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


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!
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

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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.

Social Media Clarity Podcast – E03 – Real Names for Social Order? Guest: Dr. Bernie Hogan (@blurky)

The Social Media Clarity Podcast has just released a new episode:

Save our Pseudonyms! Social Media Clarity S01E03

This is the “Real Names for Social Order?” episode, featuring guest sociologist: Dr. Bernie Hogan (@blurky) from the Oxford Internet Institute speaking with host Randy Farmer (@frandallfarmer) along with me & Bryce Glass (@bryceglass).

Building on the second episode which focused on the changes at the Huffington Post’s comment posting policy, in episode 3 we talk with Bernie Hogan who explains why sociologists are concerned by “context collapse” – the loss of the ability to be different people for different people – caused by social media.  Sociological research suggests this is not a positive thing because humans have always maintained different roles for different groups of people and not all roles are commensurate.  While time and place once kept separate roles separate, today the net makes any interaction into every interaction.

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