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Re: [xmca] Re: [Mind Culture Activity] Andy Blunden changed the group description

It's an interesting moment, university students use facebook quite a lot
for 'banter' and to exchange views about SOPA, 'anonymous' and many other
aspects - within the environment they are concerned about. Wasn't there a
thread a little while ago - the 'occupy' discussion- that explored this? If
I contrast  the 'co-ordinatingthrough ICT' in mass communication, with the
communication in activist activity in the emergence of post-franco
democracy in Spain ( where there was strict measure intended to control
public gathering, and the numbers of people joining together in public,
including the streets) - then there is not even the ghost of resemblance in
today's limited capacity for collective 'activist' activity.

More than the technology being 'intolerable' , there's the concept of
social activity - highjacked into such social relation... in either/or
conduits enforced in the application - it's not open-source, nor is it
wiki-like - where the rationale for form can be accessed [ although this is
increasingly specialist, and 'wiki-editing' tendenciies are under scrutiny
too]. Same goes for  any forms of discussion on 'Linked-in' :who does what
with the content and what knowledge of networking is used for what etc.
I've found that people tend to export useful threads into a pdf / a wiki
orsome similar other form, but still tap into the connectivity that the
applications enable ( for better /worse).

Rather what is being achieved in these different forms is  what single
Institutional ( e.g university ICT provision etc) IT technical support
doesn't underpin /maintain. XMCA being a notable exception..

On Sun, Feb 5, 2012 at 3:14 PM, Martin Packer <packer@duq.edu> wrote:

> Well, Christine, the author argues that what Facebook will do - is already
> doing - is make life "intolerable"!
> Martin
> On Feb 5, 2012, at 7:38 AM, Christine Schweighart wrote:
> > Facebook has potential for opening to people who do not know about xmca
>  ,
> > just through the topic of the group -through curiosity.  Perhaps this
> > article might be interesting to read to think about what Facebook might
> > 'do' that  the listserve wouldn't?
> >
> http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/05/opinion/sunday/the-death-of-the-cyberflaneur.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all
> > Christine.
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