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“I Felt Like I Was Being Physically Ripped Apart”: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Opens Up About Her New Fame, Trump, and Life in the Bubble | Vanity Fair
“A lot of days, I don’t want to talk, believe it or not . . . The reality of the situation is that if I don’t define this moment, and if I don’t use my voice, then they will fill the void.”
politics  democrats  nyc  communication  attention  reputation  presence  washington 
6 days ago by allaboutgeorge
The Secret Behind Ocasio-Cortez's 70 Percent Tax - The Atlantic
As the political scientist Lilliana Mason notes, “Political knowledge tends to increase the effects of identity as more knowledgeable people have more informational ammunition to counter argue any stories they don’t like.”
politics  identity  economics  power  communication  democrats 
6 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
Using information security to explain why disinformation makes autocracies stronger and democracies weaker / Boing Boing
Without a sense of which political views are genuine and which are disinformation, all debate degenerates into people calling each other shills or bots, and never arriving at compromises with the stamp of broad legitimacy.
communication  democracy  government  information  power  politics  truth  informationwarfare  social  socialmedia  socialnetworking 
december 2018 by allaboutgeorge
The miracle of the United States Postal Service
It maintains six-days-a-week service to 150 million locations, operates 26,410 post offices, and handled nearly 150 billion pieces of mail in 2017 — or 47 percent of all the mail in the world. UPS and FedEx could not possibly handle that volume, especially not to unprofitable far-flung locations — not even for parcels, as the USPS accounts for about 40 percent of Amazon shipping.
infrastructure  history  usa  government  mail  usps  writing  communication 
september 2018 by allaboutgeorge
NYTimes: Facebook Fueled Anti-Refugee Attacks in Germany, New Research Suggests
Their reams of data converged on a breathtaking statistic: Wherever per-person Facebook use rose to one standard deviation above the national average, attacks on refugees increased by about 50 percent.

Nationwide, the researchers estimated in an interview, this effect drove one-tenth of all anti-refugee violence.

The uptick in violence did not correlate with general web use or other related factors; this was not about the internet as an open platform for mobilization or communication. It was particular to Facebook.
socialnetworking  socialmedia  facebook  immigration  news  journalism  web  community  communication  identity  research 
august 2018 by allaboutgeorge
‘Pleading Into the Void’: The Men Who Continue to Message Women Who Aren’t Replying
“I keep coming up with societal theories and explanations about not understanding social cues, but it really was as simple as not hearing what I didn’t want to hear, even if I didn’t realize it at the time. Just a priority of my need for validation and attention over the personhood of this other individual.”
facebook  twitter  men  women  communication  mobile  messaging  behavior  attention 
august 2018 by allaboutgeorge
BI Intelligence
Messaging Apps Will Be Bigger Than Social Networks By Early Next Year
Communication  Messaging  from twitter_favs
december 2014 by allaboutgeorge
Did Obama Win Because He Addressed White Americans as Individuals? - Atlantic Mobile
"Independence was more motivating," she said. "...Instead of saying something like, 'We're responsible for one another so we must do x behavior' -- do more gun control, recycle more -- it might be better to say, 'You can make this better for all Americans' ... really emphasizing their individual agency."
usa  politics  power  research  democracy  communication  race  asianamerican  white 
march 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Why The New York Times replaced its Twitter ‘cyborg’ with people this week | Poynter.
“The metrics went up considerably and almost immediately after switching from automated to personal. We’ve seen the same effect with several other accounts.”

“What we’ve seen by measuring it closely,” he said, “is that human-powered feeds do much, much better than automated ones, by any relevant metric.”
twitter  social  technology  media  journalism  newspapers  attention  audience  communication  online  presence  reputation 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Brett Solomon Interview - The Most Important Site on The Internet Today - Esquire
I think the Internet in terms of roads: It's true that criminals use roads, but it doesn't mean you don't want safe passageways for the rest of the citizens! It would be naive to think that the Internet would be a rights-restricting space. We should deal with criminal behavior like terrorism in the same way online that we would offline. Any incursion into the rights of privacy and the rights of expression should be very carefully managed and should be the exception.
internet  technology  privacy  terrorism  infrastructure  power  communication 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Guardian Project | Open-Source Mobile Security | The Guardian Project
While smartphones have been heralded as the coming of the next generation of communication and collaboration, they are a step backwards when it comes to personal security, anonymity and privacy.

