This past October, just before the leaves changed, I went on a six-day hike through the mountains of Wakayama, in central Japan, tracing the path of an ancient imperial pilgrimage called the Kumano Kodo. I took along a powerful camera, believing, as I always have, that it would be an indispensable creative tool. But I returned with the unshakeable feeling that I’m done with cameras, and that most of us are, if we weren’t already.
Author and designer Craig Mod
asks if we're seeing the end of the non-networked, standalone camera
posted by Horace Rumpole
on Jan 3, 2014 -
Sadly, despite the growing acceptance of variable sexuality in western culture, there's still widespread acceptance of casual homophobia. NoHomophobes.com
seeks to shine a bright light on this, in the hopes of rendering this speech as socially unacceptable as racist slurs.
posted by ChrisR
on Sep 29, 2012 -
Why You’re Not Friends With Your Neighbors.
'After building neighborhood social networks in more than 3,000 communities across the U.S., Nirav Tolia has learned just how many different things neighbors can accomplish. Using Nextdoor
, the site built by Tolia and his team, neighbors get burglars arrested, investigate possible water poisoning, and stop the installation of parking meters. They lend one another ladders and grills, recommend babysitters, and upload videos of locals. But the one thing they’re not looking to do is make friends.' [more inside]
posted by VikingSword
on Jul 11, 2012 -
Social consensus through the influence of committed minorities
: We show how the prevailing majority opinion in a population can be rapidly reversed by a small fraction p
of randomly distributed committed
agents who consistently proselytize the opposing opinion and are immune to influence. Specifically, we show that when the committed fraction grows beyond a critical value pc
≈ 10%, there is a dramatic decrease in the time, Tc
, taken for the entire population to adopt the committed opinion. [.pdf] [more inside]
posted by troll
on Jul 26, 2011 -
The best social network you've (probably) never heard of is one-five-hundredth the size of Facebook. It has no video chat feature, it doesn't let you check in to your favorite restaurant, and there are no games. The company that runs it has just four employees, one of whom is responsible for programming the entire operation. It has never taken any venture capital money and has no plans to go public. Despite these apparent shortcomings, the site's members absolutely adore it. They consider it a key part of their social lives, and they use it to forge deeper connections with strangers—and share more about themselves—than you're likely to see elsewhere online.
is such a great community and social network. Prev
posted by Foci for Analysis
on Jul 7, 2011 -
"Can Facebook defeat terrorism?"
wonders Matt Armstrong
. A conference
of both web and social entrepreneurs, policy wonks, and activists will convene to create a how-to guide for changing the world through social networking tools. Jared "Children of Jihad
" Cohen was a driving force behind the initiative. We've seen social networking impact an election
, while others are already trying to change the world with it
. This conference, while exciting and important, raises a few questions. Just look at the list who's convening it: "Facebook, Google, YouTube, MTV, Howcast, Columbia Law School and the U.S. Department of State Convene the Alliance of Youth Movements Summit." [more inside]
posted by cal71
on Nov 20, 2008 -
NoSo [embedded audio]
is the next stop on the self-referential satire train of Web 2.0.* Going beyond Useless Account
, inspired (kinda) by Flash Mobs, Fight Club ("the first rule..."), and MeFi Meetups, it allows anonymous users the opportunity to organize "NOevents" where members can congregate in selected physical locations without
using their technological connectivity devices and NOT engage in communication with each other
. That's right, no talking allowed at a NOevent. Reading books is OK. You may go home and blog about it, but NO live blogging. Organized by a San Franciso art group
just be using it to get people to show up at their installations (aha!), and who violate the Fight Club rule in an interview with R.U. Sirius
viablame TechCrunch) *Plagiarized with attribution from bhouston.
posted by wendell
on Aug 27, 2007 -
Dynamic visualization of flickr contact networks [java, flash, assorted technical jiggery-pokery]
posted by carter
on Feb 12, 2005 -
Google (kinda) Offers Social Networking called Orkut
Acording to this CNET artice
, Orkut is the outgrowth of a personal project by Google Engineers Orkut Buyukkokten. He created "Orkut.com in the past several months by working on it about one day a week--an amount that Google asks all of its engineers to devote to personal projects".
And oh, by the way:
"Membership to orkut is by invitation only.
If you have a friend who's a member of orkut, have them invite you to join.
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood
on Jan 23, 2004 -
is an interesting new site that lets you see which buddies on your AIM buddy list your buddies share with you. Sort of like a six degrees of seperation kind of thing. Very neat. Go check it out and sign up
! And tell your friends!
posted by aznblader
on Apr 15, 2003 -