[Air-L] Networked individuals in pop culture (fwd)

Barry Wellman wellman at chass.utoronto.ca
Thu Jun 4 11:26:39 PDT 2009

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Lee Rainie and I are writing a book, Networked, for MIT Press. It's about
Networked Individualism: the swing to people operating their own networks,
in part via the Internet and mobile communciation.

We'd love your help in coming up with iconic figures. The stimulus list is
below, but be creative.

Partial responses would be great. THis is not a pass/fail quiz.

We'll circulate the good ones, though, when we're done.

Responses should go to both Lee and me.
lrainie at pewinternet.org
 Barry Wellman

  S.D. Clark Professor of Sociology, FRSC               NetLab Director
  Department of Sociology                  725 Spadina Avenue, Room 388
  University of Toronto   Toronto Canada M5S 2J4   twitter:barrywellman
  http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~wellman             fax:+1-416-978-3963
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Let's conjure figures in contemporary fiction who
would be iconic Networked Individuals. Same for movies. Same for
music. Same for TV shows. Same for non-fiction. We would like to
sprinkle references throughout the book to pop culture figures and/or
pop culture episodes that EVERYONE would recognize as emblematic of the
new age of Networked Individualism.

> Who is the Oprah (cultural icon) of NI?

> Who's the Augie March?

> Who's the Willie Loman?

> Who's the John Cheever/John Updike character?

> Who's the Dylan-like balladeer of NI?

> Which Neil Simon/Harold Pinter play embraces NI?

> Who's the Dirty Harry/Jack Ryan of Networked Individualism?

> Thanks,

> Lee

> Director
> Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
> 1615 L Street NW - Suite 700
> Washington, D.C. 20036
> 202-419-4510
> Website: http://www.pewinternet.org
> Twitter: http://twitter.com/lrainie

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