Physicality for Digital Ritual

The Lost Ritual of the Physical Social ritual is largely lost in the digital scenarios. For example,┬áthe ritual of lending/borrowing physical books is lost in the digital scenario. So are the resulting mutual appreciation and social intimacy. When you lend an eBook to me, the act of kindness or friendship is barely visible. The very…

The Social Web Is Broken: Instantly Interesting, Lastingly Boring

ABSTRACT The social web is broken. Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Path, whatever, app or web… you name it. They’re all the same: instantly interesting, lastingly boring. All we’ve got are social networks that are networked but not social, social media that is media but not social, social marketing that is marketing but not social,…

Grouped by What? A Review of Paul Adams’ Grouped [Book]

ABSTRACT Paul Adams’ book Grouped offers some interesting quantitative data/results about human behavior, debunks the “tipping point” myth about influentials, and introduces (or should I say, emphasizes) a model of our social web. It has its pros and cons, while the bottom line is that it makes people think. In this post I’ll first try…