Diversity counterproductive to "social capital?"
James Wilson's article in Commentary magazine talks about Harvard sociologist Robert Putnam's essay recently published in Scandinavian Political Studies. In the essay, Putnam publicizes the findings of his research, conducted in rural districts, towns, and cities, whose conclusion establishes that diverse neighborhoods show less "social capital" because ethnically diverse residents seem to distrust each other. [more inside]
Decentralized social network:
"...build your social network in one place and have other NoseRub clients connect to it instead of you having to build multiple networks on multiple social networks. The best part is NoseRub is released under the open source MIT license." via eHub
. Previously related
would like to invite you to a picnic and seat you precisely with those most like you.
"Social Content for Business Geeks". A Digg-esque aggregator that purports to be grown up
Contrary to popular belief, not all loners have a pathological fear of social contact
"Loners often hear from well-meaning peers that they need to be more social, but the implication that they're merely black-and-white opposites of their bubbly peers misses the point."
FabIndia becomes a Harvard Business Case study
It's a brand that does not advertise
. It, in fact, celebrates the success of its copycats
. And now Fabindia
, the craft-conscious enterprise
, is a Harvard Business School (HBS) case study.
"Founded in 1960, Fabindia makes the cut
for being an example of a corporation that does not just aim to do well,
but does good too. "A strong mission can be both an opportunity and a constraint on the growth of a firm," points out Dr Khaire
. However, the private retailer's unique value proposition
has not come in the way of it being recognised as big brand
today. And this in spite of the fact that Fabindia has never advertised
, points out Dr Khaire."
It's perhaps in the nature of humanity — or at the very least, modern-day culture — to marvel at, and share news about, our more hateful aspects
. It's nice to know that there are moments
out there that you can accidentally stumble across
that prove to you that mankind has perhaps some innate goodness in it
, as well. (Sorry for the unicorn fluffiness; we now return you to your regularly scheduled Metafilter programming, already in progress.)
Data analysis, brought to you by Big Blue, is following a trend.
Data has never been more social. Geeks and statistics groupies used to be isolated, but the internet is changing that. Ever pine for a pile of Excel spreadsheets
? Have you tried running an ANOVA on a year's worth of traffic data
? You're not alone. New sites add sociability to cold hard facts; take a look at the "YouTube for data
" or IBM's Many Eyes
. Both sites induce squeals of delight from anyone who's ever felt Tuftian
What's next? One word: infornography
. Please, keep your Standard Deviation jokes to yourself.
is now bigger
, counting 1.3 million users. Is it just another social booknetworking site, or a way for me to finally "surf" the intertubes? Just ten more Stumbles before bed, and this time I'm serious.
Public Private Ventures
is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the effectiveness of social policies, programs and community initiatives, especially as they affect youth and young adults. Their entire collection
of social policy research publications are available for free on their website. Leaving the Street: Young Fathers Move from Hustling to Legitimate Work
is particularly compelling; the title says it all, really.
I'm an amendment to be
- Yes an amendment to be
. And I'm hoping that they'll ratify
With political pressure towards signing bills becoming more relevant in the Rovian era of politics (example
), will we see a shift in Congressional jurisprudence on issues such as Social Security
, The War in Iraq (nytimes op-ed reg req)
in the 110th?
Perhaps Public Perception
has a lot to do with it. Of course, some loopholes
Remember Third Voice, the controversial
browser plug-in that let you add public notes to any website? Enough webmasters complained and it was shut down
in 2001, after only two years in operation. Maybe attitudes have changed, because the folks at Trailfire
are trying this idea again. Available for Firefox
The Enron Explorer
from Trampoline Systems
"lets you investigate the actions and reactions of Enron's senior management team as the noose began to tighten" (through some 200,000 public domain corporate emails) using Trampoline's SONAR
social network mapping platform. (via FutureFeeder
Big Brother 101
-- Could your social networks brand you an enemy of the state? (Popular Science Mag) And one staffer finds out it might
--due to a connection to the Buffalo Six
. Think 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon, but with tapping and surveillance and worse at the other end.
