East-West Divide on the Web Different needs, different stories by Evgeny Morozov,  September 27, 2007
Source: Valleywagl Are we talking past each other? Source: Valleywagl Source: Valleywagl
<ul><ul><li>1. DailyKos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2.  BoingBoing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3. LiveJournal </li></ul></ul...
How receptive is the Internet to non-English speakers?
 
 
Whose story is more important? or
Pictures not words
 
 
 
 
 
 
The “true” history of Web2.0
But this “cartoon” means almost nothing to most users in the developing world...
Same tools; different causes vs
Chocolate shops around the world
Or land distribution in Bahrain?
 
Mobile phones are an  even better example
Different needs drive different uses <ul><li>Mobile Reporting (voices of africa)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile Financing (muku...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ambivalence of Technology “ technology is not a thing in the ordinary sense of the term, but an &quot;ambivalent&quot; pro...
Subversive rationalization “ Differences in the way social groups interpret and use technical objects are not merely intri...
 
Whoever is capable of this
 
is also capable of this...
and this...
 
 
Thank you! Questions?
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  1. 1. East-West Divide on the Web Different needs, different stories by Evgeny Morozov, September 27, 2007
  2. 2. Source: Valleywagl Are we talking past each other? Source: Valleywagl Source: Valleywagl
  3. 3. <ul><ul><li>1. DailyKos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2. BoingBoing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3. LiveJournal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4. Michelle Malkin </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5. Porn </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6. Sports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>green —one-way links </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>blue —reciprocal links </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>source: Discover Magazine </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. How receptive is the Internet to non-English speakers?
  5. 7. Whose story is more important? or
  6. 8. Pictures not words
  7. 15. The “true” history of Web2.0
  8. 16. But this “cartoon” means almost nothing to most users in the developing world...
  9. 17. Same tools; different causes vs
  10. 18. Chocolate shops around the world
  11. 19. Or land distribution in Bahrain?
  12. 21. Mobile phones are an even better example
  13. 22. Different needs drive different uses <ul><li>Mobile Reporting (voices of africa)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile Financing (mukuru.com)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile Health (data transfer; connecting clinics)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile Trade (connects buyers and sellers via SMS to price) </li></ul>
  14. 35. Ambivalence of Technology “ technology is not a thing in the ordinary sense of the term, but an &quot;ambivalent&quot; process of development suspended between different possibilities... technology is not a destiny but a scene of struggle. It is a social battlefield...[it's] a parliament of things on which civilizational alternatives are debated and decided” Andrew Feenberg
  15. 36. Subversive rationalization “ Differences in the way social groups interpret and use technical objects are not merely intrinsic but make a difference in the nature of the objects themselves. What the object is for the groups that ultimately decide its fate determines what it becomes as it is redesigned and improved over time...” Andrew Feenberg
  16. 38. Whoever is capable of this
  17. 40. is also capable of this...
  18. 41. and this...
  19. 44. Thank you! Questions?
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