Self-Organizing Social Behavior Occasioned By Low-Cost Communication Technology: The Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004

139 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2007

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Kirk Dameron

George Mason University - Department of Economics; Colorado State University - Department of Economics

Date Written: June 26, 2007

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Dameron, Kirk, Self-Organizing Social Behavior Occasioned By Low-Cost Communication Technology: The Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004 (June 26, 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1004415 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1004415

Kirk Dameron (Contact Author)

George Mason University - Department of Economics ( email )

4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States

Colorado State University - Department of Economics ( email )

Fort Collins, CO 80523-1771
United States

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