Intro to Networked Collaboration

Shibuya Epiphany/Jenkins Intro

What’s interesting to me at this point is the different communication worlds that we live in based on our age group and the different mental blocks we have to the different kinds of technology.  


I know a 90 year old who is  just overcoming fear of cell-phones and emailing and the encouragement family-members, and can never seem to figure out an AM/FM clock radio with /Cd player.  She tolerates phones in general, and is a devoted greeting card mailer.


I know 30 somethings and 40 somethings who didn’t grow up with computers in school, and basically feel bewildered by the whole machine.  I know other 30 and 40 somethings who have learned as much as possible and have been riding the web wave to a sizeable tech-based income.  It seems that also 35 and under is the main i-pod market. 


I myself am 28 and made no effort to figure out what a blog was until I entered this class.  Yet, I spend a good half of my week figuring out solving software related problems in my work or for clients.  As for communication, I usually phone or email.


I don’t know anyone in the highschool or junior-high age right now, but I’ve heard some vague buzz about the changes Rheingold talks about, like ring-tones that adults can’t hear, about students using texting shortcuts in their school essays.  


I guess all these differences in the uses of these devices among ages groups is also an instance of Rheigold’s “collective intelligence”.  Each of us can’t handle all the technology at once, so we pick and choose and “block out” what we don’t need.


After reading these texts, i wonder what is the significance of this technological impact on consumers.  Will adolescents really grow up to be that different than the former generations just because of their social networks?  Will this kind of stuff fall by the wayside once they enter the work force, because in my world, I know few working adults/parent who text their free time away.  Is this a phenomena localized to a specific age group because they have the time to do it (they are basically at leisure because they are students).



On other uses for mobiles–

In regards to the games that people can engage in with each other through mobile phones, I thought there was some good potential for other industries.  Agencies that give tours in other countries can give its members mobiles that will tell them info about various hallmarks, and let them have more leisure to roam outside of the group, since each member’s whereabouts could be trackable.


Also, non-profits could use mobiles for treasure hunts where game-players pay/donate a gift in order to participate.




On political prospects–

Jenkins ideas were right on target politically–the Obama campaign is definitely “exploring what it might take to make democracy more participatory” with online contributions and texting the choice vice-presidential candidate to supportors.  This is a good time to be reading this book because if Obama is elected, his campaign’s willingness to make use of these communication technologies can change the way a presidency is enacted forever.


September 16, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Thought I would add to additional uses of mobile phones. An events company I recently worked for have begun to use iPhones for Data Capture at their events. They have developed an app that sends the info to their website as soon as it is entered.

    Comment by ayvak | September 17, 2008 | Reply

  2. I love your thoughts about the Obama campaign. One friend who is a blogger thinks Obama will make bloggers central to his press conferences in the White House. That will really challenge the White House Press Corps which has been the monopoly holder of access to the Administration. I certainly hope it happens.

    Comment by brettbarndt | October 4, 2008 | Reply

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