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  • Is Civindex gamification? | MIT Center for Civic Media
    He starts from the definition of bullshit by Harry Frankfurt Bullshit is used to conceal to impress or to coerce Unlike liars bullshitters have no use for the truth All that matters to them is hiding their ignorance or bringing about their own benefit According to Bogost more specifically gamification is marketing bullshit invented by consultants as a means to capture the wild coveted beast that is videogames and to domesticate it for use in the grey hopeless wasteland of big business where bullshit already reigns anyway I don t disagree with that view After all some existing indexes which try to score people according to their participation in social networks do exactly that They create this game environment where in order to improve their score people end up engaging in marketing of products Influential people gain coupons invitation to cocktails tickets to events It s a money maker But then that is not the objective of my project Civindex will not use the civic engagement measurement to trick people into doing something else The objective of the index is exactly what it conveys to incentive public engagement for civil action in Society It is about what people do who they are and what they stand for Civindex score can have an important impact on the social media landscape and foster more civic engagement By generating the individual score and conveying it in a friendly way it will show to people with high scores that with their influence they also have increased responsibility for public action It is possible for example to invite them to mentor and organize people with lower scores but who would be interested in doing more In the other hand people with lower scores can find channels and other people in order to do more It

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/andre-muggiati/is-civindex-gamification (2016-04-29)
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  • Civindex: the Italian connection | MIT Center for Civic Media
    an interesting message on the comments section Hi Andre I came across this interesting post I found this idea intriguing I am also conducting some research on similar topics Why don t we have a chat on this It turned out to be a message from Stefano de Paoli an Italian researcher from the ahref Foundation and University of Trento who studies the interactions between technology and society One of Stefano s colleagues Luca de Biase chairman of Fondazione ahref visited the MIT last year and they are implementing the Civic Media concepts in Italy After some difficulty in finding a common time for this chat we ended up talking earlier this week and decided to work together on the project Next step will be to write a proposal to see if we get some seed money to develop a prototype for our index measurement tool Stefano has a student writing a summary of the existing measurement tools besides klout with their methodologies and limitations I m starting to talk with programmers about the technical challenges of the initiative It would be great to have a tech person to join the project so I m going to put up an

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/andre-muggiati/civindex-the-italian-connection (2016-04-29)
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  • The political economy of mass media class | MIT Center for Civic Media
    Contribution to a political economy of mass communication by Nicholas Garnham from 1979 In what has been a very influential text over the years Graham stands by the position that the analysis of communication structures in the capitalist world must be done from a political economy point of view That means that not only the function of the media in society has to be analyzed but also the ownership geographic distribution and concentration of the media must be understood Garhan departs from the traditional Frankfurt School critique to analyze the media as an industry with specific strategies to commoditize and industrialize culture These strategies include copyright systems box office returns planned obsolescence advertising and patronage as well as resolution of labor disputes expansion into new markets privatization of public broadcasters and innovation in communication technology The next text for the class was the introduction of Paula Chakravartty and Yuezhi Zhao s book Global Communications Toward a Transcultural Political Economy from 2007 It is interesting to see how this one dialogues with the previous It is like if you pressed a fast forward key Almost 30 years have passed and now you have a whole new generation of intellectuals all over the world working on the concepts established by Garnham three decades before The book is actually a collection of articles from different authors mostly from the developing world The introduction outlines the content of the book s chapters where the political economy argument is utilized in a decentralized way to analyze the cultural industry Special focus is given to the concepst of neoliberalism transculturation media imperialism and hybridization Most of our discussion in class focused on the authors critique to Thomas Friedman s notion of a flat planet where power is decentralized and control mechanism of capitalist structures would be

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/andre-muggiati/the-political-economy-of-mass-media-class (2016-04-29)
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  • Civindex: trying to measure individual civic activity | MIT Center for Civic Media
    activity on social media to promote products A person with a high Klout score will be offered shopping coupons promotions access to concerts etc What intrigued me was that Klout is extremely market oriented and doesn t really analyse the quality of the person s activity on the web It also ranks Justin Bieber with a perfect Klout score As it turns out I opted out of Klout Then I started to think about an alternative tool which could rank the civic quality of a person s Internet activity Basically the way I see it it would be based on an algorithm that would analyse words expressions action verbs and connections to people with high social activity in society to create a social rank In this way it would specifically give a better rank to people who are discussing social or environmental issues for example To start it could use the same strategy as Klout apply the algorithm to the universe of the twiiter accounts and create an initial rank Then publicize it and ask people to share their facebook and linkedin info to be able to improve the quality of their ranking For the scope of the civic media

