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      CommentAuthorWillow Bl00
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2008 edited
    Hello again! We had a meeting this past Friday about constructing identities online, both as an individual and in groups. The full topical transcription is here, the audio available for a week (please download and distribute at will, and it will be available upon request at later dates) Part One / Part Two.

    I am still no good at audio, and we were again in a relatively noisy coffee shop. Apologies for that. Will get better with time, one hopes.

    The general ideas we covered (in order), follow:

    Identity in general, actively constructing how people see you via putting together a profile – you can put together a false identity through this.

    How do we communicate when we don’t have nonverbal communication and tone of voice?

    How do we come together in groups? Group blogs and forums (moderated and otherwise) specifically. How can individuals disrupt this group? Trolling specifically, and how the option on anonymity affects how we communicate.

    Being valid or legitimate online, accountability, being “real.” How looking for similar qualities or shared past experiences (locations, people, etc) creates new Locality, sometimes reconstructs previous geographically based social networks. Seeking out our Tribe.

    Human Subjects Committee not allowing for a lot of research online

    Intent behind each profile, keeping social groups apart from each other as a form of filtering/fracturing identity. But there are also people who simply filter all the time and present the same across all profiles and spaces

    When you know who your audience tends to be, you cater to them.

    Using tech to connect real life people rather than relying on “friends diving” or FaceBook suggestions – salmonbots and organic chat client

    Real life consequences – using online social networks to locate people who have done things in offline space, and then taking offline repercussions

    How do we communicate differently online versus face to face?

    Media preferences requested directly after political and religious affiliations, how we communicate in these contexts

    Listing interests affecting how we communicate, seeping into face to face interactions; positive feelings about a listed thing versus listing things you feel negatively about

    People cultivating a cult of personality about themselves, these becoming more than that individual can handle.

    Webpage/wiki is here (still working out kinks from letting it idle), mailing list thing is here.

    Edited: because I finally got Switchpod to work (thank christfuck), and because the next one will be on the 5th about Oxygen v Opaque Tech (aka The Great Steampunk v Cyberpunk debate)
    • CommentAuthormik3cap
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2008
    Awesome work Willow - thanks for all the effort behind organizing this!
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2008
    Thanks again for everyone involved being completely made of awesome. I had a blast at this talk and am seriously looking forward to the next one.

    And special thanks to Willow for organizing, compiling and leading all this!
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2008
    Hey Willow. Good stuff, too bad you're not still around Bloomington/Indy, think this would be a decent thing to do here as well.

    --- Geoffrey D. Wessel
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    Thank you all for the thanks, it's really encouraging. Blunder, pleasure to have you there (next one is the 5th at the same place).

    Geoffrey, we did have one in Bloomington for a wee bit. I think Matt (alephnought) might still be doing them occassionally. You might already follow him on Twitter or somewhat - I'm sure if people expressed interest (and helped in planning) it could happen again. Plus I'll be out over Giftmas so maybe we can all get together then.
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    Yes! Been a bit busy with other concerns of late, but I'm all in favor of resurrecting the Bloomington H+ discussion group. Yes yes yes. I will process this shortly.
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    The audio cuts off around minute 25. Apologies, will have it fixed by tomorrow.
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    It works! I have triumphed over the tubes!