The Guardian Project aims to create easy to use apps, open-source firmware MODs, and customized, commercial mobile phones that can be used and deployed around the world, by any person looking to protect their communications from unjust intrusion.
android  privacy  mobile  technology  anonymity  security  communication  opensource 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Do: ‘Objectivity’ in the Age of the Internet | Epicenter |
We can all live amazingly transparent lives now, but some of us have an obligation to actually be more transparent than others. The answer may just be to be yourself in every arena — use your real or the same name, and the same picture — and to participate on the issues of the day, and then aggregate your life feed and make it widely available.
journalism  internet  wired  bias  ethics  power  communication  online  media  identity  presence  reputation 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Logic+Emotion: Talk Isn't Cheap
Social technologies empower people to talk about what THEY want to and not about what YOU want them to. So, let's assume for the moment that this statement is a current reality. The next question becomes is there value to letting people talk about what they want to discuss? I believe there is. In fact, I believe that it's better than any focus group your company has ever conducted, and yet it's likely that your company still invests hundreds of thousands of dollars on traditional R&D and focus groups. In some cases these conversations (both positive and negative) leave a considerable "long tail" on the internet which can potentially grow your business or damage your reputation.
marketing  media  online  communication  publicrelations  power  internet  identity  relationships  business  social 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Jonathan Stray » What’s the point of social news?
[...] For me, the core idea of social news-gathering is that the audience is, or could be, an extension of the news organization’s source network.

Hopefully, a newsroom knows about interesting developments before anyone else, and then verifies and publicizes them, but that’s getting near impossible when anyone can publish, and when virality can amplify primary sources without the involvement of a media organization. We don’t know yet very much about collective news-gathering, but there are promising directions. It seems like maybe there are two broad categories of breaking news: public events that anyone could have witnessed, and private events initially known only to privileged observers. [...]
news  twitter  facebook  social  media  newspapers  journalism  authority  reputation  communication  technology 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
You Are What You Sell: A Look into the Ad World - Modern Luxury Manhattan - Style
“It is no longer good enough to market on the basis of a product’s superiority point. You’ve got to find a belief that a brand can own in a credible way, so people can feel a sense of shared value.”
marketing  identity  nyc  communication  ethics 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
What “engagement” means to Tracy Record and West Seattle Blog « RJI
A lot of her traffic comes from people who are curious about what they’re seeing or hearing. They’re seeking facts. And by the next morning, they’re not still interested in whether there really were orcas off the coast nearby. They want to know what’s going on now, in a hollering-across-town-square sort of way. They want to holler back about what they know or have observed. The blog hardly ever ASKS people to holler back, as in “tell us what you know, dear readers.” But the culture of the site is known to invite participation, and so people participate.
media  journalism  seattle  news  online  attention  communication 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Internet Founder Tim Berners-Lee Details 4 Concerns About Future of Mobile Web (Nokia World 2010)
[...] The last point also involved a project in which Berners-Lee is involved: providing Web access to the 80% of the world that doesn't go online. He works on this issue through the foundation at, which examines the challenges in this area. Surprisingly, lack of signal with which to log onto the Web is not the main thing holding back the spread of the Web. 80% of the world has access to the Web, but, for some reason, chooses not to use it.

The cost of data is partially to blame in many cases for this, and for those who cannot afford data plans through their carriers, they're limited to SMS for sharing information. But SMS is very constraining, says Berners-Lee. What's needed instead are better, more low-cost data plans for mobile phones. [...]
future  internet  location  mobile  privacy  web  nokia  design  communication  ethics 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Why I like vicious, anonymous online comments - Internet Culture -
When a person comments anonymously, we’re told, they're putting a mask on. But the more time I spend online the more I'm convinced that this analogy gets it backward.

The self that we show in anonymous comments, the fantasy self, the self we see in the mirror when we fantasize about being tough and strong and feared, the face we would present to the world if there were no such thing as consequences: That’s the real us.

The civil self is the mask.
communication  identity  culture  ethics  internet  psychology  blogging  anonymity  moderation  online  media  public 
august 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Zendesk Offers New Tools to Help Companies Help Twitter Complainers
Ovsyannikov says Zendesk has chosen to focus on Twitter first, even though Facebook has more users, because Twitter has more business relevance. Twitter is also one of Zendesk's biggest clients, so the two companies were able to work together closely in creating the integration.

