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I'm trying to clear my tabs.

smallfandomfest has closed prompting and is accepting claims/writers are posting already! Here is the post for claiming, though you're not obliged to claim in order to fill.

For this round I put up a bunch of wildly different prompts (I can never remember what I wanted when it's time to prompt!) they're visible under "Kushiel's Legacy (Jacqueline Carey) here.

Review of Freakonomics is delayed because I need to read this paper first: "The Impact of Legalized Abortion on Crime". It's accessible here. Levitt's idea about the landmark Roe v. Wade decision affecting the drop in crime rates in America during the 1990's is one of his biggest, most important statistical analyses. They have been thrown into doubt by two economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (C. L. Foote and C. F. Goetz), but I haven't read the paper yet. Reserving judgement.

From [community profile] dreamwidth_meta is this post on "Why Google+ is still not working for humans", a fascinating look into social media and how we interact with it. He writes about how Google+ is just not designed for people to be comfortable with, and expands outwards into social media in general.

There is a high entropy factor in social networks. New groups are forming all the time, and old groups die out. Creating a group or adding people to a group is driven by a positive emotion. I care about my new friend, or my new Guys Night Out group, so it feels appropriate to spend the energy it takes to create the group or add the person to my friend list. But then later – when the person is not my friend, or the Guys Night Out plan has run its course – I no longer care about it. And because I don’t care, I don’t want to spend any energy on it - not even the energy to remove it. In fact, spending the energy to delete the group might inadvertently make the other group members think I cared about it, and make them feel bad for letting the group die, etc.

This is why social networking sites tend to decay over time. Because I never remove people, my Friendster or MySpace or Facebook account has a smaller and smaller percentage of meaningful relationships in it, and as a result it becomes less relevant over time. This is also why a new social network always feels somehow better than the last one. It has smarter people, more relevant conversations, etc. It is all because your social network in the new space has not had time to decay.

He touches on a lot of different subjects; I think it's well worth a read, even though the post was made several years ago when Google+ launched. The point he raised about like vs +1 makes me wonder about LJ's "friends" and DW's "subscribe/give access". This was a deliberate decision to remove the emotional connotations, but honestly, social media networks are called social for a reason. What's the phrase? Skin in the game. You don't make friend without putting some skin in the game. DW's method is more like a feed of someone's blog; I just absorb their stuff invisibly.

Crosspost: http://silverflight8.dreamwidth.org/129823.html.


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May. 28th, 2013 03:09 am (UTC)
I read parts of Freakonomics! I really enjoyed it :)
May. 28th, 2013 04:51 am (UTC)
It's a really engaging book! With nonfiction I feel compelled to, you know, think about how accurate it is. And unlike other subjects, I actually have tools to do so, so now I'm trying to absorb that article.
Jun. 1st, 2013 02:22 am (UTC)
I read this article the other day--it was definitely interesting, thanks for sharing! Although I disagree with his analysis of FB--because while I do have a shit ton of friends there that I don't really know anymore or in some cases even remember how I know them, I also still add new friends all the time, so there are still meaningful people and interactions going on. And even with the random people, they will sometimes like a status or post anyway, like on politics...

In any case, I still have no idea what Google+ is all about, lol--or why anyone would use it. I hate that you do have to use a real name, I don't want my fandom account associated with RL people and my name like that...
Jun. 1st, 2013 02:43 am (UTC)
Friends cuts are hard though. *avoids thinking about it* But yeah, I think if you're active on a platform you'll be adding people when you want to, it'll change too.

I'm so terrible at remembering where I met my friends. Oh, high school, but what year, no idea.

Crossing the streams, yeaaaaaah. Royal pain.
Jun. 1st, 2013 02:49 am (UTC)
Lol, I generally don't do friends cuts just because every now and then someone I haven't had comments from or spoken to in months will randomly comment on a post and make me reconsider the idea.

And heh, I didn't have a FB in high school (it was only just becoming a thing and was invite-only), so pretty much everyone I didn't friend from there I knew in senior year nor throughout HS. It's more college or people I met during like study abroad nor at random events or internships that are a bit fuzzy...and actually I have one FB friend that I don't even know personally, but who I knew through the Kushiel's Legacy group on FB (back when using FB for fandom was a thing, lol)--he friended me and I just did limited profile, but he generally likes my political posts, etc, so w/e. (Otherwise though I keep it only to people I have met in RL).
Jun. 1st, 2013 02:58 am (UTC)
True! See, I'm always afraid they'll come back and then I'll have to make sure they know that I really meant to only cut them because I thought their account was never being used, and not that I hated their guts or anything.

Ah, that sounds sensible! I admit I've resisted having a Facebook profile up till now. I think I will probably be pressured into it when I start really earnestly looking for work, but for now, I'm happy not to. I really feel okay with not being in contact with all my high school classmates; they were generally pretty lovely, but I'm okay with not really having contact. Too many people!

There was a Kushiel's Legacy group on Facebook?! To me, Facebook sounds like Real Life Place so the presence of fandom there always takes me by surprise, haha.
Jun. 1st, 2013 03:20 am (UTC)
Oh well I use FB more for communicating with current friends and acquaintances more than high school people! FB messenger is very convenient, you can message people without needing to remember their email addresses. I often use it as a primary method of making plans with people (with the app I can do the messages without even visiting the main site). And I use FB to communicate with my former grad school classmates--we started a group at the beginning and used it to plan events and get-togethers and ask about assignments, and now we share news and museum tidbits with each other. So it is definitely useful for more than just nostalgia! And I learn a lot from the links and news people post...

Yep, before it all went public (and all group comments were Google searchable, lol), groups used to be a thing, and there was actually a lot of activity on the Kushiel group! People would start discussions about the latest books (the Imriel books were still coming out, bless, and the LOTR-like duology) and post photos of casting possibilities and talk about which RL equivalents of the countries in the book they've been too, etc. It was a lot of fun.
Jun. 1st, 2013 04:16 am (UTC)
It definitely does seem very convenient (which is probably why so many people are on it!)

That's neat! Oh, google. Man. Then again, a lot of authors have Facebook pages to promote their stuff, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised!
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