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2009-09-29 We Are The Network: Developmental Stages In Online Communication

September 28th, 2009 No comments

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This Tuesday,  Sept 29, we will be at the Epoch Institute in Second Life
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This Week’s Topic

How do we understand the personality and background of people through online communication?  This question appeared at the end of last week’s session.  Sometimes people wonder “Do you know the real me?” from online communication.  Sometimes we hope that others see only a projection of a person we hope they will see.  How do we build a picture of a person from online communication, whether through purely written forms or virtual worlds?  Are there stages of development in communication that are recognizable and consistent?  As we spend more time online, does our ability to project ourselves change and develop in sophistication, in ways that may parallel communication development in children, and does our ability to interpret the cues of online communication develop over time?  What are the typical developmental patterns, if they are common?

After a while trying to find really relevant reading links, I was surprised to come up pretty much empty handed on these topics, but that is intriguing in that maybe we can break some new ground.  I wonder if the concept area is too new for research to have been done, perhaps there is limited commonality, or perhaps it’s a topic that is considered taboo by commenters.  Casual conversation online and in virtual worlds suggest that people do recognize these patterns, and have mental models of how they work.  Can we capture some of them in a way that provides a useful picture for enhancing online communication?

Join us Tuesday at 12PM noon SL, and thanks for being part of “We Are The Network”!

Best regards,

Joel

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We Are The Network is an open, mixed voice / text discussion session. Please feel free to participate in voice or in text, to your preference. The facilitator and some participants will be using voice, so you may wish to enable voice in your viewer so that you can hear the voice portions of the session.

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Thanks for attending!

Joel Foner (SL: Joel Savard)

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2009-09-22 We Are The Network: What Is Behind “The Public Civility Problem”?

September 21st, 2009 No comments

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This Tuesday,  Sept 22, we will be at the Epoch Institute in Second Life
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This Week’s Topic

This week, as a result of several public incidents, the press seems to have discovered the meme collectively that we are losing our way in public discourse, and that the core issue is people not being civil to each other.

Is people not caring to be civil the core of this issue, or is rooted elsewhere, in the parenting style changes of the last decade or two, impact of large scale media behaviors, the political realities of today’s global interconnected culture, the recent financial problems, family structure changes, or some other cause?  Is this a new and growing phenomenon, or is the global net of communications exposing us to this issue in ways that we were not aware of previously?   If we trace the path back, what are the causes and drivers of these shifts? Read more…

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2009-09-15 We Are The Network: Virtual Space Planning for Business and Education Uses

September 13th, 2009 No comments

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This Tuesday,  Sept 15, we will be at the Epoch Institute in Second Life
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This Week’s Topic

What are the most effective virtual space designs for business and educational uses? In virtual spaces anything can be built, and structures do not have to obey the laws of physics.  For some reason, virtual world newcomers almost universally assume that the “right” answer is to model traditional physical spaces  such as offices, classrooms, conference rooms, auditorium spaces, with real life proportions and the standard accessories found in our daily lives.

Experience has shown that copying physical space design is often an ineffective solution, when compared to a design that takes full advantage of virtual world possibilities. What are best of breed answers for these challenges?  As an emerging body of understanding, we may be in the best position to start to articulate real answers to the question “How should I design a space for business or education use?”, so let’s give it a try!

In this session we will discuss best practices for space design for business and education uses, including private discussions, small meetings, large meetings, presentations and lectures, and interactive education. I won’t be surprised if this topic becomes another of our “oops, we’d better split this into a few sessions” discussions, as there is a lot of ground to cover.

Please add comments to this blog post with names of Second Life locations, or even better SLURLs that you know of as example solutions for business and education space designs, so that we can discuss them and maybe do a field trip during the session.

Join us Tuesday at 12PM noon SL, and thanks for being part of “We Are The Network”!

Best regards,

Joel

Reading links below – have fun and see you soon!

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2009-09-08 We Are The Network: Welcome to News Slam 1!

September 5th, 2009 No comments

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This Tuesday, Sept 8, 2009, we will be at the Epoch Institute in Second Life™

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This Week’s Topic

This week we’ll be trying a wee bit of an experiment, an experiment I’m calling “News Slam”. News Slam is sort of a mashup of a poetry slam and a current events quiz show – with a twist.

What in the world is a News Slam, and why are we doing it?

Staying current with world events is always a challenge, given everything else we’re all trying to do in our lives. News Slam is a fun way to catch up with some things going on around the globe while maybe finding a topic we all want to dig into in a deeper way, either in this session or a future one.

I suppose we could even say that this is a serious game, enabled by a virtual world, but… that would be too serious – let’s have some fun and learn some new stuff!

News Slam How-To:

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