it](http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-10642697). Here's the video from TED: Ethan [posted the text of his talk](http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2010/07/14/a-wider-world-a-wider-web-my-tedglobal-2010-talk/). Here are some choice quotes: >It's data like this that's leading me to conclude that the internet isn't flattening the world the way Nicholas Negroponte thought it would. Instead, my fear is that it's making us "imaginary cosmopolitans"...

July 15, 2010 · 3 min

Scardamalia & Bereiter (1993). Computer support for knowledge-building communities

Scardamalia, M. & Bereiter, C. (1993). Computer support for knowledge-building communities. Journal of the learning sciences. 3(3). pp 265-283. …the classroom needs to foster transformational thought, on the part of both students and teachers, and that the best way to do this is to replace classroom-bred discourse patterns with those having more immediate and natural extensions to the real world, patterns whereby ideas are conceived, responded to, reframed, and set in historical context....

March 23, 2010 · 3 min

on content management and communities

I've been deep in thought, planning a set of resources to support a community project, and have been struggling with how to best position these resources to best reflect a dynamic, engaged, face-to-face set of communities. My initial reaction was that the communities need to exist first face-to-face, and that any online resources are supplementary and intended simply to continue and extend their conversations. The online resources are not the community....

June 10, 2008 · 3 min