Inkwell: Authors and Artists
Jon Lebkowsky (jonl) Sun 4 Dec 11 19:51
Do you find that the connections formed online by people in a very wired, technologically sophisticated country like Korea have more depth than those formed online in a a country with more limited capability and adoption, like Senegal?
Ted Newcomb (tcn) Mon 5 Dec 11 03:01
Is the internet moving us beyond nation states - not replacing them, but forming another layer of global relationships? Your book focuses on how the internet collides in differing ways with nations. At the same time it seems fair to say that an internet or cyber culture is evolving and emerging that is extra-national as users come on line. It may be more fair to say a multiplicity of cultures are evolving; it's hardly heterogeneous. Any thoughts on the process and where it might take us? Or is that too speculative in these early stages?
Jon Lebkowsky (jonl) Mon 5 Dec 11 05:45
That's a good question, Ted. We organized nation-states when communication was scarce and coordination was inherently limited. The Internet shows us that any "community" is actually a community of communities; within any nation-state there can be, as you say, a multiplicity of cultures. Can the Internet facilitate new, better modes of organization? Do we have our heads around the transformative potential? What stakeholders stand to lose in this sort of transformation, and how are they reacting? (Think Occupy, Tahrir)...
Ted Newcomb (tcn) Tue 6 Dec 11 12:41
From today's Guardian...http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/dec/06/south-korea-hacking-problems South Korea discovers downside of high speed internet and real-name postings Botnets, hacking and the exposure of personal details are price of having superfast internet One of the planet's most connected countries, South Korea, is also plagued by hacking and data theft and is the Asia-Pacific's leading host of P2P "botnets"compromised, internet-connected computers typically used for illegal activities. Lightning-fast broadband and obligatory real name verification have a downside.
Ted Newcomb (tcn) Thu 8 Dec 11 03:01
<28> Thanks for fleshing that out a bit Jon....in re-reading your comment it occurred to me that something else is going on as we expand our reach and consciousness globally, we are, at the same time, becoming more locally focused; city states, with strong mayors, and locally resilient communities. Both expansive and contractive movements seemingly reinforcing one another.
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