Anyone know Davion Roger's status with the team, he is still going to school at UM and his updated fb profile pic is in his practice jersey and helmet. I would post it if I knew how.
Last I heard (approximately three weeks ago), was that he is officially off the team.
That is super creepy.
Facebook, another form of social control. I wonder what Foucault would write about the medium if he were still alive?
Probably something pretentious and French.
He'd stick with prisons, panopticon, the advantages of dilithium.
I'm using Foucault to look at the reinforcement/destruction of hegemonic systems via computer-mediated communication. IOW I'm looking at how social media either destroys archaic power-structures or reinforces them... Preliminary results... reinforcement and big time.
I'm going back to Minesweeper.
But a large portion of Social Media power is derived from the quality/popularity of content provided (I.E. - MGoBlog). It's much harder to marshal people to your service and your cause with no product to offer.
Archaic power structures were all based not in service provided, but in nepotism and a person's power base and ability to rule by force. Since the earliest times, kings and dictators came to be because they could kick your butt, not because they offered the best choice for government.
that said, I have no idea how Foucault plays into that, and it doesn't account for "fringe" power groups like /b/, which maintain a power base through attacks on others. But you can bet if the content on /b/ didn't appeal to the 13 year old script kiddie, it wouldn't last.
Right. I thought going into this project that maybe there was hope for change.However, the old power structures are just being reinforced through social media. And the outsider groups who want to disrupt these systems follow a path that is unfortunate:
1. They go viral and get followers preaching about begining outside the current power structure.
2. They get bigger and have to figure out how to manage their size so they
a. don't manage it at all and fold,
b. get bought out by one of the old dogs and in turn become what they were fighting against in the first place, or
c. follow the old dog model of heirarchy and become the old dogs anyway.
So basically, power structures are so embedded into our culture (and how we're enculturated from birth) that we cannot break out of these structures because we are not innovative enough to think of different ways to do things... Of course, I hope there are some exceptions.
I'm not surprised at all.
I'll give you a nice example. I was on the board for a metro-Detroit volunteer organization called Volunteer Impact. This group was formed in the '70s to basically get people who want to volunteer together with groups who needed volunteers. It was essentially an ad-hoc social network for volunteers.
Last year we closed our books and shut down shop, passing our major programs on to other organizations. Facebook and volunteermatch.org and United Way do 90 percent of what we did 1,000 times better.
This seems deconstructionist, right?
Except if you look at volunteerism in Detroit, it's got a hundred times as many participants today. If a church needs 25 volunteers, rather than call us and have us put it in the newsletter, they put it on their Facebook page, and they get 30 people. The only thing missing is the expertise on programming, but the individuals who have that expertise haven't gone anywhere -- everyone just went to different organizations: Summer in the City, Time to Help,
Anyway, the ladies who started this group in the '70s will tell you social networks ruined what they do. Well, yes, the phone tree is dead, but the mission has never been stronger.
Not Steve Foucault, marginal pitcher for the Tigers in the late 70s, right?
could he still attend UM, do well and then play football? If so, my guess is that's what he's doing.
And the first Foucault reference on MGoBlog!
My, we are a literate band of brothers!
I suspect he would write about power and ANGAR.
Oh, and the fact that we should rush the passer.
...enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts
This does not seem coincidental.
That made my brain hurt.