Ovsyannikov says businesses monitoring and engaging Twitter currently e-mail tweets into existing ticketing systems. "But e-mail isn't a workflow tool," he says "So we're bringing Twitter directly into businesses' workflow."
twitter  email  facebook  social  communication  business  attention  public 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Inside the mind of the anonymous online poster - The Boston Globe
While news organizations debate scrapping anonymity, the ground may be shifting beneath them. With all of our identifying information getting sliced, diced, and sold, by everyone from credit card companies to Facebook, is there really such a thing as the anonymous Web anymore? Consider this demonstration from the late ’90s by Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor Latanya Sweeney. She took three commonly available data points: sex (male), ZIP code (02138), and date of birth (July 31, 1945). Those seemingly anonymous attributes could have described lots of people, right? Actually, no. She proved they could belong to just one person: former governor William Weld. She tells me that 87 percent of Americans can now be identified with just these three data points.

Maybe the best approach to getting people to behave better online is just reminding them how easy it is to figure out who they really are.
journalism  media  newspapers  online  community  anonymity  comments  public  communication 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
I Want My @MTV: Cable Network Seeks Its First Twitter Jockey - ArtsBeat Blog -
“The response from our audience to moments going on through our content create this ripple, globally, and it’s helped us,” Mr. Friedman said. “It helps us with ratings, it helps us inform the interests and the passions of our audience.”

“Half our staff is on Twitter,” Mr. Friedman added, “so why not have someone in-house? Why don’t we make it a full-time job, pay a real six-figure salary, and have someone who’s got great writing skills and an ability for sharp, concise, smart interaction with our audience?”
socialmedia  social  television  communication  music  media  twitter  cable  engagement 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
How social media has changed executive roles
The biggest change is the culture of sharing that has come around. And that has created a lot of pressure on an organization to share back and be more free with the information they give to people.
leadership  social  socialnetworking  communication  business  identity 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Sacramento professor asks 30-year couples what keeps them married - Sacramento Living - Sacramento Food and Wine, Home, Health | Sacramento Bee
[...] Communication, respect and shared interests are among the themes emerging from his interviews.

"These are not check boxes," he said. "You develop a communication style and openness, and from that comes common interests and respect for the individual. I'm trying to get my students to stop looking for check boxes and the ideal picture."

He also wants his students to learn that sooner or later, every marriage faces difficulties.

"The key is how you overcome obstacles," he said. "Every marriage that's together 40 years is not perfect all the time. These people had their problems, and they worked through them.

"Just because it's hard doesn't mean it's bad," he added. "It means you're working through something you're committed to."
marriage  relationships  love  communication  presence  research  family 
january 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Why women have sex | Life and style | The Guardian
I thought that my lover adored me. No – it is because I have a symmetrical face. "I love you so much," he would say, if he could read his evolutionary impulses, "because you have a symmetrical face!" "Oh, how I love the smell of your compatible genes!" I would say back. "Symmetrical face!" "Compatible genes!" "Symmetrical face!" "Compatible genes!" And so we would osculate (kiss). I am really just a monkey trying to survive. I close the book.

I think I knew that.
sex  women  men  gender  power  relationships  love  beauty  communication  behavior  ethics  science  psychology 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
How charities harness social media for a social impact |
“There was once a clear information arbiter, [and] nonprofits broadcast their message to a whole bunch of people and hoped it got to enough that they could do what they needed, whether that was raising money or getting volunteers,” says Nathaniel Whittemore, founder of the Center for Global Engagement at Northwestern University. “What you have now is a much more symmetrical relationship in which people who are recipients of the message can also become part of the conversation.”
volunteering  ethics  social  media  online  communication 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Meet the Superior Wife - The Globe and Mail
"The culture still attaches negative associations to men speaking about their personal lives. They are supposed to know this stuff. They are not supposed to ask for help. It's seen as a weakness. ...

"In the same way that at one point in the work world, men might have had to say to women, 'Here's what you have to do in business to be successful,' men get it that they have to receive wisdom in the domestic realm. And just as women have found that their way of doing things in the work world brings added value, men see that there's a male way of doing things in the home.

