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Summary: Nancy K. Baym’s “Digital Media in Relational Development and Maintenance”

Nancy K. Baym’s chapter “Digital Media in Relational Development and Maintenance,” from her book Personal Connections in the Digital Age, describes the ways that digital relationships mirror and differ from face to face relationships. As she describes the various uses of online and offline, as found in several surveys, Baym argues that online relationships have … Continue reading

Summary: Carolyn R. Miller and Dawn Shepherd’s “Blogging as a Social Action: A Genre Analysis of the Weblog”

Miller and Shepherd attempt to define the blog, a phenomenon which obtained the status of a genre in just several decades. By examining the particular social context in which the blogs emerged (the kairos) and further providing an account of the content, form, the shared origins and the social actions performed by blogs, the authors … Continue reading

Summary: Rhiannon Bury’s “Nice Girls Don’t Flame”

This chapter of Cyberspaces of Their Own talks about politeness in two fan-fiction mailing lists with mostly female members: the David Duchovny Estrogen Brigade (DDEB) and the Militant RayK Separatists (MRKS). Bury begins with a brief history of etiquette, explaining that women, when in mixed-sex groups, tend to introduce topics and support discussion rather than dominate it. Although … Continue reading

Summary: Sven Birkerts’ “Into the Electronic Millennium”

Published almost 20 years ago, Sven Birkerts’ text on new media formats seems very dated. In an almost Luddite lament over the changes and consequences new technology (TV, fax machines and computers) will bring to society, Birkerts’ work truly functions as an “elegy”. For Birkerts, the change which new media formats will bring is the … Continue reading

Summary: Daniel Solove’s The Future of Reputation, Ch. 5-8

New technology makes old problems of privacy more complex (Godkin: curiosity was the “chief enemy of privacy in modern life”). 1890: Lawyers Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis wrote “The Right to Privacy,” advocating that the law could provide solutions to violation of privacy. In particular, they laid grounds for a tort remedy – being able … Continue reading

Summary: Privacy Laws in Canada

Privacy in Canada is primarily regulated through two federal laws, the Privacy Act—regulating government and public sector institutions—and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)—regulating certain private sector, profit and not-for-profit organizations. The Privacy Act (1983) puts restrictions upon “the collection, use and disclosure of personal information” (Office of the Privacy Commissioner Of … Continue reading

Summary: WordPress’ “fascinating terms of service”

When a user signs up for a WordPress.com account, he agrees to the “fascinating terms of service,” as the people at Auttomatic, Inc. describe them. The very first paragraph of these fairly short and easy to read terms of service, after encouraging the users to express themselves freely, reminds them to be responsible in what … Continue reading

Summary: Daniel Solove’s The Future of Reputation, Ch. 1-4

Discusses the “Birth of the Blog” and whether those participating are participating as journalists or diarists Identifies a problem with “diarists” as those who are blogging are “getting younger and younger” (24) Questions the strength of online connections stating that “Frew social network sties allow users to distinguish between close friends and mere acquaintances” (27) … Continue reading

Summary: Helen Nissenbaum’s Privacy in Context, Ch. 4-6

Chapter 4: Locating the Value in Privacy Ruth Gavison (1980) argues that a neutral conception of privacy, without any inherent value judgements, is important because it allows us to discuss privacy independently of whether that privacy is good or bad, acknowledging that different levels of privacy may be better or worse in different contexts Jeroen … Continue reading