From September 2005 to June 2006 a team of thirteen scholars at the The University of Southern California's Annenberg Center for Communication explored how new and maturing networking technologies are transforming the way in which we interact with content, media sources, other individuals and groups, and the world that surrounds us.

This site documents the process and the results.

internet use in japan

A recently released report from Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) has intriguing data about internet use by Japanese broadband users. Look at this table:


Submitted by fbar on May 2, 2006 - 12:30pm

netpublics: some reactions

Some remarks on Friday and Saturday's "Networked Publics" conference.

From Michael Naimark's Blog

While I’ve always been a dedicated advocate of constructionism and of cyberspace, I left the NetPublics symposium fearing that if Karl Rove had attended, he’d conclude that America’s best and brightest were obsessed with living in fantasy worlds of elves and orcs, and ornamenting the urban landscape with colored LEDs. And I fear he’d be quite happy.

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From Will Carter's Blog

attended the netpublics conference at the annenberg center the past friday and saturday, largely out of curiosity about one of the DIY panels on friday, and because I wanted to see the locative / place / space panel on saturday.

The DIY panels on Friday (that I attended) were mostly about the standard self-publishing type stuff that I’m pretty familar with, although it’s always good having smart people like Sean Bonner and Joi Ito discussing it, even if their points seem sort of run of the mill for alpha web geeks.

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Submitted by jbleecker on May 2, 2006 - 3:00am

Why We Need Blogs: Colbert at White House Correspondent Dinner

What are blogs good for that MSM are not? Well, for one thing, keeping up with the buzz around what happened on Saturday night at the White House Correspondent Dinner. Most of the MS journalists in attendance didn't write about the scathing bit on Bush delivered by Stephen Colbert in front of the squirming president and a crowd of MS journalists. There is, however, plenty of blog chatter on Colbert's performance, including these rich details from Amrita Rajan's Blogcritic post.

[Colbert] offered a twist on what he calls his "neo-neocon" beliefs - "I believe the government that governs best is the government that governs least. And by these standards, we have set up a fabulous government in Iraq."

Jaws dropped and the smile slowly slid off the President's face as the room laughed a bit uncomfortably. They didn't show [association president] Mark Smith's face but I think that's because he was hiding under the table. Colbert went on, "I believe in this president. Now, I know there's some polls out there saying this man has a 32% approval rating. But guys like us, we don't pay attention to the polls. We know that polls are just a collection of statistics that reflect what people are thinking in 'reality.' And reality has a well-known liberal bias.

By this time, the crowd nearest the President had apparently noticed that the leader of the free world didn't find his admirer nearly as funny or charming as his doppelganger referring to his wife as "caliente". The air grew thicker and the chuckles fainter even as Colbert calmly forged ahead on other topics, making this the one must-see moment in C-Span history."

If you missed it, you can watch clips here, here, and here.

And the whole thing (including Bush's speech) is here.

Submitted by arussell on May 1, 2006 - 3:09pm

Conference Page

The page aggregating conference-related material can be found here

Submitted by kvarnelis on April 29, 2006 - 11:51am

Networked Publics Interview: Mark Frauenfelder

For this interview from the Networked Publics Conference, I sat down with Mark Frauenfelder to discuss his work with Boing Boing and Make: Magazine.

Networked Publics Interview: Jonathan McIntosh

For this interview from the Networked Publics Conference, I sat down with social justice activist Jonathan McIntosh to discuss political remixes, open source, and the IndyMedia movement.

Networked Publics Interview: Marc Tuters

In addition to video blogging the Networked Publics Conference, the TenFour team also sat down with a number of the participants for a series of audio podcast interviews. For this first interview, I spoke to Networked Publics Research Fellow Marc Tuters about viral marketing campaigns and social networking sites.

Networked Publics Vlog: Net Neutrality

Today we ventured to the Networked Publics Conference held by the USC Annenberg Center. I talked with experts and conference attendees about network neutrality ... this is what they had to say.

Networked Publics Vlog: Makers

One of three videoblogs from today's Networked Publics Conference at the USC Annenberg Center for Communication. For my videoblog, I spoke to two gurus from the world of DIY hack culture: Mark Frauenfelder of Boing Boing and Make: Magazine fame; and Mike Outmesguine, author of the book Wi-Fi Toys.

Networked Publics Vlog: Machinima

One of three videoblogs from today's Networked Publics Conference at the USC Annenberg Center for Communication. For my video blog, I chose to focus my coverage on machinima: animated films created using game engines. This video contains clips from various machinima shorts, interviews, and other enriching material. Additional music: B. Jones : Last Pictures, by Rinôçérôse.