Category Archives: Cooperation

Is reputation obsolete?

Essay by Judith Donath. Continue the conversation on online reputation with Chris Dellarocas. In the past, most conversations were ephemeral: spoken words quickly slipped into the past, resurrected only if a listener later repeated them from memory. Today, many discussions and transactions live on indefinitely. Online conversations are often permanently archived and events in the […]

The Right to Communicate

Essay by Daithí Mac Síthigh, a response to Freedom of Listening, by Lewis Hyde Lewis Hyde’s thoughtful essay on network neutrality and the trials of 18th-century preachers-without-pulpits is a timely reminder that the issue of net neutrality is not one that should be the sole business of a small group of Internet activists and lobbyists. […]

Freedom of Listening: An Eighteenth Century Root for Net Neutrality

Essay by Lewis Hyde, with a response by Daithi Mac Sithigh In 1739 the Methodist minister George Whitefield arrived in Philadelphia to preach evangelical Protestantism. At first the local clergy shared their pulpits with the visitor, but soon they turned against him and forced him to deliver his message in the streets and fields. Benjamin […]

The Latent Community in Every Webpage

essay by Clay Shirky On a Monday morning in March of 2006, forty thousand students in southern California stunned teachers and administrators by walking out of school to protest HR4437, a bill in the US Congress that would have mandated a crackdown on US immigrant populations. The largely Latino student group had been inspired to […]