Posts Tagged ‘Social Media’

This post is part of a short series on the benefits and shortcomings of ‘networks’ as an explanation of many things in our world. In previous editions, I first gave a short introduction to mathematical network theory and secondly I discussed whether explanations in terms of networks have added value over more simple explanations. In […]


A review of the book “Ubiquitous Photography” by Martin Hand. I have a notebook somewhere with an old advertisement for camera phones. The ad shows a woman in sexy lingerie, sending a picture to her partner to ask for his (her?) opinion. It must have been 2001, camera phones were new and the telephone providers […]


A book review The problem with books about the impact of social media on society is that most of them are too polemic. The positive books make sweeping claims about how social media is going to change the world for the better. Their writers predict social media will cause more a participatory, open and democratic […]


Are the N-Geners different after all? Is the swift, social media enabled, coordination of mass protests in the “Arab spring” or the “London Riots” a sign of a rising “culture of cooperation”, inspired by the Internet?  In their book Wikinomics netoptimists Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams claim the Net- Generation, born after the invention of […]


Turkle’s Turn

09Sep11

MIT professor Sherry Turkle is no longer optimistic about the impact of technology on social relationships. In her book Alone Together she explains why. In her early work, in particular her book “Life on the screen” (1995), Turkle celebrated the freedom of online identity, but now she feels the internet has become more like a […]


A review of the book by Don Tapscott & Anthony D. Williams When it came out, in 2006, Wikinomics was a timely book. Wired picked ‘YOU’ to be the ‘person of the year’; Twitter launched and Facebook (serving only students up to then) opened to the general public. The web was on a turning point […]


This is the second post of my ‘open business models’ series (about Chesbrough’s book with this title). In the first post I introduced the incentives to go for an open innovation process which are: (1) a strong protection for ideas is in place, (2) there is a potential mismatch between technology and intellectual property and […]