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From Places to Connections


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Talk at New Media, Games and Democracy Seminar in Bergen, October 16-17, 2006.

Published in: Technology, Design
  • Hm, these slides were tailored specifically to an audience - thus there are inserts that don't make sense when the slides are taken out of that context, such as 'Joost's talk yesterday' or 'prosthetic selves', which referred to earlier talks at the conference and were shorthand for much more.
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From Places to Connections

  1. 1. From places to connections (Image: Jill Walker / Dept of Humanistic Informatics / University of Bergen [email_address] Games, New Media and Democracy Seminar Bergen, 16-17 Oct, 2006
  2. 2. Changes in our sense of identity? <ul><li>Nation, place: The canonisation of Dutch history - “to improve the cohesion of Dutch society” (- Joost’s talk yesterday) </li></ul>Placebound In flux, based on families, friendships, relationships, individuals, interests... Connection-oriented
  3. 3. From metaphors of place to metaphors of connection
  4. 4. ...a virtual space populated by projections of our real selves.. (prosthetic selves?) Initial idea of cyberspace --
  5. 5. cyber space Image: Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts... A graphic representation of data abstracted from banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding , (William Gibson, Neuromancer , 1984, page 69).
  6. 6. Information architecture <ul><li>Navigate </li></ul><ul><li>Surf </li></ul><ul><li>Web site </li></ul><ul><li>URL - uniform resource location </li></ul>(Placebased way of thinking)
  7. 7. Metaphors of the web web as SPACE > goal is max visitors web as NETWORK > goal is max participation web as PLATFORM > goal is to become indispensible, like an operating system { “ web 2.0” See Dan Brown on this:
  8. 8. Flickr
  9. 9. Wikipedia
  10. 10. Teen content creators <ul><li>More than half of online teens are Content Creators. Some 57% of online teens create content for the internet. </li></ul><ul><li>33% of online teens share their own creations online, such as artwork, photos, stories, or videos . </li></ul><ul><li>32% say that they have created or worked on webpages or blogs for others , including those for groups they belong to, friends or school assignments. </li></ul><ul><li>22% report keeping their own personal webpage . </li></ul><ul><li>19% have created their own online journal or blog . </li></ul><ul><li>About one in five internet-using teens ( 19% ) says they remix content they find online into their own artistic creations. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Hits for traditional encyclopedia vs Wikipedia
  12. 12. Young users write the Wikipedia.
  13. 13. Museo-blogging (museum blogging) <ul><li>Not just more marketing and publicity, but... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>… something more personal , something that’s not going be on the official website . Perhaps press/reviews regarding exhibitions from publications, reviews of staff, of programming and/or performance, curatorial insights, anecdotes about installation, execution, general thoughts, images, artist interviews that are included in current exhibitions, etc. Anything that supplements and rounds out the programming and, perhaps, includes the viewer. Blogs can make the possibilities of what an institution can do endless and with ease. (Caryn Coleman) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>( </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. “outside ideas from inside the museum”
  15. 15. Travel blog
  16. 16. Curator blog
  17. 17. Vær varsomplakat for institusjonsblogger
  18. 18. Hvor mange? “ Det fins ikke mer enn et tjuetalls aktive museumsblogger.” -- Jim Spadaccini, mars 2006
  19. 19. Metaphors of the web Dan Brown suggested this framework in “Web 2.0, reframing Web 1.0” on 3 Oct, 2006 Web Metaphor => Primary Concern => Role of Structure WEB IS SPACE => Location => Navigation & Wayfinding WEB AS NETWORK => Participation => Structuring Participation WEB AS PLATFORM => Data Sharing => Data Formats
  20. 20. We used to search for a topic, now we search through our friends
  21. 21. gutenberg
  22. 22. Ortelius: Theatrvm orbis terrarvm
  23. 23. .. the ferment engendered by access to more books.. <ul><li>'All the world is full of learned men, of most skilled preceptors, of vast libraries. . .neither in Plato's time nor in Cicero's was there ever such opportunity for studying. . .’ </li></ul><ul><li>(Rabelais) </li></ul>
  24. 24. Changes engendered by print <ul><li>Wide dissemination - increased output and altered intake. </li></ul><ul><li>Standardization </li></ul><ul><li>Reorganizing texts and reference guides: rationalizing, codifying and cataloguing data </li></ul><ul><li>Data collection - From Corrupted copy to improved edition, Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Preservation </li></ul><ul><li>Amplification and reinforcement </li></ul>-- Elizabeth Eisenstein
  25. 25. Ethical? Biased?
  26. 26. Eksempel på betalt bloggpost
  27. 27. Technorati-søk på URLen
  28. 28. An example of someone who wrote about this “opportunity”.
  29. 29. <ul><li>(over 2000 new blogs have been started since the beginning of this talk...) </li></ul>
  30. 30. Try for yourself!
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