Digital Cosmopolitans

Digital Cosmopolitans The Enormous Scope Of The Internet Can Lead Us To Assume That As The Online Community Grows, Our World Grows Smaller And Cosmopolitan In Digital Cosmopolitans, Ethan Zuckerman Explains Why The Technological Ability To Communicate With Someone Does Not Guarantee Human Interaction Or The Healthy Exchange Of Information And Ideas Combining The Latest Psychological And Sociological Research With Current Trends Both Online And Off, Digital Cosmopolitans Highlights The Challenges We Face And The Headway Being Made In Creating A World That Is Truly Connected.

Ethan Zuckerman is the director of the MIT Center for Civic Media A media scholar, Internet activist, and blogger, he lives in Lanesboro, Massachusetts.

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  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • Digital Cosmopolitans
  • Ethan Zuckerman
  • 13 June 2017
  • 9780393350326

10 thoughts on “Digital Cosmopolitans

  1. Hadrian says:

    To make a complex and interesting book short, this book calls for a re evaluation of what it means to be a true cosmopolitan in the age of the Internet It is simply not enough to use modern social media and thus claim to have access to all of the world s information It is necessary to seek out and discuss with those who share different perspectives than yours, and empathize with another s point of view.With the rise of what Eli Parisier has called the Filter Bubble , search engines tailor their results to individual tastes News sources and other archives that are not normally preferred just slip away from the unknowing reader Further, with the trend of what sociologists call homophily , people associate with those who have similar social backgrounds, such as race, age, gender, political beliefs, occupation, and so forth As if all this isn t enough, Zuckerman notes that language also forms a barrier to information on the internet The vast majority of internet users prefer to use sites which are in their native language, thus segregating the Internet further into different blocs The Engli...

  2. Tim says:

    There are far too many books about technology and society that start with a premise and then beat it to death We ve recently been treated to a large number of ideological diatribes explaining how the internet is transforming everything, either for the better or the worse The irony is that most of those decrying the impact of the internet demonstrate the very weaknesses of internet argument they claim to excoriate they argue from authority, they attack those who disagree with them, and they use overblown statements link bait, in Internet parlance to attract attention.Rewire, on the other hand, is a thoughtful exploration, based on decades of real world experience, of what the internet changes, and what it doesn t, about human ...

  3. Jon Lebkowsky says:

    Just concluded a conversation about Rewire with Ethan on the WELL has studied the global impact of Internet technology for many years, and was cofounder with Rebecca MacKinnon of Global Voices, a global blog aggregator and great source of global perspective In Rewire, he puts his experience to work, reviewing the problems and promise of global connectedness The Internet for many of us appeared as a platform to further democratic intent, if not make democracy workable That promise is still in the air, but we also see that the Internet can facilitate echo chambers and contribute to polarization, propaganda, xenophobia, fragmentation, distraction, etc Ethan discusses how bridge figures can work across cultures and how we ca...

  4. Maggie Delano says:

    I thought the content of this book was interesting However, I really couldn t get over the fact that the author just assumes that the reader wants or should want to be a digital cosmopolitan I m not saying I don t think being one would be great, but he directly alludes to the caring problem that needs to be overcome and provides no suggestions to get there I m not one to consider myself to be all that cosmopolitan at least not in the sense that the author describes one as i.e an emphasis on global cultural awareness I think a lot about the fact that I should read the news but I have a hard time motivating myself to This book provided no such motivation I spent the entire book being mad and indignant at the authors assumptions that being a cosmopolitan in the way he describes is a superior way to live and something we should aspire to I do honestly think there are merits and benefits to exposing oneself to diversity, but the author really doesn t spel...

  5. David Sasaki says:

    Ethan has crafted a beautiful, engaging book for all who seek to transcend the cultural, political, and linguistic barriers that history has placed between us Unfortunately, I fear that those of us who aspire to global citizenship are a small and diminishing minority In a world where information is everywhere, time is compressed, and attention is fragmented, I sense an emerging impulse to cultivate local community around common shards of our fragmented culture.Rewire begins with several anecdotes that demonstrate how seemingly globalized our physical world has become, while the globalization of culture and communication lag behind Residents of Boston, for example, drink bottled water from Fiji without a second thought, but few are aware that Fiji experienced a military takeover in 2006 Far fewer have heard the music of Voqa Mosimosi or seen The Land Has Eyes , the first and only Fijian feature film Noting that it costs only 18 cents to ship a liter of water from Fiji to the US, Ethan observes that it has proven complicated to move the weightless bits of Fijian culture across the Internet than to move atoms of Fiji s water from a distant island to your neighborhood grocer.However, in the very next chapter, Imaginary Cosmopolitanism, we are cautioned to not take Fiji as a representative sample of globalization s forward march Citing figures from Pankaj Ghemawat s challenge to Thomas Friedman ...