"Both men and women have their emerging competencies."
men  women  marriage  relationships  gender  power  parenting  children  communication 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Well - Divorce, It Seems, Can Make You Ill -
In a series of experiments, scientists at Ohio State studied the relationship between marital strife and immune response, as measured by the time it takes for a wound to heal. The researchers recruited married couples who submitted to a small suction device that left eight tiny blisters on the arm. The couples then engaged in different types of discussions — sometimes positive and supportive, at other times focused on a topic of conflict.

After a marital conflict, the wounds took a full day longer to heal. Among couples who exhibited high levels of hostility, the wound healing took two days longer than with those who showed less animosity.
marriage  health  science  divorce  communication  friendship  relationships  love  research  happiness  exercise 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Tweeting Under Fire: Disaster researcher Jeannette Sutton explores how ordinary people create their own media during crises. - Reason Magazine
“Social media support social networking,” Sutton says. “It’s open. Lots of people can participate. Wisdom is driven up from the bottom. It’s not experts saying this is what it is, it’s people collaborating at a grassroots level.”
social  journalism  media  communication  twitter 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
How To Communicate Securely in Repressive Environments « iRevolution
Nonviolent resistance movements are typically driven by students, i.e., young people, who are increasingly born digital natives. With expanding access to mobile phones, social networking software and online platforms for user-generated content such as blogs, the immediate financial cost of speaking out against repressive regimes is virtually nil. So resistance movements are likely to make even more use of new communication technology and digital media in the future. In fact, they already are.

At the same time, however, the likelihood and consequences of getting caught are high, especially for those political activists without any background or training in digital security. Indeed, recent research by Digital Democracy research suggests that organizational hierarchies are being broken down as youth adopt new technologies. While this empowers them they are also put at risk since they don’t tend to be as consequence-conscious as their adult counterparts.
politics  internet  technology  culture  activism  protest  privacy  security  anonymity  howto  diy  communication  power  censorship 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Pop Matters: Liz Colville's "Surfing Alone: Is Digital Technology Destroying Relationships?"
In our idle entertainment and in our job searches, romantic searches, research, reading and scanning, we will continue to wander in solitude around the Web. Our job is to continually ask ourselves what we are doing, to borrow Twitter’s slogan, which seems at turns a taunt, a greeting, and an admonishment from God. Twitter is an anomaly in that it lets us mark our footprints for each other to walk in, even though those footprints fade quickly as a new tide of information washes over it. On Twitter, we are each other’s sherpas, guiding one another through the treacherous onslaught of information of varying usefulness. But it should be only one of many conduits to a “long, slow dinner,” not a substitute. Technology is seemingly limitless at this stage of human evolution. It’s up to us to put limits on it, and direct it to the best possible advantage for all.
online  relationships  communication  news  media  technology  behavior  twitter  social  books  information 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Why dishing does you good: U-M study
"Many of the hormones involved in bonding and helping behavior lead to reductions in stress and anxiety in both humans and other animals. Now we see that higher levels of progesterone may be part of the underlying physiological basis for these effects," Brown said.
health  relationships  women  story  communication  gender  psychology  evolution 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge Dedicated Social-Media Silos? That's the Last Thing We Need ...
Social media isn't a box to be ticked or a department to be manned or even a campaign to be launched. It's about thinking differently about marketing, customer service, the entire company. It's about realizing that consumers are running the biggest recommendation service in the world and that, as has been tiresomely often repeated, they define the brand (no, this is not new; yes, this is becoming more obvious and important by the day). All thinking about product, customers and communications, needs to take this into account -- it cannot sit in a silo.
media  marketing  social  socialnetworking  communication  business  public  attention  reputation 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
MediaShift Idea Lab . The A Word: Information and Activism | PBS
One of the central shifts implicit in user-generated information is that in many cases the user will be closer to the subject than a reporter may have been. Journalists, like ethnographers or consultants, are separated from their subjects by factors like structures of reward (salary) and professional codes (organized skepticism, systematic disinterestedness). These factors are sometimes driven by ethical positions and sometimes are byproducts of revenue structures, but have been seen as important to the neutrality and objectivity that characterize recent ideas of journalism.

