This week we’re joined by Talia Stroud, Director of the Center for Media Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin, and Eli Pariser, formerly of Upworthy and MoveOn and author of The Filter Bubble, to talk about their latest project, Civic Signals/New Public. After several rounds of conversation on “what’s wrong with social media and how can we fix it?” Talia and Eli started Civic Signals to try to fill the gap between necessary critiques of our current online spaces and creating digital environments that we want to inhabit. By looking across disciplines and off-line equivalents to our online spaces, they are working to create a community to collectively build an evolving design framework for online public spaces. Eli and Talia take us through their approach, methods, and findings so far – and how they’ve doubled down on this work during the pandemic. Finally, we go on a deep dive of the first of the four essential “building blocks” they’ve found that make digital spaces work for people across multiple lived experiences: Welcome.
Check back soon for a full transcript of this episode!
Here are some of the references from this episode, for those who want to dig a little deeper:
Civic Signals’ evolving New Public Framework
Early thinking on establishing norms in online spaces: Julian Dibbell – A Rape in Cyberspace
A Pattern Language (1977 – “the intimacy gradient”)
A hyper-local online community: Front Porch Forum (Vermont)
The Social Dilemma (documentary)
Antitrust law and the “Ma Bell” breakup
Check out these previous episodes we mentioned:
Episode 75: Play as a Precursor to Participation, with Reanne Estrada and Benjamin Stokes
Episode 45: “Radicalized” with Cory Doctorow
Episode 56: Exploring Virtual Communities with Howard Rheingold and Patricia G. Lange
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