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Christine forwarded this to me:

Online Social Networking on Campus: Understanding What Matters in Student Culture is a professional guide for Higher Education faculty and Student Affairs administrators, which rigorously examines college students’ use of online social networking sites and how they use these to develop relationships both on and off campus. Most importantly, Online Social Networking on Campus investigates how college students use online sites to explore and makes sense of their identities. Providing information taken from interviews, surveys and focus group data, the book presents an ethnographic view of social networking that will help Student Affairs administrators, Information Technology administrators, and faculty better understand and provide guidance to the “neomillennials” on their campuses.”

Interesting. I wonder about not just how social networking is used by students to forge their identities but also how social networking affects their sense of connectedness (heightened anomie due to less real connection? different conception of “real connection” engendered? lessened anomie because of messaging or having a high number of friends?), what effect this different process of developing identity has, how online and offline interaction affect each other, what psychological effects exist.

Maybe I need to go back to sociology.


Riots in Greece

What’s with all this Mediterranean inequity and violence? Rioting in Greece, Arab-Israeli conflict going strong, Egyptians carrying on with their female genital mutilation… Must be something in the water.

Those Greek Riots,” Robert Kaplan

Several things stand out:

  • If I were Che, I would hitchhike and sail my way over to Greece during the summer and see what’s up. While I were there, I would find fellow Argentines all over the place and sleep with beautiful women.
  • Amazing to see “Latin American-style interference” used to describe the US’s intervention in Greece in protection of it from Balkan communism—intervention so heavy-handed that it elicited strong antipathy towards the US in Greece
  • “…[S]weeping international trends of uneven development, in which the uncontrolled surges and declines of capitalism have left haves and bitter have-nots, who, in Europe, often tend to be young people.” I wonder, is it a good idea for educated, vigorous youth to be have-nots? Isn’t that a recipe for unrest and trouble? Or are people similarly docile and biddable across age groups?
  • Finally, a point for the ICT geeks among us (i.e., Christine and her Station C crowd, et al.): “these young people now have the ability to instantaneously organize themselves through text messages and other new media, without waiting passively to be informed by traditional newspapers and television. Technology has empowered the crowd—or the mob if you will.” So the revolution will not be televised, but we’re to believe it will be mobilized by Blackberries. Why do I find this hard to believe?

Science, Design and Tech panel at the CCA

Steve did a rad job of mapping the discussion.

Does technology help communication? Signal vs. noise.

Technology about maximizing output. Western, scientific vs. Eastern.

Hugh: Software watches already-existent behaviours to make something easier without changing how they function.

Bunny guy: Important to see what relevant cultural aspects already exist. (Points for cultural relativism)

Michael: Looking at each other’s books as an great way to check out each other’s interests • Univeristy in the Streets • collaboration between physical space and virtual counterparts • coming to table with different methodologies, not different knowledge

Miriam: Knowledge is a value system (!)

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