20 May 13Wessel van Rensburg
Why I don't like malls & why I worry online speech is moving to them: http://t.co/JMwIY5qSCe http://t.co/YhKT8N5f0M http://t.co/PLQGzAK9vO
Me:"[Reasonable individual] actions create ..dramatic consequences for [all]. A world of near-complete surveillance." http://t.co/JMwIY5qSCe
@wildebees Basically, the argument I made here: http://t.co/JMwIY5qSCe
19 May 13Howard Rheingold
"While many people are understandably upset that Google Buzz was implemented through an opt-out process, and with auto-follow (email contacts as followers unless explicitly unfollowed), I would like to argue that there is a bigger, underlying issue that would not be solved if Google had introduced an opt-in feature: our social commons on the Internet are now mostly corporate controlled."
08 Mar 12
21 Feb 11cshirky
The answer cannot be: well, people who are unhappy shouldn’t use those services. Presence on the Internet is effectively a requirement for fully and effectively participating in the 21st century as a citizen, as a consumer, as an informed person and as a social being. Further, many such services are natural monopolies: Google, Ebay, Facebook, Amazon, all benefit greatly from network externalities which means that the more people on the service, the more useful it is for everyone. This makes it very hard for a market leader to be challenged. (Wikipedia is also such a natural monopoly but it is not corporate controlled).
Facebook or Google are optional in the sense that electricity, telephone, modern medicine are optional. Don’t like the medical establishment? Don’t use antibiotics! Don’t like how deregulated electricity markets are run? Well, don’t use electricity! Hey, solar panels are available. Telling people to opt-out of major streams of sociality, information and markets on the Internet makes almost as much sense. While I’ll readily concede the urgency of antibiotics differs from the urgency of social interaction, sociality is a fundamental part of being. It is not optional. It is not a coincidence that solitary confinement is the most severe legal punishment –short of the death penalty—that is legally imposed on people.
23 Dec 10
20 Feb 10Amit Kelkar
Very interesting article which argues that sites such as facebook (and now Google Buzz) are becoming social meeting places such as a mall - a social commons. But, since - like malls - facebook, buzz etc are dominated by corporate interests, they may not have prioritise the architecture of the space the possibilities of socialising, but rather for profit.