Word Spy Second Life solidarity: IBM faces first virtual picket IBM is a major investor in its presence in Second Life and was one of the first companies to set up a large presence there. Reports have estimated that is has spent $10 million on its Second Life facilities. IBM workers in Italy have been protesting over pay. They had asked for a salary increase of €60, plus improvements to pension and health rights, according to union representatives at IBM in Italy. Union official say that the company responded by cancelling a €1,000 per employee 'productive work benefit'. UNI, an international affiliation of trades unions that is backing the action, said that the dispute involves 9,000 workers and that it has spent the past few days training protesters in how to use Second Life. "We held training sessions until today allowing people to join Second Life and get protest kits for their avatars," Christine Revkin of UNI told OUT-LAW.COM. Revkin said that Second Life had been chosen because it was a place where IBM had been investing significantly.
Beyond Current Horizons : Community and CMC: the virtual absence of online communal being-ness | Technology, children, schools and families Send to a friend Download PDF Print friendly Abstract This paper proposes to examine the close relationship between the social sciences and offline interests (government, business, media, and all general non-CMC communities) as a key to investigating how the internet came to be what it is today. This paper seeks to understand why the discursive formation of ‘community of interest’ has come to dominate and shape the contemporary internet. Finally, it suggest ways in which a differently conceived CMC might encourage the internet’s rebirth as a genuine social and public space. Keywords: technology, IT, communication, community, society Full article Definitions: Two definitions of Community Studdert also argues that within this traditional sociological approach ‘community’ could never described inter-relationally or as a unity important unto itself. Simple entry and presence in CMC online (Etzioni and Etzioni, 1997)An activity in common (Wenger, 1984)Sociality (ie any social interaction at all)
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Journal of Experimental Social Psychology - The effects of linguistic abstraction on evaluations of the speaker in an intergroup context: Using the Linguistic Intergroup Bias makes you a good group member Abstract The purpose of the present research was to show that use of the Linguistic Intergroup Bias (LIB; Maass, Salvi, Arcuri, & Semin, 1989) is a normative behavior in intergroup contexts, in that it is a cue used to attribute social value to speakers. We hypothesized that a speaker using descriptions that are congruent with the LIB will be judged as a better group member than a speaker using reverse-LIB descriptions. Our first study indicated that people believe that a speaker should follow the LIB in order to be seen by others as a good group member. Two subsequent studies showed that a speaker who follows the LIB was judged as a better group member than a speaker who does not. Consistently across the three studies, the effects were weaker for descriptions of the speaker's outgroup than for descriptions of the speaker's ingroup. Highlights Keywords Language abstraction; Linguistic Intergroup Bias; Evaluation of the speaker; Group member evaluation; Social reactions
The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows B.L. Ochman's weblog: Internet marketing strategy, social media trends, news and commentary. Technology | Don't be 404, know the tech slang A study of new slang terms entering English finds that technology is driving and perpetuating them. For instance, "404" - the error message given when a browser cannot find a webpage - has come to mean "clueless". Slang lexicographer Jonathon Green says that some such terms and abbreviations come about because of the limited speed and space afforded by text messaging. However, an Australian study found that reading "textese" takes more time and results in more mistakes. A study conducted by the telecommunications arm of the Post Office has searched out the terms that are not yet in wide use but may be soon. "What we're seeing is the influence of technology coupled with current events and, inevitably of the young, who in many cases drive language," says Mr Green. "It's focused on this world of mobile phones - these abbreviations are perfectly suited to those little screens." Oyster pearls Other examples are simple abbreviations, the technologically driven equivalents of FYI or TBC. Hrd 2 rd
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Linguistic intergroup bias Linguistic Intergroup Bias is a model of stereotype maintenance. Definition Coined by Anne Maass and her colleagues, linguistic intergroup bias is a model of stereotype maintenance (Whitley & Kite, 2010). This model states that positive ingroup descriptions and negative outgroup descriptions are abstract and vague, while negative ingroup descriptions and positive outgroup descriptions are specific and observable. Research B. Interestingly, there were significant differences in responses of participants who saw the white man portrayed as the suspect rather than the black man: Participants said the white suspect “probably hurt the victims”. Recent research has identified a related linguistic effect in which counterstereotypical individuals are liked significantly less than stereotypical individuals when they are described using behaviours but significantly more when they are described using traits. See also References Jump up ^ Rubin, M., Paolini, S., & Crisp, R.
Grand dictionnaire terminologique Le grand dictionnaire terminologique (aussi appelé GDT) outil édité par l’Office québécois de la langue française, propose depuis le 7 juin 2012 une nouvelle version plus conviviale et efficace. Le grand dictionnaire terminologique est un service en ligne gratuit qui permet à tout internaute de consulter 3 millions de termes en français, en anglais (et nouvellement en espagnol, portugais ou italien) dans plus de 200 domaines d’activité notamment des termes techniques. Le principe du GDT : « Chaque fiche renseigne sur un concept lié à un domaine d’emploi spécialisé et présente les termes qui le désignent en français, en anglais et, parfois, dans d’autres langues. » Outil terminolinguistique de référence dans le monde depuis 35 ans, le grand dictionnaire terminologique est doté de nouvelles fonctionnalités :
Social Media Meet Logistics? | Zen of Digital Brand I regularly read (and endorse) SpringWise.com. But the editors have really surprised me lately with an apparent emerging theme: online social networking meets transportation. Articles have covered everything from social media sites to find taxi cab ride-sharers, to parcel package shipments addressed merely by twitter id#s, to facebook flight updates, to identifying fellow active twitterers in your airport. As social networking sites continue to expand beyond mere casual social contact into hubs of information, it makes sense that users would want to receive personal transportation and shipment updates while in-site. As email’s role as the primary online communication channel gives way to the robustness of social networking sites, the dynamic app capabilities of these sites offer infinite possibilities. Want more on what you read? Jake Aull | Marketing Strategy | Social Media | Digital & Creativeemail | @jakeaull | jakeaull.wordpress.com Like this: Like Loading...