Convergence, Connections and Social Media

I have the pleasure of being invited by my Supervisor to present two sessions at the E-Business: Strategy and Policy (EBSP) course at Birkbeck, University of London this semester.

I gave the first presentation today on some themes around Convergence, Connections & Social Media.

Convergence, Connections and Social Media

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Creative action – individual or social process?

Naturally I have no answer but here is a great quote I tracked down today.

Creative agents, relying on habitual and embodied schemas, continually produce practical innovations in interaction with a social and physical environment that systematically limits, judges, and incorporates those creative acts into the ongoing stream of life. (source)

This is a great . . . →

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Networks, LinkedIn and Job Hunting

[tag]Network theories[/tag] are for the most part based on the [tag]weak links[/tag] – strong links dichotomy. Granovetter (and yes, he is the Master At Work) wrote about the strength of weak ties and how they can enable someone or a group to reach into other networks – not accessible via strong ties. To put this . . . →

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A mother's right?

Should a mother be forced into submitting the name of the father in her child’s birth certificate? This is what the British government has been contemplating recently.

The official view is that by declaring the name the [tag]father[/tag] will be traced easily (for child maintenance purposes) and that fathers should play a greater role in . . . →

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Where does positivism come from?

This is a complication I stumbled upon while revising Philosophy of Social Science.

A [tag]positivist[/tag] [tag]epistemology[/tag] (=a way of knowing the world) emphasizes: DETERMINANCY: A certain truth exists (in opposition to relativist that sees truth as elusive) and can be known. RATIONALITY: Explanations are clear-cut and cannot be contradictory. IMPERSONALITY: The more objective the researcher . . . →

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Philosophy of Social Science

It seems that the majority of students of Research Methods HATE the part where philosophy of social science is explored. I don’t. I’m kinda good with theory.

That does not mean that I don’t get utterly confused with some terms that are used in three thousand different ways by three thousand different authors.

The list . . . →

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Giddens on multiculturalism

Misunderstanding [tag]multiculturalism[/tag].

Anthony [tag]Giddens[/tag] writes in his usual accessible style for the Guardian’s Comment is Free.

Does it talk?

Technorati Tags: Solaris, replica, robot, Blade Runner, Neuromancer, human nature

It is amazing how many films I would like to have watched earlier and somehow I always end up watching them years after. Solaris is one of them. Admittedly the 2002 version. I think I was hoping that I could read the book first but . . . →

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Durkheim on religion

Reading into religion (from a sociological, psychological and political perspective) today i stumbled in Durkheim’s theory which is admirable and lovely and outdated. It is difficult trying to explain modern models of religious practice (see New Age etc.) by sticking with Durkheim who insists that what makes religion distinct, apart from myth, rites etc. – . . . →

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The Frankfurt School

“The Frankfurt writers believed, incorrectly, that the USA was also about to become fascist, as Germany had done before”

Power Without Responsibility: The Press and Broadcasting in Britain by James Curran, Jean Seaton – 1997 Page 265

Ehmmmmm…. “incorrectly”???

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