A Different Kind of Social Physics: Online Communities and the Revolution in the Architecture of Our Social SpacesTweet
Speaker: Zeynep Tufekci
Start: Wednesday, May 28, 2008, 12:00PM
Location: JHU Applied Physics Laboratory
Abstract: Everyday, tens of millions of people chat, text, email, poke, twitter, IM and facebook (and, yes, that is a verb). They do what people have always done: they make friends and mark enemies, they assert and seek status, they look for affirmation and for connection, they check out the competition and, above all, they seek the comfort of community. Contrary to earlier predictions, people do not undertake revolutionary, unheard of acts just because the medium is new. In fact, the rise of social computing is hardly surprising to social scientists: we know this is what people do. The significance of this development lies from not the acts themselves but in the characteristics of the environment.