Social impact of media

Irving Fang’s six information revolutions (1997) were often accompanied social change. These changes might have occurred quickly via revolution or slowly via gradual societal change, but where there was a desire, new mediums often became the tool for change. The history of media is also embedded within the context of the period’s politics, economics, and…

Mining the Past

An analysis of data can reveal the patterns that lie below a perceived cloud of unpredictability.  Six-months of anonymous cell phone activity from 100,000 users in a European country revealed that 75% of users traveled with a 20-mile area, with half of users mostly staying within a 6-mile radius.  They also found that most users…