Social Networking, the Third Place, and the Evolution of Communication

Unattributed, New Media Consortium, Nov 30, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This document from the New Media Consortium is an interesting way to present online reading material - but I find that way too much space is used supporting the comments, resulting in a lot of wasted space on the page (it doesn't help that the width is static, and roughly half the width of my browser window to begin with). The document's premises - that changes in technology are changing the way communicate - seems sensible enough, but whether the explanation of that change lies in a description of the locus of communication is perhaps less convincing. Here's the http://www.nmc.org/pdf/Evolution-of-Communication.pdf PDF version of the paper if you find the web version too distracting.
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