Intro to Networked Collaboration

Event Critique: Trisha Brown: So That the Audience Does Not Know Whether I Have Stopped Dancing

This video ( was part of the exhibition titled: “Trisha Brown: So That the Audience Does Not Know Whether I Have Stopped Dancing”. On the evening of the event, people who were unable to attend in person were able to watch the event live via streaming video.


The video is of choreographer and artist, Trisha Brown, using her body to make a large drawing on paper. While I found it interesting, I must admit this isn’t exactly my kind of “art”. Tina uses different mediums such as pens, oils and charcoal to create her designs. She jumps around and writhes on the floor capturing her movements and that moment in time. It in some way it reminded me of Pollack. I find it pretty fascinating that we are able to watch and be part of her creative experience.


We may take it for granted at times, but when you think about how a simple webcast application such as the one used in this performance has allowed so many people to experience art and music, I’m reminded of just how far we’ve come.

May 4, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Critique on is a great site to find direct answers from the candidates about issues facing our country. 10Questions was created based on user feedback regarding the CNN/YouTube presidential debate. YouTube users felt that the questions chosen by CNN were not representative of what people wanted to hear about so a group of users created their own site which allowed visitors to vote on which questions should be asked. Then the questions are posed to the candidate and they are given ample time to post a response on the site.First thing I did was watch the welcome video so I could better understand the site and its purpose. As the spokesperson said in the video, people are turning to the Internet to gather information to help shape their decisions about the election.

When you visit this page, you can click on the answers tab and find questions posted via YouTube video and along side it is a Republican/Democrat category. Within each category you can click on the candidate you want to hear from. The questions posted range from medicinal marijuana use to the impeachment of Bush to the environment. The site isn’t currently taking votes but when they were, users could vote on whether or not a candidate has answered the question well. You can also search the site by topic, I typed in Medicinal Marijuana and two video came up, which can help you narrow down the questions that are important to you. Another important feature of the site is allows you to email the links to friends or link it to your Facebook page. This can be very powerful when you consider how quickly information is shared these days.

What I find even more interesting, is that two of the three people running for president right now chose not to respond to the questions or the website. Specifically, when I clicked on Hillary Clinton’s photo, I received this response, “Clinton has not uploaded an answer. Let her and the other candidates know you’d like to see one.” I assumed all the candidates would want a presence on these sites. I would think a site like this can help a candidate understand the needs of the people and offer them an opportunity to be heard on the issues.

Overall, I was impressed by the people power that developed  I think this is a great example of people working together who want real answers to real questions.

April 30, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Video meeting via Skype….sort of


Jenn and I were able to “communicate” today via Skype. Unfortunately Skype didn’t recognize my webcam. I was able to see and hear Jenn but she couldn’t see or hear me. My laptop doesn’t have a built in mic either. With that said, we were able to communicate via the chat feature.  Here’s the screenshot from our meeting.

March 3, 2008 Posted by | process, tools and methodologies | , | 2 Comments

Social Protocols, Tools and Methodologies for Online Collaboration

What are some of the tools that are used?
Self-organizing mesh networks that create societies of cognitively cooperating devices
Community computing grids that support emergent swarms of supercomputing power
Peer production networks that build a constantly expanding commons for innovation
Social mobile networks that foster the collective action of “smart mobs”
Group-forming networks that integrate social and technical networks
Social software that enables the management of personal social webs
Social accounting tools that serve as trust building mechanisms
Knowledge collectives that extend the nature and reach of knowledge economies

After reading through Technologies of Cooperation, I find the community computing grids fascinating. It’s pretty brilliant for a group of people to use network computers to “share” CPU cycles for the greater good. This seems like such a simple way of collaborating and making a difference in research, more people and large companies should get involved. 

CPU cycles, unlike disk space, have the power to compute, to do things to data—which translates into the power to analyze, simulate, calculate, search, sift, recognize, render, predict, communicate, and control.” “millions of people and their PCs are not just trading music, but are tackling cancer research, finding prime numbers, rendering films, forecasting weather, designing synthetic drugs by running simulations on billions of possible molecules”.  

How are processes of collaboration affected in a virtual environment? 
Virtual Collaboration allows people from around the world the flexibility to “work” together at any time without many restrictions. Drawbacks may be few but two I thought of are the lack of human interaction but that perhaps could be remedied by a webcam and the technology, does everyone have the same expertise and tools to collaborate online?

February 25, 2008 Posted by | collaboration, tools and methodologies, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Convergence Culture

In the Henry Jenkins reading, he is quoted as saying “YouTube is the fullest embodiment of convergence culture.” What is meant by that?
YouTube is the most widely used network for gathering and sharing videos. Everyone “converges” there for information. YouTube permits everyone, everywhere to share information and create content of any kind to be shared with anyone around the world. You can access any type of media: news, music, interviews, classic commercials etc. It can also be used by students, companies and political parties who want to share a message. It allows everyone and everything to have their “15 minutes of fame”.

What is “participatory culture”?
A participatory culture is people sharing ideas, creating projects, getting involved in community affairs and knowledge sharing. This culture makes you feel like you are part of something bigger and facilitates making connections to those around you who may share the same ideas and interests.

What are some of the social networks you use and why do you use them?
Honestly, I created a Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn page for past courses and rarely if ever use them. While they all facilitate networking, I find that I don’t have the time to post daily or connect with people in that way. I prefer simple email and the phone. My colleagues who do use them, do so for photo and music sharing, networking, dating, advertising, party planning, and catching-up with old friends.

How have technologies like sms/text messaging, youtube, and myspace changed the way that we interact?
SMS & Texting: These technologies have taken away face to face time. Sure they have made life easier and perhaps more interesting, but I miss the “real” interactions.

Youtube: I absolutely love it. Being able to watch old music videos, relive my youth with vintage food/toy commercials is simply amazing. The community of Youtube is a special breed, someone is always posting new content for the most obscure subjects.

Myspace: Don’t use it.

February 5, 2008 Posted by | convergence, culture | , , , | 9 Comments