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  • Civics, Popular Media & Participatory Culture » Television
    to Audition and a wariness of European hostels from well Hostel Those around me see Horror as the representation of a force that serves to limit action crafting a clear binary that contrasts the safe and acceptable with the foreign and dangerous To be sure there is a certain amount of truth to what my friends believe to live in a post 9 11 world is to be familiar with fear As an American I have been engaged in a War on Terror for my entire adult life warned that illicit drugs fuel cartels and have heard that everything under and including the sun will give me cancer Sociologists like Barry Glassner talk about how our attempts to curb our fears just make us more afraid and Eve Ensler chimes in with a discussion of how an obsession with security only serves to instill an even greater sense of insecurity Fear has become a sort of modern lingua franca allowing people to discuss things ranging from economic recession to depression to moral politics Perhaps worse yet I have developed in an educational system that fostered anxiety as I struggled to get the best grades and test scores desperate to find meaning in my college acceptances and hoping for validation in achievement growing up there were so many ways to fail and only one way to succeed Whole parts of my identity have been defined by my fears instead of my hopes and although I rebel against the notion of being controlled by this emotion I realize that it continues to have a pervasive effect on my life and my actions I continue to quell the fears that I will not live up to expectations that I will grow lonely and that I will one day forget what I am worth

    Original URL path: http://civicpaths.net/groupblog/tag/television/ (2016-04-27)
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  • Civics, Popular Media & Participatory Culture » Terror
    to Audition and a wariness of European hostels from well Hostel Those around me see Horror as the representation of a force that serves to limit action crafting a clear binary that contrasts the safe and acceptable with the foreign and dangerous To be sure there is a certain amount of truth to what my friends believe to live in a post 9 11 world is to be familiar with fear As an American I have been engaged in a War on Terror for my entire adult life warned that illicit drugs fuel cartels and have heard that everything under and including the sun will give me cancer Sociologists like Barry Glassner talk about how our attempts to curb our fears just make us more afraid and Eve Ensler chimes in with a discussion of how an obsession with security only serves to instill an even greater sense of insecurity Fear has become a sort of modern lingua franca allowing people to discuss things ranging from economic recession to depression to moral politics Perhaps worse yet I have developed in an educational system that fostered anxiety as I struggled to get the best grades and test scores desperate to find meaning in my college acceptances and hoping for validation in achievement growing up there were so many ways to fail and only one way to succeed Whole parts of my identity have been defined by my fears instead of my hopes and although I rebel against the notion of being controlled by this emotion I realize that it continues to have a pervasive effect on my life and my actions I continue to quell the fears that I will not live up to expectations that I will grow lonely and that I will one day forget what I am worth

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  • Civics, Popular Media & Participatory Culture» Blog Archive » Bowling Off-Topic: rethinking the echo-chamber
    creates echo chambers needs to be reframed If we accept that cyberbalkanization is not always the case then the more interesting question is what exactly is happening when it s not This question has emerged as a key area of inquiry this summer Currently I m working with Kevin Driscoll to research and design scraping tools for analyzing message boards The idea was to design something that could augment qualitative strategies by equipping a researcher with the capability of asking sophisticated analytical questions about thread structure group practices user practices and interactive patterns Kevin conceived of the tool as part of a research paper he wrote this past spring and this summer he s been doing heavy lifting in Python to develop a thread scraping tool that will eventually be compatible with all vBulletin forums I ve been learning from Kevin and following several forums this summer as we examine individual threads and try to think through the relationship between the analytical tools and potential research aims In designing the scraping tool one of our tasks was to identify the kinds of questions that researchers might be most interested in asking so that we could build the tool to better address those lines of inquiry With this goal in mind we started looking for threads that seemed to demonstrate the potential of the message board platform for facilitating productive civic discourse This first stage of our research was fairly ad hoc we didn t know exactly what we were looking for but we had a sense that we would know it when we saw it We looked for threads that suggested potential conflict or friction and the idea that off topic subforums were a key site for this kind of interaction began to crystallize over time After these exploratory investigations we broadened our focus to ask more basic questions about the quotidian features of a forum For example we were interested in questions about the technical affordances of a particular forum structure Do you need to be logged in Is one button quoting technically enabled Likewise we were interested in understanding the intersection between these affordances and the norms of user practice for example when and how often do users post to a thread What are the norms for going off topic How do users let each other know who is the intended addressee How does the group regulate these norms Do they use particular key words such as hijacking trolling etc to identify breaches Does the group have different norms for off topic subforums verses primary topic forums The answers to these sorts of questions can be markedly different depending on what kind of forum one is investigating For example a forum like WrongDiagnosis often has anonymous users posting one off questions to an audience they may not have interacted with previously In a forum called allforum net threads tend to cover a wide range of topics and so the idea of an off topic subforum seems less applicable

    Original URL path: http://civicpaths.net/groupblog/2010/07/09/bowling-off-topic-how-message-boards-and-subforums-help-us-to-question-the-echo-chamber-model-of-online-communication/ (2016-04-27)
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  • Civics, Popular Media & Participatory Culture» Blog Archive » On Boycotts and Buycotts: in our PDF readers
    Management Organizational History 5 2 Michele Micheletti and Dietlind Stolle 2008 Fashioning Social Justice through Political Consumerism Capitalism and the Internet 22 5 Tags boycotts buycotts links readings This entry was posted by Lana Swartz on Wednesday June 23rd 2010 at 11 07 am and is filed under Uncategorized You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed Both comments and pings are currently closed

    Original URL path: http://civicpaths.net/groupblog/2010/06/23/on-boycotts-and-buycotts-in-our-pdf-readers/ (2016-04-27)
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  • Civics, Popular Media & Participatory Culture » boycotts
    consumer activism in a global context An overview Management Organizational History 5 2 Michele Micheletti and Dietlind Stolle 2008 Fashioning Social Justice through Political Consumerism Capitalism and the Internet 22 5 Tags boycotts buycotts links readings Posted in Uncategorized 3 Comments About us To read more about our work visit our in progress research site From Participatory Culture to Public Participation Categories Reading 5 Uncategorized 26 Recent Posts Bringing the

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  • Civics, Popular Media & Participatory Culture » buycotts
    consumer activism in a global context An overview Management Organizational History 5 2 Michele Micheletti and Dietlind Stolle 2008 Fashioning Social Justice through Political Consumerism Capitalism and the Internet 22 5 Tags boycotts buycotts links readings Posted in Uncategorized 3 Comments About us To read more about our work visit our in progress research site From Participatory Culture to Public Participation Categories Reading 5 Uncategorized 26 Recent Posts Bringing the

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  • Civics, Popular Media & Participatory Culture » links
    consumer activism in a global context An overview Management Organizational History 5 2 Michele Micheletti and Dietlind Stolle 2008 Fashioning Social Justice through Political Consumerism Capitalism and the Internet 22 5 Tags boycotts buycotts links readings Posted in Uncategorized 3 Comments About us To read more about our work visit our in progress research site From Participatory Culture to Public Participation Categories Reading 5 Uncategorized 26 Recent Posts Bringing the

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  • Civics, Popular Media & Participatory Culture » readings
    consumer activism in a global context An overview Management Organizational History 5 2 Michele Micheletti and Dietlind Stolle 2008 Fashioning Social Justice through Political Consumerism Capitalism and the Internet 22 5 Tags boycotts buycotts links readings Posted in Uncategorized 3 Comments About us To read more about our work visit our in progress research site From Participatory Culture to Public Participation Categories Reading 5 Uncategorized 26 Recent Posts Bringing the

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