Tuesday, March 14, 2006


I really, really dig Warren Sack's theories on very large scale conversations. It is such an interesting theory, which seemingly combines a number of different organization structures into concise way to track larger community discussions. I found a couple of updated articles on the subject by Sack and are interested to see how he addresses how the internet has changed in the last 5 years. For instance, if he has a way to incorporate blogs and large community sites, such as myspace.com or facebook.com.

Either way past this, my actual question is...does all this organization, filtering and narrowing of information cut down the possibility of random exposure to information that goes against a persons belief? Does this just bring out only information which confirms people's current beliefs?


At 9:54 PM, Blogger Elizabeth said...

Maybe?? While extreme specification could narrow one's perception of the world -- is this customization completely different from what is going on already?
For example, if you're not a fan of network news, you can turn to a variety of other news outlets ready to dish you out your favorite flavor of spin.
Also, all information has been distilled by somebody (the man), for our consumption. Maybe it is better to do our information-gathering legwork ourselves. Maybe not ...

At 1:40 PM, Blogger Yildiz said...

Internet will continue to bring random exposure to several different information, filtered or narrowed but I guess we shall pick the ones that will either shock us(unique stories) or support our current beliefs(political, religious or cultural or etc)

I agree with Liz's reply as well...


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