Saturday, November 10, 2007

The Debate: Is Facebook a Fad?

Canadian broadcaster TV Ontario has a streaming video of their "The Agenda - with Steve Paikin" show online that deals with facebook, the social networking site.
It's called "The Debate: Is Facebook a Fad?" and you can watch it for free online. As it is the second part of the show you will have to go through a segment about the satisfaction and stigma of swearing with Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker.

Episode page:

Streaming video of the show:

Participants of the show are:

- Nancy Baym, a faculty member in Communication Studies at the University of Kansas, and author of Tune In, Log On: Soaps, Fandom, and Online Community.
Read her full biography at

- Mark Evans, a technology reporter, and director of community with PlanetEye Inc.
Read his Blog at:

- Jesse Hirsh, a technology analyst.
His web site is

- Mathew Ingram, he has been writing about business and technology for The Globe and Mail since 1991, and has been a Blogger and columnist for since the site launched in 2000.
Read his Blog: Ingram 2.0.

- Om Malik, a senior writer for Business 2.0 magazine in San Francisco.
Read his full biography at

You might also be interested in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication's article The Benefits of Facebook "Friends:" Social Capital and College Students' Use of Online Social Network Sites

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