S01E08 – Social Media Clarity Podcast: Randy Farmer on why users always find a way to create objectionable content

In the latest episode of the Social Media Clarity podcast host Randy Farmer tells an industry story about the inevitability of end users creating content that offends someone.  The post was originally on Randy’s blog at http://habitatchronicles.com/ and describes the effort to create a safe social space that would make offensive content creation all but impossible.  He imagines a universal law of content creation: users will find a way.  The result is “BlockChat” – a hypothetical minimal social media system designed in the hope of removing all objectionable content from the system, which inevitably fails.  Randy Farmer’s story is about community moderation issues for early kid-centric virtual worlds but it applies to any collection of content and people. He read’s from his 2007 Habitat Chronicles blog post: The Untold History of Toontown’s SpeedChat (or BlockChat(tm) from Disney finally arrives).

Disney’s Hercworld, Toontown, and BlockChat(tm) – S01E08

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December 2, 2013: Social Media Clarity Podcast S01E07 – Live Streaming Video Game Play with TL Taylor and Jeffrey Shih

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The 7th episode of the Social Media Clarity podcast is now out.
With big announcements from the game console companies, Live Streaming has been thrust into the mainstream. Join us as we discuss the phenomenon with a leading researcher and a full-time streamer.
We have two interviews this week: Author & Researcher T.L. Taylor and Live Streamer Jeffrey Shih aka Trumpsc on twitch.tv

T.L. Taylor

Live-streaming research
Raising the Stakes: E-Sports and the Professionalization of Computer Gaming
Play Between Worlds: Exploring Online Game Culture

Jeffrey Shih (Trump)

Hearthstone Arena with Trump – Welcome to Value Town!
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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft


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October 28, 2013 Social Media Clarity Podcast S01E06 The origin of Avatars, MMOs, and Freemium

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October 28, 2013 Social Media Clarity Podcast

An interview with Chip Morningstar (and podcast hosts: Randy Farmer and Scott Moore) who created and ran the first MMOs/Virtual Worlds. This segment focuses on the emergent social phenomenon encountered the first time people used avatars with virtual currency, and artificial scarcity.

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Social Media Clarity Podcast E05: Crowdsourcing, Volunteers, and the Sharing Economy

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The 5th episode of the Social Media Clarity Podcast is now out:

Crowdsourcing, Volunteers, and the Sharing Economy

In this episode host Randy Farmer (@frandallfarmer) and I talk with new co-host Scott Moore (@scottmoore) about the promise and pitfalls of crowdsourcing.

We conclude that pixels, not pennies, may be the best currency to create incentives to create quality content.