Tag Archives: readings

Readings on the Digital Divide

16 Apr

America’s digital divide closing with rise in smartphone use

Digital divide – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 Why one in five US adults don’t use the Internet

Intel Seeks to Bridge the Digital Divide with a Rugged Tablet PC

The new digital divide

Europe Takes Digital Lead; Divide Persists

‎ African Americans are more apt to blog than whites and Latinos

America’s Digital Divide: 37% of Low-Income Households Do Not Have 

Twitter Lecture Notes

21 Sep

Powerpoint (with links). Yummy yummy Twitter. Let’s have great discussion today, yes??

Twitter Powerpoint

Diffusion of Innovations Theory Notes (Powerpoint)

30 Aug

Diffusion of Innovations Theory Notes

…in case you REALLY don’t understand the Diffusion of Innovations…

30 Aug

Watch this video

Video: Frontline — Digital Nation: The Dumbest Generation?

26 Aug

Click here for the video, courtesy of PBS.

What is social media?

26 Aug

Social media is a phrase being tossed around a lot these days, but it can sometimes be difficult to answer the question of what is social media. If MySpace is a social media site, and Mag.nolia is a social media site, and Wikipedia is a social media site, then just what is social media?

Is it social networking?

Is it social bookmarking?

Is it wiki?

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Diffusion of innovations theory

26 Aug

Diffusion of Innovations is a theory of how, why, and at what rate new ideasand technology spread through cultures. The concept was first studied by the French sociologist Gabriel Tarde (1890) and by German and Austrian anthropologistssuch as Friedrich Ratzel and Leo Frobenius.[1] Its basic epidemiological or internal-influence form was formulated by H. Earl Pemberton[2], who provided examples of institutional diffusion such as postage stamps and compulsory school laws.

The publication of a study of Ryan and Gross on the diffusion of hybrid corn in Iowa[3]was the first sustainably visible contribution in a broader interest in innovations which was especially popularized by the textbook by Everett Rogers (1962), Diffusion of Innovations (Rogers 1962). He defines diffusion as “the process by which an innovation is communicated through certain channels over time among the members of a social system.” [1]

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