Tag Archives: sociology

Marshall McLuhan’s premonitions about the Internet

Every time I reread Marshall McLuhan, I am anew surprised how exact his forecasts from the 1960s were. Take for example the mind blowing “The Medium is the MASSAGE”, he published together with Quentin Fiore, a collage of short texts and images about the changing mediascape, which only had been fully materialized in the 21st [...]

Map of connections between Web 2.0 companies and investors

Here are two new maps I created with Pajek (which unfortunately cannot display graphics as nodes) using the Crunchbase API. This time they are about the connections between a number of Web 2.0 startups by their common investors and between these investors.
If, for example, the same financial organization or person is investing both in Twitter [...]

Friendfeed’s network magic

The crucial difference between old mass media and new social media lies in the network magic, services like Friendfeed are able to perform.
One thing should immediately be evident if you’re using the FFSixDegree tool I coded yesterday: the real power of Friendfeed as a communication infrastructure is its network effect. Even if you are subscribed [...]