New to Twitter

I have recently become a Twitter user – yes I know I am behind with creating an account… however…

This means that I am completly new to the social rules and customs of this specific community. And this is a great feeling. I guess this is the great thing about our internet communities in general; that we constantly have to recreate ourselves, moving between the many online  social and cultural spaces.  It  demands from people to be flexible.

On Twitter I love the  search engine where I can search any term I want and then being met with a list of “twitters” – moods, information, links, whereabouts – from people all over the world and fields.

At the present I feel a tiny bit lonely on Twitter though. I have only two “followers”, and I am not sure if I am providing them with anything useful with my twitters since they are 1) situated on each their side of the world and 2) work in two very different fields. The only thing that connects them in this world is me, because I know (or at least I have known) both of them at some point in my non-virtual life.

Well, somehow this is what makes the internet a great place to explore: The connecting points between the physical world and the virtual are people. And thus the life we live online is made of the stuff that makes us people: dreams, identity, ideas, imagination.

Images with “something else” attached to it…

It is often said that with global media the world has become smaller. We talk about “the global village” connected by wires and images that transgress and transform traditional borders – geographical and cultural. A place where the images and voices from around the world provide us with a greater “feeling” of cultures different and distant from our own. Media images let us know how “they” look, what “they” think, what “their” agendas are etc.

This is actually a very beautiful, but also very naive thought about how media affects our lives!

I was supposed to fly to Mumbai last night the 27th of November. But the night of the 26th of November, while I was getting ready for my trip, images of horrific events far away in Mumbai started sieving in through my television into my little secure homespere. And suddenly the world seemed so much smaller to me. Suddenly Mumbai was as close as the images I saw on CNN. I was folllowing the events as they unrolled as if I was there myself. And that’s when I realized that it’s not every day Mumbai seems just around the corner to me.

In the end I didn’t fly to Mumbai, but somehow it feels as if I have already been there. And this really made me think about how global media does not mean global consciousness. Although, I myself can thank global media for having grown up with a greater understanding of “the other”. I still believe that the media images we see every day are really just perceived as icons of what they represent. It is not until we attach the texture of our feelings to the media images that the world suddenly seems smaller. Our consciousness about the world is very much rooted in our everyday life experiences, choices and feelings.

We still need to add the “something else” to the images, before we can truly call the world a “global village”.

When Moblogger met Littlebrother – or how new communication technologies influence behaviour

New communication technologies provide people with the tools to be heard and to participate openly in society. They also influence the way we live our everyday lives and interact with each other. Could it be that our awareness of the communication technologies around us leads to a more self-conscious behaviour?

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From the year of “me” to the year of “oops!”

Every year Time’s Magazine awards the person of the year. In 2006, this person was by no surprise “me”. Well, not me as in “me Gry Hasselbalch”,  but “me” as in “me the web 2.0 user”. The award was an aknowledgement of the web 2.0 development and the excitement evolving around it.  A development where “I”, the average person, suddenly got the means to publish stories about myself and to build my online identity with images, texts “blurps!” etc. And boy were we  thrilled with the new ways of expressing ourselves?

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Self-regulation, organisation and governance among internet users

Inappropriate content ‘flagged’ by users, news items ranked by users, online sellers rated by users, online lexica articles written by users and silent agreements among users on socially acceptable behaviour in online communities…

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The Phone Booth – an image of old media use

From the stuffiness of the cinema and phone booth to the open networks of YouTube and mobiles: While one generation grew up using media in closed spaces, another generation is right now growing up acting and thinking in open networks. How do we, the adults, understand and, just as importantly, speak to the first generation of the network society?

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The usual discussion of Public – Private: but what about the mobile?

A gifted person recently drew my attention to the fact that our portable devices such as the mobile and the portable computer has a huge impact on the way we perceive the internet in a very particular way. The difference between the traditional use of the internet accessed via stable computers e.g. in the private sphere of the home and the wireless internet accessed via e.g. the mobile or the portable computer is in terms of the general perception of the medium and accordingly social uses of the medium. The internet was in the general public traditionally used mostly in the private sphere – at home. One major factor in regards to the use of the internet has therefore been the clash between the public and the private sphere, that is, the access of the public sphere into the private sphere – the home and most importantly into the child’s playroom. An important safety measure in regards to to eg. raising one’s child in the network society has therefore traditionally been to make children aware of the public nature of the internet when using it, e.g. when they produce content on the internet. But what if the use of mobiles to access the wireless network will cause a move of the internet from the private realm back into the public realm in terms of perception? And will this actually mean that people in general (and children) will become more aware of the public nature of the internet and accordingly new social rules connected with the use of the wireless network will automatically emerge? hmmmm….that might be the case. at least it’s a challenging thought. And by the way the man who drew my attetion to this and that I have just referenced is called Francesco Lapenta and is a lecturer in Visual Sociology at The University of Roskilde

Digitale kløfter (“Digital divides”, op ed, Dagbladet Information)

En digital revolution har fundet sted. Den er fejet over landene, har forbundet dem med sitrende kabler og signaler og dannet et netværk af vigtige informationer. Den har ændret måden, mange af os kommunikerer, arbejder og lever på. Og den har ændret økonomiske såvel som politiske makrostrukturer.

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Uhyggeligt tæt på (“Uncannily close”, op ed, Dagbladet Information)

Verden føles mindre. Det geografisk afgrænsede rum er blevet til »flows« af ikke kun information og billeder, men også af mennesker. Hvad der engang var langt væk er nu både fysisk, og især symbolsk, gennem massemedierne, uhyggeligt tæt på. Afstand bliver derfor kulturel. Når traditionelle sociale og geografiske grænser nedbrydes, dannes nye symbolske grænser, og verden bliver i stedet inddelt i kulturelle territorier, der bliver tillagt værdi og mening gennem medierne…. Read the full article on