I was curious about the resources the internet might provide for people who feared physical social interaction, so I went searching for sites for agoraphobic people and stumbled upon something really interesting. Through the good news network I found a CBS news video discussing a site called second life designed specifically for people who suffered from social anxiety disorders. Second life is essentially a virtual world in which users interact with others through their alter egos or avatars.

facebook profiling

The topic of Facebook profiling reminds me of a study a group of students conducted in my psychology course last semester. The group observed the effect of online social networks on perception. They took several real Facebook profiles and changed the profile information and picture. This new Facebook profile belonged to an imaginary person. Based on the appearance of these individuals and the content of their personal information, you could form an idea of what type of person these people were.

two followups

Two quick things that I mentioned in class this week, but didn't have the brain cache left to come up with the names of:

  1. The online identity management service I mentioned to you was claimID.
  2. The book I was trying to remember the name of was Daniel Solove's The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet.
  3. Have a good weekend!

Right to Public

One of the most striking queries Boyd introduces is if everyone should have the right to access a public expression just because it is available. Is a public expression only public to the temporal, geographic, and social public in which it is brought forth? Or should it be readily available to all? I guess the defining question here is how do we delineate different publics, and do all have the same rights to the same information? I am inclined personally to reply no, or at least it should be harder than a facile search and select.

What will "The Long Tail" bring in the future?

One of the key points that Chris Anderson makes in "The Long Tail is that:
"If the 20th- century entertainment industry was about hits, the 21st will be equally about misses." Because the "misses" will be more accessible, they will also be more popular. However, probably due to a lack of space, Anderson leaves us to imagine the implications of this long tail on our popular culture. It is interesting to consider what its effects could be.

The Long Tail

What I found most interesting about the long tail article by Chris Anderson was the social impacts the Long Tail is starting to have on our society. Americans are constantly being labeled as a fat, stupid, lazy, egotistical society that cares about nothing else but themselves. To me it is exciting to see how people have started to take other less conventional interests through the simple suggestions they receive through their purchases on online stores such as Netflix and iTunes. Potentially the most interesting outcome may have to deal with the upcoming election.

Long tail response

Reading Chris Anderson's "The Long Tail" has given me a glimpse of the evolution of a market that is of paramount importance: music, videogames, books, and movies (amazing how college student priorities seem so strange when put into writing). As noted by Anderson, the primary limitation on movie theatres, rental stores, music stores, etc. is the profit margins of their products. In order to have such products available, the products have to pay for shipment, staffing, space and other random costs.

Reading Response

Among the interesting elements of Chris Anderson's article, "The Long Tail," is the current electronic mode of music and movie exchange. The internet, while fulfilling the dream of information on demand, has made art equally available. The market has been opened, and vast quantities of both news and music are now accessible from anywhere at anytime. This facile, connected "web" is both the Internet's strength and its downfall for the traditional record labels, television networks, and production companies.

The Long Tail Reading Response

After reading Chris Anderson's "The Long Trail," it makes me wonder as to when this great revolution will take place where the days of the hit movies, music, books and other media will be a part of the past and media that I would find more entertaining would be produced. It seems that it could easily become reality but also just become a small trend on the internet. What seems to be the largest obstacle is that of the three rules that Anderson mentions, only the first rule could really be implemented without significant difficulties.

Reading Response 1: THE LONG TAIL

"This is the world of scarcity. Now, with online distribution and retail, we are entering a world of abundance. And the differences are profound."

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