tech - chp 1
trudy fell and injured her head.
before surgery peter, her husband took pictures with his mobile.
later that night, emailed to some close friends
within 36hrs, nearly 150 people had sent emails of poems, offer to help
and wishes to trudy.
many help came through, provided lunch or peter, tips on insurance,
billing and financial aid for the cost of the surgery.
also used networks to ask for financial help
people who were unknown helped them.
medical ups and downs, peter had a mild stroke as well.
many ‘strangers’ who are unknown to P+T but know their friends helped out.
friends, set up an e-commerce paypal for donations.
this whole network involved the use of email, websites, regular phones, and
mobile phones to coordinate.
technologies are not isolating systems.
they are being incorporated in people’s social lives much like their
people are not hooked on gadgets, they are hooked on each other
when they go on internet, they are not isolating themselves, they are
conversing with others through emails, blogs.
though, these gadgets have changed the way people communicate with each other.
they have become increasingly networked as individuals, rather than
embedded in groups.
in the world of networked individuals, it is the person who is the focus: not
the family, not the social group.
P+T’s story is a basic story of the new social operating system called networked
networked individualism is an operating system because it describes the ways
in which people connect, communicate, and exchange information.
the social network operating system is
personal - the individual is the autonomous center and everything is
controllable to reach and send info.
multiuser - people are interacting with numerous diverse others
multi-tasking - people are doing several things multithreaded - they are doing them more or less simultaneously.
in a traditional sense, people have been in tightly knit, small, close ties.
today, the new world of networked individualism is oriented around looser,
more fragmented networks that provide help.
though, such networked has already formed before the rise of internet.
this type of network has only expanded rapidly.
analyst are afriad that due to people are more engaged to technology, they will
spend less time in community organizations, hence the world we live in will have
lower social trust, societal cohesion is lowered.
the networked operating system gives people new ways to solve problems and
meet social needs.
offers freedom to individuals than people experienced in the past because
now they have the capacity to act on their own.
at the same time, the network operating system requires people to develop
new strategies and skills for handling problems.
like P+T had to devote time and effort to learn the art of networking
(know which gadget to use)
in short, networked individualism is both socially liberating and socially taxing.
technology that promises to connect people also threatens to overload them with
as it sometimes takes more effort in conducting a deep meaningful
communication than in person interaction.
while technologies provide more ease to develop new relationships, it also
makes it harder to sustain all of them equally due to the increasing
however, compared to P+T, they argue that internet has extended their
reach to sustain friends that are far from them. multi-tasking over
multiple devices helps them coordinate interactions efficiently.
the triple revolution’s impact on how networked individuals live their lives
-P+T’s story highlights how the social network, internet, and mobile revolution are
coming together to shift people’s social lives away from densely knit family,
neighborhood to a more far-flung遥远, less tight, more diverse personal network. the social network revolution has provided the opportunities and stresses for people
to reach beyond the world of tight groups.
it has more diversity in relationships and social worlds, and the bridge to reach
these worlds easily (easy access)
though, it provides the stress of not having a single, stable home, and that have
to sustain equally all mu