Distributed sexuality

Thundercat’s Seduction Lair: High School Sexual Networking:

Interesting: There is no center in high school sexual networks?

“We went into this study believing we would find a core model, with a small group of people who are sexually active,” Moody said. “We were surprised to find a very different kind of network.”

Based on research I’ve been doing (soon, soon, it will be revealed) there is no “center” in densely networked communities. Instead there are many active nodes in a network, but each is active selectively not consistently. With teen sex, you see that the network is weakly linked but very active.

It also depends on how you frame the network you’re looking at. If you didn’t create constraints, networks would seem to go on forever. Context is the active ingredient in the human agency that defines the shape and flow of network activity. You can see from the map below that one node can be presented as a center, but that there are many centers connected by dense traffic. More on the map soon.

Journalism is as journalism does

Jeff Jarvis says anyone can be a journalist and I agree that anyone can, or could even before the blogosphere came along. After all, where do we think journos come from, special wombs filled with ink?

The professionalization of journalism is a problem because it has erected an arbitrary credentials-based pedestal on which a few people have been placed or attempted to climb up to themselves. With civic journalism sites, people can publish in an organized venue for information and debate about public policy or they can report the news from their own sites. The practice of objectivity and the rules of attribution, featured on last night’s The West Wing (“They aren’t a journalist,” Toby Zeigler warns before his colleague speaks to a blogger “off the record”), is another thing entirely. What bloggers and journalists have in common is the ability to write. Playing according to the special rules of the game developed between journalists and their sources is another matter that, for better and mostly worse, defines a “journalist.”

If bloggers report the news without falling prey to the elaborate dance of attribution—just saying who told them what rather than hiding sources who more often than not should be on the record behind “sources said” attribution—it would probably be a vast improvement over today’s environment, in which journalists are part of the politics they cover without acknowledging it.

Everyone can learn a lesson or two

Scott Rosenberg on Bloggercon III makes excellent points about the conversational co-evolution of personal and professional writing and reporting:

What bloggers can teach the pros:

*How to blur the line between the personal and the professional — creatively

*How to improvise in real time

*How to have a conversation with the “people formerly known as readers”

*How to be humble — you don’t know everything!

What bloggers can learn from traditional journalists:

*the value of legwork

*the nature of accountability

*The positive aspects of editing

*How to be humble — you don’t know everything!

The conference avoided the “Is blogging journalism?” trope and explored how the idea of writing and what is worth paying attention to has changed from the time when something had to be between the covers of a magazine to be legitimate.