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The gift shift: what’s social about social media?

"Why is it that when we see an image like this one, we immediately assume that we are looking at people who are not engaged in a fulfilling social pursuit? Why do we devalue online social experiences?"

"Many people take completely the wrong perspective on online social experiences. They misunderstand the nature of these exchanges. It is no wonder that they take a poor view of them."

"Thinking about social media as a gift culture shifts our focus away from the specific contributions we make on social media to the ‘common pool’ of resources that multiple individuals contribute to creating. Every post, every tweet, every like and share is a gift that adds something to the common pool. It may be a modest gift. It may be ignored and washed away in the seas of information that surge across our browser windows. Nonetheless, by tweeting, posting, liking, commenting and sharing we are contributing to a common pool resource."

"Gift wisely if you care to dip into this pool on a regular basis. The commons suffers if we pollute it with junk."

http://philosophyforchange.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/the-gift-shift/
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Memories of Rowntree's. If ever you thought collectors were naff (I kind of did), this will change your mind. 

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With Bond films often overlooked come awards Season, Mark Kermode cites Skyfall winning Outstanding British Film, as the most significant win at the BAFTA's. Is the Bond franchise entering a new era? After Sam Mendes receiving critical and public acclaim and being somewhat cagey about his intentions to direct another Bond, Kermode here asks who else should be passed the helm for the next Bond epic.

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Richard Herring was half of the 90's comedy duo Lee & Herring, and was famous back then from the sketch shows This Morning With Richard Not Judy and Fist of Fun. These days he's better known for roaming the country sporting a 'Hitler Moustache,' just to see people's reactions - and in so doing generate material for a successful stand up show (now available on Netflix) - and for his podcasts and blogs. In this video however he talks about one of his other abiding 'passions' - his love for York City FC!

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