Citizen-created content falls in a different space; as I have said elsewhere, it starts to look like activism. [...]
mobile  activism  journalism  communication  public  social  information  media 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
New Twitter Research: Men Follow Men and Nobody Tweets - Conversation Starter -
At the same time there is a small contingent of users who are very active. Specifically, the top 10% of prolific Twitter users accounted for over 90% of tweets. On a typical online social network, the top 10% of users account for 30% of all production. To put Twitter in perspective, consider an unlikely analogue - Wikipedia. There, the top 15% of the most prolific editors account for 90% of Wikipedia's edits ii. In other words, the pattern of contributions on Twitter is more concentrated among the few top users than is the case on Wikipedia, even though Wikipedia is clearly not a communications tool. This implies that Twitter's resembles more of a one-way, one-to-many publishing service more than a two-way, peer-to-peer communication network.
twitter  men  women  yasns  online  wikipedia  communication  data  information 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
9 Ways People Respond to Your Content Online | Lateral Action
Use your creativity to generate content that will inspire and transform the lives of the audience in a positive way. Remember that it costs time (and indirectly – money) for your audience to read what you write. And, they expect a good return for that investment.

You will know whether you are succeeding in influencing your audience in a positive way because the audience will tell you. No, maybe not directly but by the way they respond to your content.
online  attention  communication  news  writing  publishing  media 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
How Important are Avatars? - Bokardo
The mere presence of others dramatically changes our behavior.

While we can’t literally get people into the same room with software (yet), we can approximate the experience. Showing avatars of people gets us further along this spectrum, and we act differently as a result.
media  identity  social  community  socialnetworking  design  communication  photography  attention  technology 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Associated Press: As Web communication shrinks, so do links
And while several of them started out as side projects, some of their creators believe they can make money off little links. At least one claims its users can profit, too.
twitter  blogging  web  online  communication 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge TV, radio, Web ad revenue taking big hit
"People are increasingly wanting a strong connection with the person delivering them the news. We are talking about the Oprah-ization or the Ellen-ization of the news," Copeland said.

"There is incredible brand loyalty on these sites," Copeland said. "Facebook is great. But people don't have a loyalty to Facebook. They have a loyalty to their friends who are on Facebook."
social  facebook  tv  cable  twitter  marketing  friendship  socialnetworking  news  media  journalism  newspapers  radio  celebrity  communication  business 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Can the Statusphere Save Journalism?
If you are a journalist, it’s now your responsibility to create a dedicated tribe that supports, shares, and responds to your work and personal interaction in both the Statusphere and also at the point of origin. It’s the only way to build a valuable and portable community around you and what you represent.
media  journalism  newspapers  business  news  internet  social  socialnetworking  communication  twitter  facebook  future  newspaper 
april 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Yahoo Teams With Newspapers to Sell Ads -
“It’s a new source of revenue that we think is going to be a growing source of revenue,” said William Dean Singleton, the chief executive of the MediaNews Group, which owns 54 dailies and is one of the original members of the consortium. “It is still small compared to the recessionary print declines we are seeing.”
media  journalism  newspapers  business  communication  nytimes  yahoo  medianews  marketing 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Broadband Connection Highs and Lows Across Rural America | Daily Yonder | Keep It Rural
The highest percentage of rural broadband connections cluster in recreation counties and areas with large farms and ranches.
rural  farming  internet  web  usa  communication 
february 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Twitter Not Loved In Europe -
If European CEOs think it is a waste of time to Tweet, it is arrogant and a wrong step in their company's strategy," he says. "Twitter is an efficient way to get closer to your clients."

Le Meur moved from France to San Francisco, where Twitter is based, to start Seesmic, which has been called the video version of Twitter. "I Tweet all day," Le Meur says. "The other day I was complaining [on Twitter] about the fact that Sprint, my cellphone company, didn't have the new Blackberry. Ten minutes later, Sprint replied. Twitter is like a free focus group; they can monitor what clients are saying in real time."
social  business  marketing  communication  corporations  twitter  europe  socialnetworking  video  sanfrancisco 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge >> Entertainment: Dawoud Bey on portraiture
Photography is the way I best know how to point out the things that matter to me. It is a way to create a heightened sense of another human being. What I try to do in my photographs is to create a momentary sense of heightened and intimate engagement, so that you are left with a feeling that you now know something about that person that you didn't know before seeing my photograph. In my portraits, I try to create a real sense of a person being revealed to you. Ideally the camera disappears between you and the person, and you are left with a real experience of that person.
photography  identity  communication  art 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Search Engine | CBC Radio | Is Canada becoming a digital ghetto?
This growing list of backwards policies is already creating a sense of digital isolation: Canadians can’t stream the videos Americans stream, download the files Americans download, remix the media Americans remix, or tweet the way Americans tweet.

