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Title: Tagging is connecting: shared object memories as channels for sociocultural cohesion
Authors: Leder, K
Karpovich, A
Burke, M
Speed, C
Hudson-Smith, A
O'Callaghan, S
Simpson, M
Bartel, R
Blundell, B
Jode, MD
Lee, C
Manohar, A
Shingleton, D
Macdonald, J
Keywords: Tagging;Social connections;Geographical identification
Issue Date: 2010
Citation: M/C Journal 13 (1), 2010
Abstract: In Small Pieces Loosely Joined, David Weinberger identifies some of the obvious changes which the Web has brought to human relations. Social connections, he argues, used to be exclusively defined and constrained by the physics and physicality of the “real” world, or by geographical and material facts: "it’s … true that we generally have to travel longer to get to places that are farther away; that to be heard at the back of the theater, you have to speak louder; that when a couple moves apart, their relationship changes; that if I give you something, I no longer have it. " (xi) The Web, however, is a place (or many places) where the boundaries of space, time, and presence are being reworked. Further, since we built this virtual world ourselves and are constantly involved in its evolution, the Web can tell us much about who we are and how we relate to others. In Weinberger’s view, it demonstrates that “we are creatures who care about ourselves and the world we share with others”, and that “we live within a context of meaning” beyond what we had previously cared to imagine (xi-xii). Before the establishment of computer-mediated communication (CMC), we already had multiple means of connecting people commonly separated by space (Gitelman and Pingree). Yet the Web has allowed us to see each other whilst separated by great distances, to share stories, images and other media online, to co-construct or “produse” (Bruns) content and, importantly, to do so within groups, rather than merely between individuals (Weinberger 108).
ISSN: 1441-2616
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