Daily Archives: September 7, 2008

They call it ambient awareness

Social scientists have a name for this sort of incessant online contact. They call it “ambient awareness.” It is, they say, very much like being physically near someone and picking up on his mood through the little things he does — body language, sighs, stray comments — out of the corner of your eye.

Each little update — each individual bit of social information — is insignificant on its own, even supremely mundane. But taken together, over time, the little snippets coalesce into a surprisingly sophisticated portrait of your friends’ and family members’ lives, like thousands of dots making a pointillist painting. This was never before possible, because in the real world, no friend would bother to call you up and detail the sandwiches she was eating. The ambient information becomes like “a type of E.S.P.,” as Haley described it to me, an invisible dimension floating over everyday life.

Source:  New York Times

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Social Networking and Health Care

The social-networking revolution is coming to health care, at the same time that new internet technologies and software programs are making it easier than ever for consumers to find timely, personalized health information online. Patients who once connected mainly through email discussion groups and chat rooms are building more sophisticated virtual communities that enable them to share information about treatment and coping and build a personal network of friends. At the same time, traditional Web sites that once offered cumbersome pages of static data are developing blogs, podcasts, and customized search engines to deliver the most relevant and timely information on health topics.

via Post-Gazette


Inverted Commas: Tom Robbins

Humanity has advanced, when it has
advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because
it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.


Same ol’ Soma

The pulse took the Neolithic
receptors to India where revolution is more than a number.  On the tea dawn
acts like agriculture another pulse created.   Out high might highly
reassess consciousness, fashions, knowledge kneeling with dawn under sacred
organic herb and umbrella.  In brain as in India:  the is of
agriculture.  Or curing of the states.  A tranquilizer split in half
for society’s swerving nerves.  On the make, words.  Shiny begins to

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