It’s time to crank this blog back up, to document this semester’s Independent Study course with Prof. Phillip Simon. Here are the basics:
Is There Effective Communication in the Era Web Based Social Networking?
In the post-Web 2.0 era, social networks like MySpace, LinkedIn and Facebook
have created “connectivity” but often lack the structured content that
connects people. Now that I have hundreds or thousands of “friends,” what do
I talk about? What do I DO?
This Independent Study for Fall 2008 will research whether there is a place
for structured interactive conversations connecting people online around the
Leveraging the work I have done in ICM courses – I intend to research,
outline, and write a paper answering the important question of what’s next
for social networking.
I will present a historical perspective of early Internet offerings up to
present day. I will examine what the World Wide Web might have to offer to a
50-year-old professional like me, and ponder the future for social
networking in an effort to propose a new mode of social networking that will
engage people in a meaningful exchange of ideas.
12/8 for final draft
11/17 for first draft
Literature review starting now