Is the Internet “making this a nation of fragmented cultural tribes”? Yes and no. The Internet is definitely the most elaborate and far-reaching site using the niche and target marketing techniques that have attacked the mass-media “mainstream’ forged in the middle of the 20th century. However, the US has always been a nation of “fragmented cultural tribes,” and even when there appeared to be unity, it mostly papered over, ignored, or erased differences among smaller groups. But I don’t think the Internet means the end of subcultures, because I don’t see hipsters as particularly cohesive, in a national sense. In each of these subcultural examples, people have experiences primarily at the local level, and then they are joined together in a network, to a greater or lesser extent, that connects these localities across the nation.
BEYOND upset that I’ll be out of town that weekend!
Announcing the GOOD Design Hackathon in New York City
From designers to developers, you’re invited to our Design Hackathon, a challenge on the theme of 21st-century citizenship. Participants will brainstorm, design, and demonstrate the learning tool they think will most empower average New Yorkers to become better citizens. Design Hackathon will be hosted at Parsons the New School for Design from Friday, March 2 to Sunday, March 4. Register online here!
In Consent of the Networked, Global Voices co-founder and internet policy specialist Rebecca MacKinnon argues that it’s time for us to demand that our rights and freedoms are respected and protected before they’re sold, legislated, programmed, and engineered away.
Is it possible to learn the basics of computer programming in one year? That’s the hope of the more than 281,000 (and counting) people who have signed up to participate in Code Year, a New Year’s resolution challenge that promises to teach users enough code to build their own apps and websites by the end of 2012. Zach Sims and Ryan Bubinski bring an interactive, gaming-style approach to the subject.
Did we break the ONA Issues Tumblr? We logged in today and the text on all of our previously published posts were blacked out.
On second look, we saw that Tumblr is raising awareness about the Protect-IP Act and the Stop Online Privacy Act, which are being debated in Congress today. As users log in to their Tumblr dashboards, posts are blacked out as if censored and there is a link at the top of the page which takes users to a post hosted on Tumblr’s site encouraging users to take action.