What News Corp doesn't want you to know about myspace
is that the much of the success of myspace was due to a large successful advertising campaign and it wasn't grass roots at all. They also don't want you to know that Tom Anderson didn't really create the site and that it is more spam 2.0 than anything else. The article is written by a 19 year old web journalist called Trent Lapinski. Has everyone just been had? Does it matter?
(via Digg and Valleywag)
The Internet and our social and psychological well-being
: This older study
correlates Internet use with declining social relationships and isolation. A more recent study (PDF)
shows that the Internet has changed and positively affects social relationships.
Silly name, but fun all the same ...
Free web (2.0, natch) chat site that allows users to search for chat rooms based on tags or to set up their own room(s)
that are either public or private.
One might be tempted to dismiss it at first glance as just a video-enabled Myspace clone for emo teens with webcams
; but looking past that you'll find a fairly robust and platform-independent Flash-based webcam broadcast and videoconferencing app
. There's a profile page with an embedabble Flash viewer, a full screen personal conference popup with privacy options, group video chat rooms
, and hosted galleries for photo
and audio content. Is this the advent of Cam Whoring
2.0? (Oh, and see if you can catch the Pissed-Off Caveman
online. It's a webcam pointed at a decked-out Robot Chimpanzee Head
. A child bride
is very often just that: a child, even a preteen, her innocence betrothed to someone older
, even much, much older. Images by Stephanie Sinclair who's work on women's issues
in Afghanistan is always eye opening.
Invasion of the digg-alikes - if you like advertising, see marktd
. If you fancy brainy stuff see braindigg
. If you like to spy on blogs there's blinklist
. There's even a chinese digg
. If none if these tempt you build your own digg-clone. [a lot via]
"These are just slush funds for conservative interest groups"
--The Compassion Capital Fund ($148 million of our money), and the Community-Based Abstinence Education grant program ($391.7 million of our money)--just 2 of many new programs. ...The distribution of new money to conservative organizations is a small part of an estimated flood of $2 billion a year in federal grants to religious and religiously affiliated organizations.
--except it's only to organizations who have policies that agree with Bush and the GOP agenda on social issues, and not about need.
Burning Man 2005
... 100 photos by Scott London. (note: some nudity. may not be safe for work.)
- Collective sketching of the collective consciousness. Requires Flash. [MI]
Welcome to Supr.c.ilio.us
, the World's First Social Social Tagging Site Tagging Site™. This is the place to come to tag all those other tagging sites. (But...is it Web 2.0 Or Not?
The Secret History of Able Danger
may have have the goods on Able Danger. The Pentagon and Intel officials are mum on the data mining project because it could have been illegal
David Brooks makes an interesting point.
Rebuild New Orleans to ensure that the cycle of generational poverty is broken. Does this seem like social engineering? There is a precedent
for this, though. Can it--should it?--be done on a citywide scale? Should the government meddle this much in the day-to-day lives of people?
The avatar versus the journalist.
Ant farms, Bombay, the neolithic revolution, and Wikipedia.
The next stage of evolution for social networking AlwaysOn
, a social networking business site, is working on an ambitious new project, GoingsOn (screenshot
), that encompasses most of the hot features that are all over the web, like photos, videos, and dating info. More in comments...
: Russell Banks
, Susan Orlean
, Tibor Fischer
, Azar Nafisi
Writing on social justice
: Susan Power
on Bosnia. Barbara Erenreich
on poverty. |
, Emma Goldman
Hundreds of Reviews
. Graphic Art, Poetry, Music, and much more from identity theory
, one of the best literary websites I've encountered, thanks to an incredulity-inducing amount of work by what seem to be volunteers. Wow. (Specific interviews already MeFid in these threads.)
comes in the genre of LiveJournal
, and Friendster
- except with a focus on digitally connecting pre-existing friendships on college campuses rather than finding new friends worldwide. Subsequently, it has thus far avoided the stigmas I’ve seen attached to its predecessors by non-users. Its use has skyrocketed: about 15% of my campus has signed up since this past winter. All of it through word-of-mouth. One of the neat tricks it does is show a visualization of your friends on the network in a spider webbed vectored graphic connecting them based on their mutual friendships. It’s also proven very useful in tracking down those “where do I know him/her?” names through a prominently displayed list showing up to two-degrees of separation to the mystery person. Oh, and you can send text messages to cell phones through it. Did I mention it also reminds you of birthdays
Inside the Monkeysphere.
