#verfollow for the coastal city of Veracruz. A word-count analysis of more than a quarter of a million tweets using the hashtag #mtyfollow over the course of nine months (11/2010 to 8/2011) shows how hashtags are used as a common resource. People hook into the hashtag to "report" ("REPORTAN", in Spanish), issue warnings ("precaución", "cuidado") and request confirmation ("confirmar") about shootings ("balacera", "detonaciones" "balazos") in certain areas of the city ("zona", "Cumbres", "Av", "Sada"). You can also see the popularity of some user handles in the messages. Together, people such as @trackmty, @AnaRent and @cicmty, have more than 85,000 followers and 65,000 tweets. These people have become reliable information news sources. http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/shouting_fire_in_a_crowded_hashtag_narcocensorship.php
1.Transaction Costs 2.Network Theory 3.Attention Poverty 4.Latency & Legitimacy
Transaction Costs – The whole cost of acquisition of something. Price Search costs / knowing of its existence. Comparison – Relates to Castells ideas of network constructions of power
Network Theory – Inclusion / Exclusion – Coordination through standards – Assignment of meaning
Network Theory – Inclusion / Exclusion The gatekeeping function of the media What was not mentioned in the New York Times, didnt exist. Castells. (or BBC, News International etc) – Coordination through standards – Assignment of meaning
Network Theory – Inclusion / Exclusion The gatekeeping function of the media What was not mentioned in the New York Times, didnt exist. Castells. (or BBC, News International etc) – Coordination through standards – Assignment of meaning Shaping the mind is more effective than torturing the bodies – Manuel Castells
Network Theory – Inclusion / Exclusion The gatekeeping function of the media What was not mentioned in the New York Times, didnt exist. Castells. (or BBC, News International etc) – Coordination through standards Can be technical e.g. use of Blackberry, SMS etc., but standards are also cultural. – Assignment of meaning Shaping the mind is more effective than torturing the bodies – Manuel Castells
Network Theory Assignment of meaning Any media is concerned with meanings. So, in the social network to which he belongs, does this image make him more a hero or more a villain?
...in an information-rich world, the wealth of information means a dearth of something else: a scarcity of whatever it is that information consumes. What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it (Simon 1971)
No longer a society huddled around the sofa, BBC, ITV or down the local. Now, an infinite number of media products, channels, flavours, justifications, ideologies, truths, half-truths, misrepresentations & edits.
Crime in a society where messages pass more quickly and less predictably than before Crime & anonymity on the net Electronic surveillance A society based on technical cohesion rather than ideology or cultural cohesion (e.g. Apple & Blackberry as platforms rather than politics, religion or shared experience) – A society with neither pulpit, nor t.v. Scaling up / scaling down – social issues as wildfire (adapting an idea of John Arquila) Transparency (of citizens, of officers)
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