I just found this in the NYT: several experts discussing how new and old media can be used to improve debates.
I haven’t read all, but two stood out (Teachout’s and Rasiej and Sifry’s) . They centered and participation, inetractivity,a nd asynchrony of new media. Like, having candidates provide answers of any length on questions. Having candidates debate each o ther one v one and leave each hour on a site for public to browse as they like. Having public vote on questions. Instead of CNN planting questions.
Bev may want to see this.
I guess geeks and dorks can’t be trusted with state secrets. Do they ask them if they read novels, do musical theater, or attend religious services that suppose a mystical and intangible diety with the ability to control weather and make planets?
Army frowns on Dungeons and Dragons – Israel News, Ynetnews
Does the Israel Defense Forces believe incoming recruits and soldiers who play Dungeons and Dragons are unfit for elite units? Ynet has learned that 18-year-olds who tell recruiters they play the popular fantasy game are automatically given low security clearance.
“They’re detached from reality and suscepitble to influence,” the army says.
This is the kind of thing that would make any purveyor of SNS software feel his blood start to boil. If a vibe of authentic, albeit shallow, connecting and socilaizing is ost, then a SNS will die like so many poorly thought through dot.com businesses. E-toy anyone?
wcbstv.com – Phishers Infiltrate MySpace With Bogus Macy’s Gift Scheme
Social networking giant MySpace stumbled to its knees at the hands of a cyber superbug recently, falling ill to a severe phishing epidemic that is plaguing a vast and vulnerable segment of its membership, wcbstv.com in New York reported Friday.
I have long thought that one of the keys to Facebook’s success was its initial limited availability to those with a .edu domain name in e-mail address. And the way they grouped people by affiliations. Spelman college. Check. Dartmouth. Check. Basically Zuckerberg et al leveraged the legitimacy univeristies confer to build their site. So, myspace should have been very worried about this. If a SNS is seen as nothing more than a way to get around people’ already very well executed advertisement avoidance strategies, then no matter the quality of content overall, the sense of community will wither and die.
So, Google, myspaces new corporate masters, should be very worried about the barbarian hordes outside their gate.