There’s a debate going on in the social media news press on the relevancy of Flickr as a social media platform. While I think that some of the criticisms that have been raised are valid — yes, Flickr could be better at integrating with other social media tools — but those that dismiss it as an asocial “gallery” are coming from know nothing loud-mouths who haven’t been around the Internet long enough. Users can’t “engage each other” you say? While, I think that this video is a pretty strong case against those claims.
Any self-described “social media expert/guru/consultant” who didn’t have a Livejournal back when one needed an invite code to join is a complete fraud. They should also have an ICQ number and can clearly recall the time when Blogger was owned by Pyra and went down at least six times a day. Bonus points to be aware if they can properly identify the significance of the follow — xMOCx. There’s knowledge in having been at the genesis of so-called “social media.”
Economics, perhaps more than any other discipline, has taken to blogs with gusto. Mainstream figures such as Paul Krugman and Greg Mankiw have commanded large online audiences for years, audiences which include many of their peers. But the crisis has made the academic establishment fractious and vulnerable. Highly credentialed economists now publicly mock each other’s ignorance and foolishness. That has created an opening for the less decorated members of the guild, and the truly peripheral.
Other than requiring a lot more editing — the sentence “[i]n America NGDP plunged over 11% below its pre-crisis path and remains there; what people buy at the prices they pay for it is much less than most would want[,]” is in serious need of a rewrite for the sake of clarity — this is a very engaging article on not only debates within economics but gives one a sense of how social media is changing the social sciences and forcing open the insular structures of academia.
“… the gap that once existed between work and play is closing, raising questions about how employees’ social media activity impacts their job…. Kabrina Chang, professor of business law and employment law at Boston University, decided to research the legal implications of firings that occur when online behavior meets the work place….”