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Anybody ready to set up a pool for how many months/weeks/hours before the Times publishes a story with the implicit (or explicit) theme of how technology is driving us apart? Hard to beat a meme with mere data.

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Claude

On 1/17/2014 10:39 AM, Barry Wellman wrote:
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NY Times Sunday mag. article about Keith Hampton & associates' studies of behavior in public space. Building on Wm H Whyte's research

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/01/19/magazine/technology-is-not-driving-us-apart-after-all.html?from=magazine

"Hampton thought he could answer major questions about our changing social lives, replacing vague theories with some hard data. Are we indeed socially hobbled by our little screens? If matters have gotten worse, how would we know? Worse than what? Using some old reels of film, Hampton decided that he could find out.

"Tall and broad with a warm charm, unguarded in that Canadian way, Hampton has become a star in a subfield that lacks a proper name: He studies how digital technology changes our lives. Unlike many of his contemporaries in academia, Hampton is neither a reactionary about technology, innately skeptical of the new, nor a utopian, eager to trumpet every invention as revolutionary. He is instead a sanguine optimist — a position he says is backed up by his research."



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