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

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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TedX Bay Area Talk: The Myth of Selective Sharing – Digital Health Futures: Empowerment or coercion?

I spoke about my concerns with the continued belief in selective sharing.  I argue at this TedX Bay Area talk that it is unwise to expect that digital information systems are capable of privacy or selective sharing.  In other words, it is a dangerous myth to believe in a feature that in practice fails regularly and by design.  In fact, it seems that it is practically impossible to create any digital information system that is secure.

In such a world we may want to reconsider our sharing practices, particularly if they were built on the idea of selective sharing.  If any of your digital information is something you would rather not share publicly, you may want to rethink the idea that you can keep your information private.

If you are building an information system, you may want to rethink the idea that you can offer selective sharing in a reliable form.

Thanks to the folks at TedX Bay Area, particularly Tatyana Kanzaveli for the opportunity to work out these thoughts and share them.

Here are the slides that were used in the talk:

Video: Peter Kollock lectures on collective action dilemmas and the internet

Peter Kollock at 2005 Group Processes meeting

Below is one of the few videos of the late sociologist Peter Kollock giving a lecture that I know of.  It is a great example of Peter’s style: entertaining and rich with ideas and insights. The video captures Peter’s talk at Howard Rheingold’s Stanford class on “Literacy of Cooperation” – a review of computer-mediated collective action in Winter 2005. Peter speaks about strategies to avoid or resolve social dilemmas, covering the Tragedy of the Commons and Prisoner’s Dilemma situations, and applying these concepts to social media and Internet collective action.

A podcast from the Yi-Tan conference call was devoted to a discussion of Peter Kollock’s work.

If you know of additional videos of Peter, please send them my way!  marc-at-connectedaction-dot-net

Videos: Information visualization and statistics in the news: Joy of Stats and Journalism in the Age of Data

Two recent videos featured on FlowingData tell the story of information abundance and the need for information visualization to grasp its meaning.

See: for the recent BBC documentary featuring Professor Hans Rosling and his entertaining presentation of historical changes in world health and wealth statistics over two hundred years.

A related video is Journalism in the Age of Data by Geoff McGhee from the Digital Journalism Program at Stanford University.

Journalism in the Age of Data from Geoff McGhee on Vimeo.

Video: Natalia Martín talks to Marc Smith and John Kelly about Social Media Analysis

I spoke about social media with Natalia Martín Cantero, RTVE blogger and professor in digital new reporting at IE School of CommunicationIE University in Segovia, Spain along with my colleague John Kelly, from the Berkman Center for Internet & SocietyHarvard University and Founder of Morningside Analytics. The video was recorded at the symposium on Transnational connections: Challenges and opportunities for communication.

In this video interview, John and I summarize the themes discussed at the symposium including the political implications of inequality of technology access and the literacy to use it.  John describes his efforts to map the global blogosphere and I describe the ways social media creates social networks that can be extracted and mapped.  What does it take to be a communicator in a digital media environment?  We discuss the privacy rights of public data and the use of data in ethical ways.  Not everyone with a fiber-optic cable and server room operates under ethical guidelines.  Given that digital communication is inherently traceable communication, could it be that not everyone should take the risks of communicating?    Digital communication makes messages more findable and available which is a virtue when you want your message heard widely.  It is getting harder to limit distribution of content to select audiences.  I like to argue that the destiny of all information is to be made public if only because information never becomes less public.

IE University has a YouTube channel with lots of interesting  video (in English and Spanish) related to communication, innovation, and social media.