Welcome to digital death

‘Since it’s creation in the late 1960s, the internet, has been a wealth of easily accessible information on any topic, a useful tool. However in recent years, it’s status as a ‘tool’ for knowledge extraction has been far surpassed. The internet has become an engaging space where people choose to spend time; socializing, buying, selling and living. The movement of the internet from informational navigation tool to a community marks a new form of social phenomenon.’

Although describing the internet as a ‘community’ is certainly not groundbreaking, this word, this ‘community,’ was my spark and continues to be central to my research into virtuality. I observe, firstly my own immersion in the digital world, with the hope of extrapolating some of 'the complex interrelations between a person's personal computer and their digital self.’

This blog will hopefully give you an insight into my head and how I have become fascinated by the socio-virtual space, divulging into areas of the digital world, I have termed:

Digital Death, Digital Afterlife and Digital Heritage.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Group Dynamics: Converge and Diverge.

Diagram depicting how the digital space has enabled "ridiculously easy group-forming," (Shirkey, 2008). This allows for the potential convergence of an infinite amount of members in a group. However the fact that every person experiences and engages with an event in an original way means that groups also diverge and split when people realize their 'differences'. So at the other end of the scale because no one can experience an event in the same way as you, you could also comprise your own individual group (of one).

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