Bruce Schneier, the Chief Technology Officer at www.resilientsystems.com also pointed at media as a source of misperception “The news has to report terrorism – and the more breathless the reporting, the better,” Schneier, a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center, told The Media Line. The more journalists and politicians talk about terror the more the perception of its danger grows, he said, adding “we are all complicit in its effectiveness.”
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This shift has long been predicted – for example by Jonathan Zittrain in his book The Future of the Internet – and How to Stop It,
Mr. Battles’s “Palimpsest: A History of the Written Word” is in part an explanation of how it was possible for “a craft so sophisticated and cognitively demanding to knit itself securely into our quotidian ways.” To tell the story of the history of writing, the author, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, draws on evolutionary psychology, anthropology, linguistics and old-fashioned story telling. This fascinating exploration of the evolution of writing shows how, despite radical technological changes, the practice maintains its atavistic mystery.
Source: The Mystical Writing Pad – WSJ
That, says Judith Donath, a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society who studies social media and identity, is a real problem for young people.”There’s an enormous audience on social media, but it’s also when you see people face-to-face, you might see five people have heard something you know, thats basically the limit,” Donath said. “Online, it can extend in an infinite direction in both time and space.”
Don’t feel too bad if you fell for it. There are perfectly legit reasons why you and lots of others have, according to one expert. There’s lack of tech savvy, a little laziness, and a bit of paranoia at play, says Rey Junco, a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard. On top of that, everyone has a different level of “ego investment,” Junco said.
“The lack of that data had a significant effect on how people viewed the law enforcement system in this country, how do you hold that system accountable if you don’t know what it’s doing?” said Clarence Wardell, a Presidential Innovation Fellow and affiliate of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
“The academic in me says that discourse norms have shifted,” said Susan Benesch, a faculty associate at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the director of the Dangerous Speech Project, an effort to study speech that leads to violence. “It’s become so common to figuratively walk through garbage and violent imagery online that people have accepted it in a way. And it’s become so noisy that you have to shout more loudly, and more shockingly, to be heard.”