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/andre-muggiati/civindex-trying-to-measure-individual-civic-activity (2016-04-29)
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  • Andre Muggiati | MIT Center for Civic Media
    and the Geography of Inequality in Los Angeles Pat Brown Public Policy Institute http www patbrowninstitute org documents publications CTF Report pdf concluding that Latin communities of that city have more difficulties in access Digital inequalities are everywhere Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Internet inclusion to save the Rainforest Andre Muggiati s blog From the Amazon Rainforest into the future Submitted by Andre Muggiati on September 11 2012 1 49pm In early June I was at the city of Sao Luis in the fringes of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil I waited with a lawyer in front of the city s harbor while 20 of my colleagues activists and volunteers occupied the port in a protest against shipments of charcoal that were destroying the rainforest Hordes of police cars arrived to the area and the situation was very tense My boss tried to negotiate a solution with the vice governor and anything could happen My thoughts however were already somewhere else My thoughts were focused on the future After 20 years of professional experience as a journalist and social activist and 8 years on a job that I loved with the environmental group Greenpeace there

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/users/andre-muggiati?page=1 (2016-04-29)
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  • Voices from Hyperpublic: 12 short video interviews with participants of the symposium. | MIT Center for Civic Media
    create a dialogue between different disciplines and bring together different perspectives It is precisely that variety of points of view what we tried to capture when we were documenting the symposium Today I have the pleasure to announce the release of the first batch of short video clips about Hyperpublic 12 short video interviews that we have produced in the YAM lab These videos are based on personal interviews we conducted with several speakers and attendees We invited them to share with us during the short coffee breaks and in the private location of an empty classroom in the Maxwell Building their impressions from the symposium and their insights on the themes of privacy and public space They answered open ended questions such as How do they see the boundaries between the private and the public How does the symposium changed the ways in which they think about private public What is the biggest insight they have had during the sessions and How do they imagine the future of private and public Furthermore some of the interviewees also answered some specific questions related to their areas of expertise For example danah boyd talked to us about the strategies teenagers use in networked public spheres Paul Dourish talked about the use of GPS devices for discovering public spaces and Julia Scher spoke about architectures of surveillance and performance Although each of the 12 short video interviews we are making public today portrays one interviewee at a time they are intended to resonate with each other Urs Gasser Paul Dourish Mica Pollock Laurent Pollock Laurent Stalder Julia Scher Jesse Shapins Jeffrey Schanapp Herbert Burket Ethan Zuckerman danah boyd Charles Nesson Adam Greenfield We edited them short 3 4 minutes so people can watch several of them through the Berkman YouTube Channel and

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/lombana/voices-from-hyperpublic-12-short-video-interviews-with-participants-of-the-symposium (2016-04-29)
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  • lombana's blog | MIT Center for Civic Media
    media such as photographs videos mind maps and tweets The symposium helped us to understand in a more complex way how privacy and public space are being re designed in our digital networked society The diversity of voices and points of view demonstrated that the rapid changes we are experimenting as society are better understood when we create a dialogue between different disciplines and bring together different perspectives It is

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/lombana (2016-04-29)
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  • Zuckerman and Center for Civic Media to be given Lewis Mumford Award | MIT Center for Civic Media
    ADPSR board recognized Zuckerman s innovative efforts to design and facilitate new information technologies that empower civic media and political action The board felt MIT CfCM investigations into providing people with the necessary skills to process evaluate and act upon the knowledge in circulation to ensure the diversity of inputs and mutual respect necessary for democratic deliberation fit very well with the mission and values of the ADPSR In the rapidly changing field of global media it is our hope that by recognizing his work and the work of the MIT Center for Civic Media more attention will be given to the potential to improve world communication and information flow and peaceful coexistence Environment for changing how money and investing work in a sustainable world Slow Money Maine with Bonnie Rukin have had impressive success in helping investments get made in investing and saving farms fisheries and ecosystems that sustain local food systems and communities Slow Money Maine is bringing awareness of the environmental social economic and political issues that impact our food system The Slow Money Alliance is bringing people together around a new conversation about money that is too fast and too focused on short term profit about finance that is disconnected from people and place about how we can begin fixing our economy from the ground up starting with food Saving farmland supporting a new generation of small and mid size organic farmers rebuilding local and regional food processing and distribution improving nutrition and otherwise remedying the imbalances of a food system that is too consolidated too global and too industrial Youth Build Boston for rebuilding community and self respect Youth Build a national organization represented by the Boston group helps young people to get work skills giving them an opportunity to be independent financially and valuable

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/andrew/zuckerman-and-center-for-civic-media-to-be-given-lewis-mumford-award (2016-04-29)
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