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SMS- "ur dumped": Culture Change

I have often riffed about the way that technology human nature and social rules are not changing but that new technology was changing culture but not social ties and interaction. I thought this article did a nice job pointing out that dynamic. Teens are teens but they are now teens with tech.

Macquarie University researcher Natalie Robinson studied the texting habits of 100 young people aged 18-35 and found SMS messaging increased when relationships were beginning or going through a rocky period.
Robinson said couples, fearing rejection, wanted to avoid direct contact when their relationships were strained.
"People used text messages to show their negative feelings rather than talking face-to-face," she said. "This might be because text messages were less confrontational and more distant."
The clinical psychologist said she was surprised to find 15 percent of participants had dumped a partner via text messages.
Robinson said one of her friends had been ditched in a text message and found it an unpleasant experience.
"She was very angry because it was so impersonal and because they had been together for a couple of years," she said.
Overall, women were more likely to send texts telling their partner how they were feeling, while men were more comfortable with practical texts such as "I'll pick up dinner on the way home".

Not really the kind of way most social organizers and issue leaders would think about talking to the networks of young people.

QOOP Books from Flicker

This is a cool development to help bridge the online and on land worlds.

from FlickrBlog...

The crazy printing cats at QOOP are continuing to refine their service for printing Flickr photos in books and posters* in advance of its official launch - they've added a way to select particular photos in large sets to include or exclude which gives you more control. Looking nice!

I can think of lots of good books I plan on figuring out a way to slide show pollution smokestacks on I love the ways folks shoot images on their own.

Easy email appeal to members:
1. Show them the slideshow you like (push it out on your web site if you can).
2. Ask them to shoot their own local version of the issue.
3. Ask them to send to you or upload to flickr (tag appropriately)
4. Show new slide show after 30 days.
5. Print book... Sell book for Donations..Use book as door opener with funders and members.. Ask for more photos...
6. Rinse, Repeat

Flickr is fun. | A visual exploration on mapping complex networks

I am always looking for visuals to weave into presentations and discussions (jumping in for a day on an American University Class). This site danah pointed to looks great.

Complexity is a challenge by itself. Complex Networks are everywhere. It is a structural and organizational principle that reaches almost every field we can think of, from genes to power systems, from food webs to market shares. Paraphrasing Albert Barabasi, one of the leading researchers in this area, “the mistery of life begins with the intricate web of interactions, integrating the millions of molecules within each organism”. Humans, since their birth, experience the effect of networks every day, from large complex systems like transportation routes and communication networks, to less conscious interactions, common in social networks

A bit on danah's blog... danah has a knack for catching the social implications of technology and a good position (yahoo research) to give the technogeeks crap about their designs. I love her work because it is both visionary (on technology, social implications of design and networks) and personal (very readable.) thanks danah for the hard work and openness with your thoughts and research.

This is Going to be Fun! True Spin: A National Conference on Media Relations for Progressives

The 90 / 10 rule says that 90% of the work is done by 10% of the people. In most campaigns and coalitions that rule holds true. It is really important that this core network gets along, understands thier common story and has an opportunity to interact and build ties and friendships with each other outside of the tense atmosphere of a full throttle effort to protect the planet.

In my day job, I am working to start to help foster some more network connections across the communicaitons staff and members we work with at Green Media Toolshed. We are sponsoring and promoting the True Spin conference. We will be there putting the network-centric advocacy principals in action (building ties across our friends, users,a nd member groups).

We are planning some social ties, (lots of food and drink) fun work sessions and some strategic parties to inject a bit more common story into the crew of folks that need to coordinate message, campaigns and issue work. I am really looking forward to the True Spin: Conference on Media Relations for Progressives.

Please come if you can. I am going to do all we can to make it a great event for our movements core network.

Officials from giant corporations meet all the time to share their latest and greatest PR strategies.
Now it’s our turn.
This conference will bring together flaks from progressive advocacy groups to sharpen their media relations skills, emphasizing new and creative tactics.
Join some of America’s best progressive PR practitioners for two days of thought-provoking panels, practical workshops, networking, and fun.
After the conference ends on Friday afternoon, consider sticking around for a weekend in Colorado high country.

Also let us know if you have ideas or can help sponsor some participation for communications folks that may find the travel and fees too expensive (trying to get a little scholarship fund going).

Superstructure of Language: Lakoff on Common Good and Freedom

George Lakoff has a good riff in the middle of this interview (Windows Media File) on the competitive ideas of "Common Good".

Ideally, all of us need to reconnect the Common Good is related to freedom. Common Good provides the context for the pursuit of personal good. Lakoff uses the highway as an example. The highway is a "common good" created by government and society that enables people to have the freedom to drive to see family or go to work.

I look forward to his "manual"

Buzz Game: Can we Get one of these for Environmental Issues?

This is very cool I used to think Yahoo was not into the new ideas game but apparently innovation is alive and well at Yahoo. We really need one of these for environmental issues tracking.

The Tech Buzz Game is a fantasy prediction market for technology. Your goal as a player is to predict how popular various technologies will be in the future. Popularity or buzz is measured by Yahoo! Search frequency over time. Predictions are made by buying virtual stock in technologies you think are about to boom, and selling when substance doesn't match the hype. Your goal is to foresee trends ahead of the crowd: to invest in the technologies that are underpriced by the market relative to their potential. If, over time, your predictions are better than other players' predictions, your fantasy fortune will grow. The Tech Buzz Game is about more than amassing fantasy dollars. As a player, you contribute to the collective "wisdom of crowds" as the marketplace as a whole converges on a common vision of the future of technology. Prices in the market convey the community's sentiment about where technology is headed, a barometer we can all look to as we contemplate the future.

Base Buildigng via Technology: 29% Connect Broadband At Home

"Missing from most marketers' toolboxes is an understanding that consumers' attitudes toward technology determine a lot about how they receive marketing messages, get service online, adopt new technologies, and spend their time."

Device, Broadband, And Home Network Adoption
Twenty-nine percent of North American households connected to the Internet using broadband connections in 2004, up from 19 percent in 2003.
Broadband access will more than double this decade, reaching 71 million US households in 2010. This growth will be spurred by providers like SBC and Comcast, which target tech pessimists with lower prices, better in-home support, and a clearer statement of benefits.
Only 8.8 percent of US households have a home network today, dominated by households with multiple PCs and broadband access to the Internet.
Banking And Shopping

In the past three months, 43 percent of US online households banked online, 41 percent checked their account balances online, and 24 percent transferred balances online.
In 2004, 39.5 million US households shopped online — 3.5 million more than in 2003. Broadband, laptop, and home networking adoption will help drive online research and purchasing to more than 55 million households by 2010.

Someone please buy the report and send it to me....