Links for 2008-02-26

  • guardian.co.uk: All this online sharing has to stop – “But, um, music people? Better form an orderly queue. You think you were the first to suffer from your content getting ripped off and spread to the four corners of the earth? Get to the back of the line, bud. There’s a few people ahead of you.”
  • Comment is free: Backpackers, bullies and internet myths – “as the case of Max Gogarty shows, there is no presumption of civility or community spirit online” what rot. It’s at least partly due to the space. Commentisfree doesn’t feel like a blog. It’s a post connected to an anymous forum, of course there’s flame.
  • BBC NEWS: Brain control headset for gamers – “A neuro-headset which interprets the interaction of neurons in the brain will go on sale later this year.” “Emotiv is working with IBM to develop the technology for uses in ‘strategic enterprise business markets and virtual worlds'”
  • MMO Economies discussion on Metafilter – Talks about Bartle, Castranova and more. [via:arthur, via:boingboing]
  • Flickr: Rodchenko Hayward Photography Competition – bird’s eye or worm’s eye views – “The most recent posts will be pulled through onto our website each day and on the 1 April Ralph Rugoff, Director of The Hayward, will select 10 winning photographs to be exhibited in the foyer of The Hayward from 14 ? 27 April” [via:russell]
  • TV Licensing – TV Detector Vans – “Our vans feature a range of detection tools”. A database of licensed properties and an A-Z is presumably an important tool.

3 replies on “Links for 2008-02-26”

  1. There’s alot of good stuff in that Comment is Free. The network is amoral, what is important is the messages that flow.

    I think that people forget that the internet is not magic (well, it enables search which is magic, but that’s the only thing). The kinds of interactions that happen online are exactly the same as the kinds of interactions that happen in real life. Child predators trawling for victims, bullying, slander, name calling, terrorists exchanging information, isolation, education, pen pals, love, poetry, education, creativity, support groups, political action. All of these interactions were happening long before the internet. The relevant thing about “cyberbullying” (another neologism we don’t need) is not that it is “cyber”, but that it is “bullying”. So rarely do people remember that the network is amoral, it’s people and their interactions that are right or wrong.

    It’s the fact that the author seems to get this, that makes the rest of his post all the more puzzling.

    ‘there is no such thing as the “online community”‘

    You what? Any small group of people anywhere can create a community, regardless of how they communicate.

    “will have noticed how people on the web coalesce into homogeneous groups, based on age, class, tastes. Tribes form and reinforce their identity with codes and shibboleths….. The web is no community.”

    Really? Because what you just described there sounds exactly like most real life communities.

  2. I agree. An infuriating bit of writing. Someone recently told me that saying “you shouldn’t trust what you read on the Internet” is a bit like saying “you shouldn’t trust what you hear being shouted through a megaphone”. People are still people, regardless of the tools they use.

    I once saw Suw Charman present on different sorts of online social space. I only caught the last 20 minutes of her session, and I’m probably mis-remembering it (and I hope she’ll correct and expound), but what I remember is this:

    Some places have clear ownership (like blogs), others have shared ownership (like wikis), and others have no apparent ownership (like forums) and perhaps as a result can be less likely to be civil. I think of Commentisfree less as a blog and more as a forum in which each page begins with a short essay acting as a spark to the flame. The authors rarely, if ever, engage in the discussion that follows.

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