Hi Rose and Everyone,
Rose, thank you for the summary on Deseriis’ ‘No End In Sight’ chapter.
I have to say that your summary is all I have regarding the assigned reading for the week, as my laptop couldn’t open the chapter (or any other chapter as a matter of act) for a reason. It shows everything on the page but the text itself.
My opinion on this topic is that I really like how the Internet and the networking sites reshape the way people communicate and create communities. I think this could be a great tool, which everyone should learn to turn to their advantage.
I have a favorite talk on my beloved 🙂 TED.COM about this.
Please find the link below:
Clay Shirky, an adjunct professor in New York University’s graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program, in this video posted in June 2009, talks about how the Internet facilitates the ‘many to many patern’ in communication providing ‘native support to groups and conversation at the same time’.
He makes a very interesting statement in this talk about how the media shift from being only the ‘source of information’ to being the ‘site of coordination’ while allowing us to be both consumers and producers at the same time.
Shirky brings a similar example to the ‘Toy War’ mentioned by Deseriis, when the local people in Szechwan province prevented the Chinese government to keep the May 2008 earthquake in secret from the rest of the world by recording and reporting it as it was happening. He also shares an eye-opening fact that the BBC got to know about the news from Twitter before the U.S Geological Survey could detect anything.
It seems that the Internet as decentralised medium, if used well, is giving people more opportunity to form new kinds of cooperative structures, for instance, to act together and against whatever they feel to be unjust. This changes the political scene or at least how governments approach their people.
I think this is an important learning point even for those, who disapprove technology driven, capitalist development.
I can see why many people say that currently we are spoiled by choice, choice which is very much controlled by the current political and economical powers in the world.
(Those who sat for Renata Salecl’s lecture on ‘Tyranny of Choice, or how Capitalism increases People’s Anxieties’ in the series of open talks organised with MA Photography remember the powerful stories about this topic.)
However, I feel that the root of the problem doesn’t lie only in the variety of the offered opportunities/opportunities to chose, but in the fact that there is less and less guidance one can get about how to choose.
Paula, I hope that this is the kind of contribution you expect and that this isn’t a far shot from the originally assigned text.
Otherwise, Rose, we will be falling together. 😉
Anyway, thanks for the opportunity. 🙂