Knowing about it could help the world make sense. Or maybe not. At least it's an entertaining read!
For those who throw good manners, common decency, and proper etiquette to the wind, here is a website collecting stories about social gaffes that are often hilarious.
is like groupware for neighbors. The site lets members define neighborhoods and provides tools for meeting and talking to your neighbors, like posting reviews and building a mailing list. It sounds like MeFites want to meet people nearby
, a desire this site is banking on. (via Smart Mobs
Monitor the online times of your buddies
is a remotely hosted app that will let you quickly add links, which you can integrate into your site like the pros
Every town must have one. This is an interesting story about the bar that I imbibe at most often. I'm sure there are more like this. Please share.
US income distribution moves towards 3rd world profile?
- US Census Bureau
data on growing family income inequality, 1947 to 2001. Also see: The
(for a graphic depiction of current US wealth distribution).
"The most egalitarian countries have a Gini index in the 20s. European
countries like Germany, Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Poland, Norway, and Sweden all fall in that
range, according to World Bank figures. Canada and Australia are just over 30. The United States
is around 40...Once inequality reaches 50 percent, disparities become glaringly obvious, to the
point where they undermine a society's sense of unity and common purpose....Sierra Leone takes
the prize. At 63 percent, it offers the world's most extreme example of inequality."
By multiple measures, income
in the US is rapidly increasing, and a substantial percentage of middle class Americans may be gradually sliding into poverty.
Mix It Up Day
is an effort from the people at Tolerance.org
to get teens to sit with other social groups at lunch in the cafeteria today. Coming from a racially diverse "inner city" Midwest high school, I've seen how teens will naturally segregate themselves, so this seems like an interesting proposal. Kids who participated seemed excited about the opportunity
, but will they keep "mixing it up" tomorrow, next week, as they become adults?
On Solidarity, Community Spirit And Going Meerkat-Mad:
They're cute, they're smart; they're funny, they're sociable; they're even considered the epitome of cooperative living
. In fact, they could probably teach MetaFilter a lesson or two. In their September issue
, National Geographic
has gone stark, raving meerkat-bonkers
- and not a moment too soon either. We're talking new desktops here, no mistake..[Flash needed for first link - definitely worth waiting for it to load - Real or WindowsMedia for some other on-site features.]
to the "cult of Turn Off Your Computer," or as might be more familiar here: "It's Only a Website."
Curious about others' views on this. I've been on-line for so long(shut up, not consecutively), avatars/personas/whateveryoucallem just seem like silly extra work to me, outside appropriate contexts like on-line RPGs and the like.
Anger plays a key role in human cooperation.
And not only that, anger is altruistic! The link covers a behavioral experiment probing individual versus group benefits, freeloading, punishment and altruism.
The PBS show "Nobel:Visions of our Century"
interviews past Nobel Prize
winners on their views of social responsibility. Which got me thinking, is the Nobel Prize the top award society can give? Is it a Grammy?
A Pulitzer? Or is it something completely different altogether
Granted I will never win any of them, I was wondering what the planet Earth's top honor was.
Question concerning the notion of the social construction of reality
. If enough people cease to believe in the Holocaust, or if enough of them have just never heard of it, as detailed in another MeFi thread
, does that mean it didn't happen?
If it only means "well, as far as those people are concerned it never happened" then that's a truism and hardly worth any hoo-hah. But does social constructivism, if I can call it that, go on to make the much stronger claim that if the millions cease to believe in it, or forget about it, then it reallyo-trulyo never happened?
This is pretty damn cool: your bookmarks, napsterized
. A new app (windows only, sorry) to let you share your favorite sites with everyone and allow others to search for them. If they add a hotlist, ala napster, this could be one killer app.
Maybe there's hope for our social lives after all.
A new study (complete report here
) seems to directly contradict February's study
which claimed that the Internet makes people antisocial hermits. This new study is particularly focused on the habits of women who use the web but offers many interesting numbers that apply across gender lines, i.e.
"Nearly three-quarters of Internet users (72%) say they visited family or friends "yesterday," while 61% of nonusers report they had visited someone".