Self-Organizing Social Behavior Occasioned By Low-Cost Communication Technology: The Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004
139 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2007
Date Written: June 26, 2007
Recent advances in information and communication technology have facilitated revolutionary change in the publishing technology available to individuals. Ubiquitous and low-cost access to the Internet has provided a means for a new type of news intermediary to emerge: citizen journalism using freely available weblog technology. A case study of the emergence of a self-organizing social entity - a dynamic virtual news network - following the 2004 South Asian tsunami is examined. An overview history of social thought on self-organizing social behavior is presented, along with a short economic history of three revolutionary communication technologies: movable-type printing, telegraphy and the Internet. Areas for further research are suggested.
Keywords: Self-organizing behavior, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Economics - Austrian, Economics - emergent, Economics - evolutionary, Economics - Heterodox, Economics - Institutional, Economics - Political aspects, Economics - Social, Economics - spontaneous order, Economics - tran
JEL Classification: O33, D89, B19, N70
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