Van Alstyne, M & Brynjolfsson, E. (1996). Electronic Communities: Global Village or Cyberbalkans?, MIT.
The first publication of the word “cyberbalkanization,” the phenomenon the researchers proposed could result from the global information infrastructure, leading to “the division of the internet into narrowly focused, like-minded individuals who dislike or have little patience for outsiders.” (definition from WordSpy).
The researchers propose an integration model to counteract this possible outcome of information technologies.
In a nutshell:
If IT provides a lubricant that allows for the satisfaction of preferences against the friction of geography, then more IT can imply that people increasingly fulfill their preferences. A preference for contact that is more focused than contacts available locally leads to narrower interactions. Thus local heterogeneity can give way to virtual homogeneity as communities coalesce across geographic boundaries.
See also: WiseGeek.
By Stephen Whitehead, Researcher, Valuing What Matters
Image by George Rex via Flickr
As Londoners set to with brooms and binbags, trying to clear away the signs of last night’s violence, there’s a strange sense of unreality over the capital. Despite the sirens blaring through the…
I got hustled into going karaoking a few weeks ago. I was too sober hang long but found this as one of the song choices offered. I love ADF but cant imagine rocking this in the crappy mic. My favorite track by them is Jericho. I got a chance to open for them back in 1998. Gwen Stefani and Tony Kunal came to the show. We ended up hanging out with them. This is of course was before they got mega huge.
So in an interview, Double Fine lead Tim Schafer mentioned that they wanted to make Psychonauts 2 happen, but that nobody had been willing to fund it so far. Being a big fan of the first one, and thinking a sequel could probably be profitable, I semi-jokingly tweeted Tim about me funding a sequel.
The UK government’s department of Museums, Libraries, and Archives statistics show that cultural websites are well used, especially by young audiences, and a 2011-2012 report from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport shows that cultural website use is on the rise. It’s difficult to put…
Some thoughts and advice from my recent Kickstarter campaign.
NOTES ON THE HARD STUFF (FACTS AND FIGURES)
:: This campaign was created to help re-start an online video blog I had done in 2006. It was fairly popular and there was a significant amount of interest in my doing it again. I have a…
ok i’ve finally joined the modern world and am on twitter. i’m only gonna use it to post about things happening in the band’s life as will probably not be able to be responsive. it will be much like this tumblr i.e. i’ll post and then like dick turpin ride off into the sunset. i will give details…
Image by J@ck! via Flickr
By David Boyle, nef fellow
I live in a relatively peaceful suburb of south London, in the heart of a huge allotment, secure in the knowledge that – if there is rioting – it will not come near here.
So it was a genuine shock, as I walked through the park…
Brand New Image from Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie!
Stop motion, Frankenweenie will be filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D, which will elevate the classic style to a whole new experience. The film sees young Victor conducting a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to be faced with unintended, sometimes monstrous consequences.
Cannot wait for this movie AND the trailer is premièring at 6pm UK time tonight- will keep you posted!