  6. Christina says:

    Poorly executed attempt at calling into action a global, and networked society I read with great precision the first half of the book, but then the second half was skimmed, especially since the conclusion had all the main points one needed to get from the book Things I did not find amusing about this author 1 he just assumes that being aware of international affairs is a positive thing and should be some thing we all default to, but as a social scientist I am forced to ask WHY you can t just say it is important and necessary without giving the reader any reasoning2 it was a plain bullet point list of oh I did this , look at my work in Cambridge , guess what I talked to this scholar on Skype and this is what he said , at MIT my fellow scholars are researching this stuff there was no concise argument and he kept jumping around from one fact to the next 3 repeating arguments of confirmation bias and the fact that we all create self tailored social media and news out...

  7. Christo says:

    But rewiring is also about the wires, no A discussion about net culture, it s parochial tendencies, and ways to support network diversity and foster serendipitous discovery are all reasons why I like this book This work is a conscious apologetic for cyber utopianism The author argues that idealism for the web is not an empty hope What feels cloyingly missing is the economic and material side of this net culture The closest that we get to a discussion of this is in the analysis of a pre internet example of a cross cultural collaboration Paul Simon and Ladysmith Black Mambazo s story, argues Zuckerman, is not one of cultural appropriation, because Paul Simon had an earnest xenophilia and because of the good financial arrangement he made with LBM Okay, so why not then talk about digital labour in cross cultural global collaborations At first I think it might just be an oversight, but then in the final chapters the discussion turns to corporations Companies need xenophiles, argues Zuckerman A simple point, but for what purpose To put a good face on the imperialism of a multinational Sure, the Dutch East India Company may have lacked these, but English imperial forces, merchants, and missionaries had plenty Xenophilia, a subject s love for whatever they perceive to be cult...

  8. Rebekah says:

    I read this book hoping to find an interesting text for my undergrad students on media and politics in the digital age Zuckerman does a decent job of presenting a few important social science ideas and theories in an accessible way for a lay audience But there are some things he oversimplifies enough that his descriptions become truly misleading The worst part of book, however, is the never ending series of vignettes Used carefully, and thoughtfully tied to the larger ideas that are then fully explicated outside of the anecdote, vignettes can be powerful But used in this quantity, they re just a lazy narrative device that quickly becomes tiresome Though slightly sophisticated that Thomas Friedman s paten...

  9. Filip Struhárik says:

    The Internet will not magically turn us into digital cosmopolitans Very good book, very good thoughts I made a lot of notes.

  10. Craig Jaquish says:

    Realizing we re parochial and understanding what we re ignoring is different than being parochial while suspecting we re fairly cosmopolitan Ethan Zuckerman makes a convincing case that our media exposure is far less diverse than we would think and that the Internet might even be fortifying our parochial tendencies.While it seems there s nothing left on store shelves that isn t made in China, Zuckerman points out that fewer than three percent of US consumer spending goes to Chinese goods We re in the midst of a global immigration crisis, yet immigration rates peaked before WWII Exports account for just twenty percent of global production, and only three percent of books in the US come from international authors J.K Rowling factors into this figure Despite what Thomas Friedman says, the world is not yet flat Now that we re globalized We permit him too much even in his premise.Ethan Zuckerman is curious about why our media attention ends up where it does He points out that the proportion of news dedicated to international stories these days is less than it was decades ago So while we re no longer at the complete mercy of the news outlets and freer to track news down for ourselves online, somehow less of it crosses our borders Interestingly this is a global phenomenon and not just an American one so it seems like only an incremental improvement towards cosmopolitanism is necessary to make USA number one.I was fairly surprised that our exposure to international cov...

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