Senior Seminar I
October 27th, 2009
Thesis: To examine how the culture we were raised in effects the way we divulge our emotions in a social networking space, while bringing these emotions from the virtual space of Twitter back into a public and physical space.[
A. Social Networking Today
1. Socialism in networking
i. Photos, map locations, status updates via MySpace, Twitter, Facebook
ii. Review sites like Yelp, Loopt, Delicious.
2. Old socialism vs. new socialism chart (Kelly, 121)
B. Purpose of Social Networking
1. Easier to find groups of tailored interests online than in the real world. (Shirky, 196)
2. Different communities on the internet
1. How we determine how to react to situations ( Turner, 11)
2. Emotions and relationship to culture (Gordon, 32)
II. Heiferman and MeetUp in Relation with Twitter
1. Created by Scoot Heiferman along with principles of networking.
2. Matched group of people by affinity and proximity to find each other. (Shirky, 196)
3. Groups wanted to get together if coordination problem was solved. (Shirky, 196)
4. Large number of users required, the harder it is to get going. (Shirky, 263)
1. Limited to sharing 140 characters used for staying connected not necessarily networked.
2. Users defined Twitter, not Twitter defining users (Levy, 149).
a. Relationship to socialism
b. Relationship to networking fundamentals
3. Twitter opened up to software developers which allowed people to build their own applications and services (Levy, 149).
a. Outsiders enhanced Twitter by linking to pictures or video (Levy, 149).
b. Twitter led to a boom in URL shortening services (Levy, 149).
c. Twitter’s continued success and relationship to Heiferman’s principles
1. Twitter still remains personal through open source and created content.
2. Building off of Heiferman and Shirky’s theories on networking.
3. Re-defining what people want in networking today.
III. Origins of Emotions in Culture
A.Members of a society learn from others vocabulary, responses, and relationships (Gordon, 31).
1.Emotions arise not only from immediacy of a situation but also from history of interaction as evolved in the past and from perceived concepts of the future (Gordon, 31).
2.Sociological approach sees both psychological forces (inner experience and feelings) and social forces (culture) (Gordon, 31).
Relate to why we post certain feeling online to receive some sort of reaction.
B. Orientations of Emotion in Culture
a. Peoples sense of who they are becomes evident in actions calculated to be in conformity with norms (Gordon, 32).
b. Emotions where the person in full control of their feelings and expression and behaves in ways that satisfies the norms (Gordon, 32).
a. Persons see self as revealed in more spontaneous actions that may disregard normative expectations (Gordon, 32).
b. Uninhibited expressions of emotion that are free of institutional norms and conventions (Gordon, 32).
3. Chart that explains difference between impulsive and institutional emotions (Gordon, 33).
4. Controlling whether we display our impulsive or institutional emotions can veal one’s true self (Gordon,34).
IV. Similar Artists and Inspiration
A. Jonathan Harris – “We Feel Fine”
1. Project harvests the phrase “I Feel” or “I am feeling” from internet blogs which saves them in a database, then run in a Java applet online.
a. Each dot represents a single person’s feelings.
b. Color of the dot relates to type of feeling (happy/sad).
c. Diameter of the dot is the length of the phrase.
2. Explores human emotion based on demographic, age, gender, and weather.
3. Visual aides.
B. Aram Bartholl and V2_Labs –“Loud Tweets”
1. One project in a series of four wearable speech bubbles.
2. Investigates the deeper role in the absence of physical proximity between exchanges of Twitter users.
3. LED name badge programmed by three buttons to display 255 characters as a scrolling message.
4. Through Arduino, the display receives the latest Twitter message of the user.
5. Visual aides.
C. Leah Buechley-“Turn Signal Jacket”
1. Tutorial on how to create a jacket with turn signals that blink like a turn signal on a car.
2. Using a LilyPad Arduino, conductive thread, and LilyPad LED’s, user has a wearable e-textile for everyday use.
3. Visual aides.