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Virtual Powers, Wordly Powers

  1. 1. Worldly Powers vs. World Wide Web Potentials Jean Louis LEQUEUX http://weltram.eu V 2.1 – May 17 th , 2011
  2. 2. Summary <ul><li>The Attributes of Power </li></ul><ul><li>Power & People </li></ul><ul><li>Copy/Paste of the Real World </li></ul><ul><li>Socializing </li></ul><ul><li>From socializing to Social Networks </li></ul><ul><li>Where have all dreams gone? </li></ul><ul><li>Social-Networking the real world </li></ul><ul><li>More on: </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Attributes of Power <ul><li>Though the power of making laws belongs to states, many aspects of Power are now held by WebCos (ie big dotcoms): </li></ul><ul><li>Computing capabilities or power in terms of PetaFlops & PIPS (Floating Point Operations per Second and Peta Instructions per Second). </li></ul><ul><li>Transactions on the Net </li></ul><ul><li>Communications, etc. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Power & People <ul><li>Ancient Roman emperors governed by giving bread & games... </li></ul><ul><li>Today, the eCitizen finds on the Net: </li></ul><ul><li>Entertainment and games </li></ul><ul><li>Stock speculations and jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Moreover, (s)he may get them for free with the Freemium Business Model used by most of providers </li></ul>
  5. 5. Copy/Paste of the Real World <ul><li>Practically all activities are now available on the Web: </li></ul><ul><li>- From learning to working </li></ul><ul><li>- Both selling & buying </li></ul><ul><li>- Even virtually travelling </li></ul>
  6. 6. Socializing <ul><li>As a central activity for humans, socializing on the Web has many advantages: </li></ul><ul><li>No physical venues required </li></ul><ul><li>Informal communities </li></ul><ul><li>Quick communitarian growth </li></ul><ul><li>No administrative formalities </li></ul>
  7. 7. From socializing to Social Networks <ul><li>All these functions contribute to Social Networking: </li></ul><ul><li>Chating </li></ul><ul><li>Bloging </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Photos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Videos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Slide </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Twitting </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting to a continuous Instant Messenger System </li></ul><ul><li>Finally all became as many functions that users expect to find in a Social Network </li></ul>
  8. 8. Where have all dreams gone? <ul><li>What are the differences between “Total Virtuality” generic electronic Social Networks (@SN)? </li></ul><ul><li>- Second Life and als offered -and still offer- total virtuality </li></ul><ul><li>- While sites for Social Networking, providing they belong to the Web 2.0-generation, provide basic hosting tools for the animation of groups... </li></ul><ul><li>What happened to total virtuality? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Social-Networking the real world <ul><li>… /… Facebook is not the oldest site for Social Network. Before its creation, there were many: </li></ul><ul><li>- Alumni' s private SN sites </li></ul><ul><li>- Alumni' s public SN, where all users can find their classmates &/OR coworkers throughout their career resumes </li></ul><ul><li>- Interest Community Sites </li></ul><ul><li>- Website replicas of actual clubs, associations, frats and sororities, NPO (Non-Profit Organization), etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Professional or personal general purpose SN open </li></ul>
  10. 10. More on: <ul><li>http://weltram.eu/esociety.aspx </li></ul>

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