Web.Studies, first chapter, by David Gauntlett

4. A Home on the Web: Presentations of Self on Personal Homepages
Charles Cheung
5. I-love-Xena.com: Creating On-line Fan Communities
Kirsten Pullen
6. Artists’ Websites: Declarations of Identity and Presentations of Self
Eva Pariser
7. Webcam Women: Life on Your Screen
Donald Snyder
8. Queer ‘n’ Asian on – and off – the Net: The Role of Cyberspace in Queer Taiwan and Korea
Chris Berry and Fran Martin
9. The Web goes to the pictures
David Gauntlett
10. The Teacher Review debate
-Teacher Review: Just what the internet was made for
Ryan Lathouwers and Amy Happ
-Teacher Review: The Dark Side of the Internet
Daniel Curzon-Brown”

The first chapter and probably the whole book broad overview saying what we already know. Yet these basic things do need to be said and said well, this book may do that. The section & headings quoted above may be useful to generate some playful surfing. What is the *Dark Side of the Internet*, porn? this is the obvious answer but that to me is the dark side on the Internet, what is the dark side *of* it? I’ll see what there is on Daniel Curzon-Brown.


AdSubtract.com   We Subtract the Ads!

“Internet Ads:

  • Slow down web surfing
  • Distract you with screen clutter
  • Endanger your online Privacy”

And they are ugly. Is this a sacred place? At least it needs to be aesthetic! Several years ago I bought this program after having it on a month free trial. I’ve used it ever since. I am often shocked when I look at other people as they surf. It is so distracting and ugly. A one off fee fixes it. OK it might sound like an ad as I write, but it is a plea for aesthetics and I have no financial interest in the product at all. There may be others as good, but this one has workrd without a glitch.

CDL Directory

Search the CDL Directory

The CDL Directory includes records for electronic journal titles, databases, archival finding aids and reference texts. You can re-try your search in the CDL Directory below, or you can automatically send your search into another search system.

Talking about libraries here is access to the academic type.


Mind-Body Dualism and the Biopsychosocial Model of Pain: What Did Descartes Really Say?

Found this using Searchlite (see next item, above).

More on Psyche and Libraries

Been thinking about what I wrote about Amazon being Alexandria. It is not quite right, the whole Net is the new Alexandria. And I doubt the future is corporate. XML plus peer-to-peer sharing means literature and texts of all kinds will be “free” like music is now. However *right now*, and that is all there is, there is nothing like Amazon, and it may be like that for a while yet.

Memory is something of a seat of the soul, and computer memory is in the same class. All of our written words our *written traditions* are what the Maori call whakapapa. Our ancestors and their stories have a spititual quality – in a library these spirits are all around us – the library is a sacred place.

Privacy vs the need for connection – to live & learn.

The Psychological Meaning of Internet Privacy

Some news clips and then some musings from me.

Groups Criticize Amazon Policy
By D. IAN HOPPER, Associated Press Writer

“Consumer groups say a change in Amazon.com’s privacy policy could leave customers of the Internet retailing giant no recourse if they don’t want personal information such as credit card numbers and home addresses passed on to some other company.

Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc., which sells a wide range of products, including books, toys and hardware, posted a revised privacy policy on its Web site Thursday telling customers the information they give is considered a company asset that can be sold. A company spokeswoman, Patty Smith, said the new policy is actually more restrictive in some cases, and better explains what Amazon can and cannot do with customer data.

“As we continue to develop our business, we might sell or buy stores or assets,” the new policy reads. “In such transactions, customer information generally is one of the transferred business assets.”

No. 3.6 . The Filter. 9.08.00 from Harvard at has a section on this… they say:

“Now, in the wake of a decision by the Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court overseeing the ToysMart case not to consider its agreement with the FTC in the absence of a buyer for ToysMart’s assets, leading e-tailer Amazon.com has introduced modifications to its privacy policy making it clear that Amazon customers’ personal data is considered a company asset and can therefore legitimately be shared with Amazon’s growing cadre of corporate partners�or, if need be,sold.”

