August 22, 2014
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21st century sociability Dateline: RIT, News hits, Podcasts

Web 2.0 . . . social computing . . . user-generated content . . . these are just a few of the terms bandied about to describe the collective rise of blogs, podcasts, wikis, peer-to-peer file sharing, and Web sites such as Facebook, MySpace, Wikipedia, YouTube and many more.

RIT is at the forefront in studying this phenomenon in its Lab for Social Computing. Communication professor and lab co-director Susan Barnes is directing a National Science Foundation-funded study looking into students’ online networking and “virtual communities”—which will lead to the creation of an undergraduate online course in social media to be offered in spring 2008.

Hear Barnes’ remarks about social networking and the course, and learn about a new social-networking Web site,, created by two RIT students, Josh Olin and Ian Paterson, on this week’s “Dateline: RIT – The Podcast.”

Plus, Kelly Downs has the latest from the 2007 RIT Big Shot, in Dubrovnik, Croatia; Bob Finnerty details this spring’s “hottest ticket” on campus; and Vienna Carvalho has News & Events highlights—all on the pod.

Have a great weekend (don’t forget to finish your taxes!).

  1. Sue Weisler
    Apr 16

    Mike--this is Social 2.0 Week at the RIT library, with free workshops all week on these topics.

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