By Graham Vickery and Sacha Wunsch-Vincent
Boiled down to three sentences
User Created Content is having various impacts on the Web, the people who use it and their societies and economies. But reliable information is hard to come by and hot damn this field is moving so fast that these guys didn’t talk about facebook and twitter, which were gleams in a venture capitalist’s eye back when it was written.
“Coolest” quote (it’s all relative)
It is worth stressing that the social impact of the Internet in general and the impact of UCC-related pass-times and communication on society and personal relations have not yet been researched in detail. The spectrum of predictions ranges from Internet communications leading to the “breakdown of personal relationships and social contact” to Internet communications “holding great promises for improving real life relationships and tasks”. Recent assessments point to people communicating more than ever but that their pattern of communication and interaction has changed (Statistics 121 Canada, 2006). There is also insufficient understanding of how media consumption generally affects brain processing, learning, attitudes, and behaviour, e.g. the impacts of virtual worlds on behaviour, or on learning/skills (see also OECD, 2005d for skills in the context of online games).
More research in these fields is warranted.
Should it be read? If so, by whom?
Sort of, if you’re a sad anorak who wants to be able to boast about reading OECD reports in the original bureaucratese.
Other things on this theme I have read/seen that I’d recommend
The FT has a good tech coverage, though they seem a little over-enamoured of Twitter.
Couple of articles I read recently
Is Google Making us Stupid?
Nicholas Carr, The Atlantic Monthly, July 2008
The Autum of the Multitaskers
Walter Kirn, The Atlantic Monthly, November 2007
Pretty entertaining “Web Crashes” Onion TV story…
See also another dwight towers posting, on “The Angel of History“
Which includes a plug for/link to Clifford Stoll’s Silicon Snake Oil
Other things on this theme that I should get round to
Grown Up Digital by Don Tapscott- it’s on my list of books for 2009!
Other things by this author that I should get round to
When/where I first encountered this author
When/where I bought this book
Library book, cited somewhere that I can’t now remember