With the election of Barack Obama, digital culture in the U.S. hit a tipping point, where a robust online public sphere proved itself capable of changing the world. Meanwhile, here in Canada we’re approaching our own tipping point, where a series of ignorances and capitulations threaten to turn our country into a digital ghetto.
canada  communication  twitter  politics  technology  video  filesharing  media 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Well - More People Appear to Be Cheating on Their Spouses, Studies Find -
“I see a changing landscape in which the emphasis is less on the sex than it is on the openness and intimacy and the revelation of secrets. Everybody talks by cellphone and the relationship evolves because you become increasingly distant from whomever you lie to, and you become increasingly close to whomever you tell the truth to.”
marriage  love  sex  relationships  friendship  technology  identity  ethics  communication  research  polyamory  cellphones  mobile 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | The man who reads dictionaries
"I'm not against big words per se or fancy or obscure words, obviously I love them, but I'm opposed to using them for their own sake. If words are to form a communication, you use them as a tool to communicate to people and it's pointless to intentionally use a word that no-one else knows."
words  english  language  uk  writing  speech  communication 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Interview: Julia Allison - PRWeek US
"The best way to handle bad press is to overwhelm it with other press. If you try to refute, and think that's an effective way for that to go away, it's not. All it will do is increase that particular angle in your Google search. The only way to deal with is to keep on going and take in other press for good things."
public  communication  social  google  identity  media 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
BBC NEWS | Health | Declaring love boosts sex appeal
"Combining information about others' physical beauty with information about how attracted they appear to be to you allows you to allocate your social effort efficiently."
love  relationships  beauty  men  women  sex  communication  thinking  information  social  dating  behavior  health  science  research  psychology 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Media Equation - A Campaign Not Filtered by the Press -
"Credentialed guests at the gratis media party jointly hosted by The Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post whooped it up on rides, gorged on junk food and lined up at game booths where they got as many chances as it took to win. It’s probably the last time in the coming week that the odds will be in their favor."
medianews  denver  journalism  newspapers  colorado  media  social  news  politics  democratic  communication  campaigns  elections 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Cellphones show we're creatures of habit - International Herald Tribune
"[P]eople hold on to their phones, and so the movement of individuals is more closely tracked than it can be with paper currency that is passed from person to person. As the researchers put it in the paper, 'Dollar bills diffuse, but humans do not.'"
news  mobile  research  money  communication  information  mapping  cellphones  geography  privacy 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
A VC: Can We Live In Public?
"I don't think you can expose yourself to 10,000 people a day and not get hurt on a regular basis."
socialnetworking  society  theory  twitter  security  public  privacy  love  life  flickr  culture  communication  blogging 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
TidBITS Opinion: Instant Messaging for Introverts
"Specifically, I'd like to advance the thesis that - for some people at least - an aversion to instant messaging is a natural consequence of one's temperament, and that this is neither good nor bad in and of itself, though it does of course have consequen
behavior  brain  communication  community  computers  culture  online  gtd  health  internet  mac  psychology  reading  socialnetworking  social  technology  toread  twitter  writing  work  apple 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Electrolicious» Blog Archive » How we’ve made it work
"And so now I say things like, 'I’m tired and whiny. Will you pay attention to me and pat my head and tell me it will be alright?' And he does! It works out awesome for both of us."
relationships  marriage  love  friendship  communication  happiness 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge Ink Q&A - Tim Guest
"I imagine a future with localised, physical communities that satisfy the needs of our bodies for groups — with all their attendant connections and contentions — and virtual connection that engages us intellectually with the wider world."
futurism  communication  community 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Six degrees of separation in instant messaging
"The dataset which was collected in June 2006 contains summaries of 30 billion conversations among 240 million people. And they were very surprised to find that the average number of jumps to get from one random user to another was 6.6."
internet  social  socialnetworking  communication  microsoft 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Anatomy of a Stump Speech -
"Following is a partial transcript of a representative speech given in Boise, Idaho, on Feb. 2 to a crowd of about 14,000 in the Boise State basketball arena."
communication  rhetoric  politics  obama  elections  campaigns  2008  story  thinking  writing  creativity 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge The Match Game, by Steph Auteri
"I went on a date with this guy, and at the end, he asked how he did, and I said, 'You didn't make me feel like I was pretty.' And he was like, 'What!?' And I'm like, 'I didn't even know if you thought I was attractive or not.'"
