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- Clay Shirky
- A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy
- ETech (Apr 2003 ) + Published July 1, 2003 on the "Networks, Economics, and Culture" mailing list.
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- =TALK =HISTORY WWW/NET SOCIAL GROUP PEOPLE CULTURE WEB2.0 TEAM
- Refers to W.R. Bion: "Experiences in Groups":
Groups of people become both collections of individuals and a self-coordinating entitiy.
Therapeutic groups tend to: talk sex, identify external enemies, and religiously venerate something.
Need for structure for groups to work.
In particular rules for creating rules...
- Examples of BBSs, Usenet, .... where open free group is invaded.
- Therefore need structure in social systems.
- Technology (TCP/IP, WiFi, IM, Mobile phones, ...) now lets all people be online together.
- Example. Ito's Conference call moderated on chat with wiki for references.
- For a given technology -- most groups fail!
- Social and technical issues are intertwingled: they can not be separated niether does the technical drive the social.
The system will have antics -- emergent properties.
There will be a formal rules and informal rules.
- Members are not just users.
There will be an onion structure.
Example: reader -> anonamous coward -> named person -> moderator.
The Core subgroup love and weed the garden that others wander through (and vandalize?). = Volunteer fire department.
- One user = one vote does not work when anybody can be a user.
- Things to design for
- Give members a handle -- stable local name. So they get a reputation.
- Make a simple way for behavior to be visible -- who is in good standing?
- Make it difficult to enter the core subgroups.
The group is the real user!
- Make the communications scale.
Encourage a small world structure. Many linked small groups.
- Compare the experience in
of Craig's List.
- Also see
for the social impact of free communication and publishing.
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