The Contributoria Tapes: Can you really live on ‘social capital’?

This piece was originally published on Contributoria — find out what that means and why it is posted here by reading this note. Article background This was my first piece for Contributoria — a response to that month’s suggested editorial theme “The Future of Money”. It was a gentle troll, as quite a few of my pieces were, of the… Continue reading The Contributoria Tapes: Can you really live on ‘social capital’?

Who are the social capitalists?

Regular readers of this blog and interactive cultures will have picked up that I have a preoccupation with social capital. So you won’t be surprised to learn that when I met up with the new intake on the MA Social Media for the first time this year, social capital was the key thing I wanted to discuss with them. The… Continue reading Who are the social capitalists?

LinkedIn has a language problem that is actually meaningless. So get over it.

Folk I know, particularly I’m thinking here of folk best described as “social media types”, are a bit sniffy about LinkedIn (direct link to my profile). I wonder if it’s stuff like this that puts them off? The capture below is a box I get when adding someone to my network on Linkedin. Before I can add… Continue reading LinkedIn has a language problem that is actually meaningless. So get over it.

Help Me Investigate: the social practices of investigative journalism

Last week I attended the 2010 conference of the International Association of Media & Communication Research where amongst other things I gave a paper, Help Me Investigate: the social practices of investigative journalism. Taking all of your ideas and presenting them in less than 15 minutes is pretty hard going when you’re used to having captive audiences… Continue reading Help Me Investigate: the social practices of investigative journalism

Social capital: you’re doing it wrong*

(img cc kelvin255) *not really. I’m being provocative, but I do have some ideas about another way of using the concept when talking about the Internet. I wrote a brief piece over at Interactive Cultures last week, which was a neat distillation of a lit review I’ve written about social capital and a key point from… Continue reading Social capital: you’re doing it wrong*