dating  sex  relationships  men  women  beauty  communication  love 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: You Remind Me of Me
“[W]e found that people who were mimicked actually felt more strongly about the product when they knew the other person was invested in it.”
nytimes  psychology  research  social  toread  marketing  health  behavior  identity  communication 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Newspapers don't walk like ducks or blog like blogs | Writes Like She Talks
"I know the support and filters that the journalists there use and/or must go through, I cannot read what they write the same as I might read what’s on a traditional blog. Can you believe that there is now a traditional blog?"
blogging  internet  media  newspapers  journalism  news  aesthetics  identity  communication  community  social 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
MediaShift . Digging Deeper::Traditional Media Ready to Elevate the Conversation Online -- with Moderation | PBS
"You have to create a space where the conversation is the kind of conversation that appeals to the people in your world. There are places where the conversation gets really ugly and people don't go to the New York Times to get yelled at."
blogging  communication  story  community  culture  ethics  internet  journalism  news  media  newspapers  online  philosophy  social 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Email And Cellphone Contacts Are The Real Social Graph - Publishing 2.0
"Sending someone an email, in contrast, actually requires having something to say. It requires introducing yourself. It requires actually COMMUNICATING substantively, rather than just empty gestures like adding, poking or sending virtual beer."
communication  email  social  yasns  media 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
What are we doing when we Twitter? - -
"But posting it to Twitter gives it a kind of life, and exposes it to a whole range of people who might not otherwise have seen it."
communication  social  yasns  media  public 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Love & Money -
"The truth is that fighting about money is easy. Much harder is to talk and listen and fashion together a solution that makes both people content."
money  work  love  relationships  marriage  communication  family  families 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Macworld | Editors' Notes | Available to chat
“I'm tired of words. I want to hear people’s voices, see them in the flesh. I want to analyze their body language and look them in the eyes—like old times. I want to reconnect.” “You're a damn fool."
communication  social  technology  friendship  work  jobs  relationships  public  attention  presence  via:cecilyk 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Persistence of Myths Could Alter Public Policy Approach -
"If someone says, 'I did not harass her,' I associate the idea of harassment with this person. Even if he is innocent, this is what is activated when I hear this person's name again."
memory  psychology  politics  research  society  story  communication  news  attention  persistence 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Out On The Stoop: The Bogeyman In The Room
"The Bogeyman is prejudice, racism and sexism. It is also our inability to talk about those issues."
vlog  blogging  race  racism  feminism  communication 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A New Country’s Tough Non-Elective: Portuguese 101 - New York Times
"The imposition of new national languages happens when countries are colonized and it happens when they decolonize, he said. Sometimes, as in East Timor, it happens a second time when they decolonize again."
indonesia  language  culture  asian  asia  power  communication 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Kids say e-mail is, like, soooo dead | CNET
"It's a problem for teens--you're like losing out on some of your friends if you choose just one. To have all your buddy lists in one place, that's where this is going."
youth  yasns  social  news  internet  email  education  culture  blog  teenagers  communication  online  children 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
CBC News: Culture shapes how brain interprets signals
"Culture has a measurable influence on our brain and, as a result, our behavior. Researchers need to take this into consideration when drawing conclusions about brain function and human behavior."
culture  behavior  science  health  research  communication  brain 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Second Ring | MeFi Music
Wherein I discover writing a song about kissing off an ex is easier and more satisfying than kissing off an ex.
songwriting  relationships  communication  marriage 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge Divorce: the great feminist teacher
"I believe in marriage. Or want to, anyway. Sometimes, I think the problem is the institution. It is what needs to be remodelled so that it's good for both men and women."
marriage  feminism  relationships  gender  power  communication  children  parenting  love 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A Web Cadre Turns the Tables on African Scam Artists - New York Times
“Some are so greedy they will do anything to restore the confidence of their intended victim, including pose with a fish on their head or have milk poured over them while holding a sign with a silly message.”
africa  internet  humor  books  nonfiction  communication  african  behavior  email  reputation 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
True or False: The Major Religions Are Essentially Alike - Newsweek Society -
"Coming at the problem of religion from the angle of difference rather than similarity is scary. But the world is what it is."
religion  communication  history  culturalstudies  culture 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
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