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.

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Bruno Giussani and Robert Scoble Chat About New Vectors for Networked Publics

This from Bruno Giussani's blog, capturing some legible thoughts on the tension between blogs and conversations. I like these kinds of conversations because they take a bit of the wind out of the blimp of exuberance and give lots of delicious food for thought for creating new kinds of near-future culture-making machines.

Sure, Technorati and others are trying to make it easier to track discussions on specific topics - although they only capture part of the blogosphere and sifting through search results is not very efficient. Trackbacks and tags do help, but trackbacks are not universally implemented and seem to be used less and less, for whatever reason, and tagging is far from being an exact science. Feeds and feedreaders are a great way to manage quantity (Robert keeps track of several hundred feeds, I'm just below 100 and trying to remain there) but don't solve the qualitative problem of locating the next participant in the discussion you launched.
So, there is a need for the next-level blogging platform, and for new tools in the blogging ecosystem that could help turn blogging from an instrument of mainly self-expression into an instrument of interaction and conversation.

Submitted by jbleecker on February 6, 2006 - 2:42pm


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