Monthly Archives: October 2005

Reading Notes on Social Capital

Social capital seems to be a slippery term. I’m tempted to think of the term “civic society,” which would combine not only the health of social relations, expressed in a population’s reservoir of good neighborliness, with its sense of a … Continue reading

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Reading Notes on Niklas Luhmann’s Social Systems

Reading Notes: Social Systems and Niklas LuhmannThe complete pdf is available here Double contingency is a fact of meaning, and the domain in which social software must be situated is a meaning-based domain: each individual must come to understand what … Continue reading

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From User Practices to Social Practices

Designers like to establish who their users are before commencing with a system’s engineering and architecture, and for obvious reasons. Knowing one’s user is tantamount to knowing how one’s product or service will be used. And yet it’s impossible to … Continue reading

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