The question of privacy is and will be debated from a legal, political and social perspective. From a psychological perspective what is happening as Amazon changes policy? A lot.

First Some thoughts about Amazon . This is a super Alexandria – and an Amazon customer is a scholar in the greatest library ever, so what happens as we access this database of books in print? It is not only a library it is a huge many-to-many discussion about books. Yet the networks of people here is not social – “I learn that people who bought this also bought this” – that is a psychometric or psychological revelation. I can look at reviewers and their profiles, meet them, see what is on their wish list and in their “purchase circle” and move to the website of fan clubs and authors. This is not like meeting people in a physical bookstore – here we read their minds – we enter into a mind-space. We find books without the help of librarians, but with each other in systems of automated and non-automated collaboration that runs deep. Because this library will work best if there is only *one* people flock to the biggest, where they find the most. Perhaps it is sad that this is a store, and a commercial, corporate, capitalist place – that is not unlike many universities – there is no class neutrality when it comes to learning. With immunity to the Orwellian nightmare inherent in the inherent impact of the words: knowledge about the customers is called an asset.

That knowledge of the scholars in this modern Alexandria is the very thing that is used to tune the scholars into the information using automated collaborative filtering or psychometry as Moreno would have called it. It would seem a marvelous virtue if it was *one librarian* who had the knowledge about the scholars. This virtue becomes scary in the panopticon.

As individuals we are not able to learn, learning is in relationship with others, always. These relationships are so vital that we will seek them out wherever they work best – even if we have to be humiliated by being seen as a “user, a customer, and an asset”. Can the impulse to seek the purest collaborative knowing be stronger than any companies ability to exploit that need for its own greed? Can our collective spirit and soul transcend the ugliness of some of the culture invading the Net?

Planning for Online Learning

GroupSense – Planning for Online Learning

“The Internet, on the other hand provides a flexible means of presenting content and also supports interaction between teacher and learners and among learners in groups. This is fuelling an explosion in the delivery of courses online. The September/October 1998 edition of Group Computing reports that in late 1997, there were 7,000,000 students taking distance learning courses from higher-education institutions”

This quote is from an article by Dan – sums up the GS approach to Online learning, and covers the basics – is valuable because it *is* basic.


GroupSense Online Groups


“Online Groups enable people to work, learn and build shared knowledge-bases together at their own time, their own place and their own pace. Online Groups foster and facilitate innovation, learning, collaboration and knowledge-sharing.
GroupSense partners with organisations to establish self-sustaining Online Groups that achieve specific purposes.

Online Groups use simple technology that requires only standard email. GroupSense provides Planning, Design, Training and Hosting to establish Participation Habits that maximise the value of each Online Group.”

This is my friend & colleague Dan Randow’s site. Business is thriving, and I am pleased to be working with the team as a part time consultant. I have been in on discussions and planning from the start but only this year have I begun to work professionally, as a host. The GroupSense approach makes sense – it is essential to work with *people first*, it is only from knowing people and the organisation that we can design the group structure and format.

Full Circle Associates: Online Community Resources

Full Circle Associates: Online Community Resources
Nancy White’s list of resources.
Here are the categories:

“Index – see below for specific links.

Online Community – General and Nancy’s Musings – Some of these are just beginnings of ideas, waiting to germinate. – Articles and Events – Online Community Design Resources – Online Facilitation and Hosting – Virtual Teams/Remote Work – Online Community Software and Web Based Platforms – Cyber Activism, Cyber Democracy, Community Networks and Advocacy (I know, odd mix. Things emerge…) – Cyberculture Resources – Cybercommunications Resources – Some of my Community Sites – Online Community-related Listservs and Newsletters – Full Circle BookShelf – always a few related books here. – MORE!! Online Community Links”


Online Therapy Articles

These articles are all related to online therapy. Considered a rapidly growing field, online therapy has been subject to controversy. While some professionals argue that the face-to-face therapy relationship cannot be duplicated online and worry about ethical standards, others argue that the Internet offers new ways of reaching people.

More from the Catalyst site, useful items here. Thanks Richard