To make my life little easier, I went to the BLAWGS section of my bookmarks. This is where I put blogs that are law related, and were recommended (like an “[i]ndirect assessment of reputation occurs when one party relies on observations” as described in the Forming Social Networks of Trust to Incentivize Cooperation article) to me or that I came across, intending to read, but just not haven’t found the time to do so, in other words, the stuff on “the back burner”.
Alright, now it is time to stir the pots on the back burner . . .
First, I went to the LawLawLand Blog. This is a blog published by a very young looking entertainment lawyer in LA. It looks like he gets different attorneys from his firm to write about current issues in the practice area of entertainment law.
A cursory look at the site shows that it does not get a lot of commenting, so I figure, this may not be what I am looking for in relation to this assignment.
On the author side, it seems like the individual writers garner trust by posting a picture of themselves that is clickable and links to a bio with education information and career experience. The author’s phone number and email are also displayed.
On the surface this can be seen as an action that invites the reader to think “trust me, I am an expert.” But the above examples can also be seen as the authors exhibiting social capital by telling the readers “look at all the social currency I have.” Trust or social capital - I guess it depends on how you look at it.
Before dismissing the site outright, I saw one posting that got a few comments, I read it and BINGO – it was totally about a trust mechanism as described in Establishing Trust Management in an Open Source Collaborative Information Repository: An Emergency Response Information System Case Study.
Under the definitions of different communities put forth in the Massa article, the LawLawLand blog would be categorized as a opinion site. Massa lumps opinions with activities, but for this site, it is mostly opinions, maybe a little activity stuff. For example, one author tells about her personal Justin Bieber experiences while addressing copyright issues.
The discourse between the author and the commenting contributor illustrates “that trust is subjective because every individual makes his or her own decision to trust.”
Below are a couple of screenshots of the conversation.
First the commenting contributor takes the leap, and decides to trust:
"Long story short, yes the Beliebers committed a felony, but did their actions cause any harm and if they didn't should they be illegal."
Then the author builds on that trust:
“First, thank you for reading our blog, and an even bigger thank you for taking the time to comment. We always appreciate and encourage further discussion.”
This statement is building on the trust.
Then the commenting contributor reciprocates:
Thanks for responding to my comment. I really appreciate the open discourse as I feel that is the best way to truly understand an issue.”
This reciprocates and further builds on trust.
I think that was a pretty good example of a trust mechanism in action.
Now on to stir the next pot on the back burner….looking for examples of social capital…
I went to the Copyrights and Campaigns blog. This is a blog by Ben Sheffner. It does not look as fancy as LawLawLand but there is more a little more commenting happening with the posts. In addition, the right side panel is full of all kinds of social capital displays:
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT COPYRIGHTS & CAMPAIGNS
Top 100 law blogs of 2010 -- ABA Journal
Top 100 law blogs of 2009 -- ABA Journal
"Good legal reporting ... the best; it's not even close" -- Copycense
"always-insightful" -- THR, Esq.
"Interesting and new" -- How Appealing
"Must-read" -- Wired
"Always insightful" -- Exclusive Rights
"Very strong blog...just, you know, the facts...pretty intellectually honest" -- Hitsville
"Big time copyright supporter," "support[er] of copyright insanity" -- Techdirt
"From the dark side...prolific...interesting reads...insightful commentary you can’t find other places in the blogosphere...a just plain good read...the copyright equivalent of Grand Moff Tarkin." -- Arbitrary and Fanciful
"Running dog...point man for the content cartel...pretend[er of] disinterest...ruin[er of] real peoples' lives." -- Recording Industry vs. The People
Also to further show his awesomeness and huge amounts of social capital, his credentials are listed prominently. I guess this also establishes that he is worthy of our his social trust.
The one post I found that had several comments did not seem to have the “trust statements” described in A Survey of Trust Use and Modeling in Real Online Systems, but, there was a sense that the author was an expert rich with social capital.
In fact here is an example of the author making use of that trust/capitol and dispensing knowledge in a decidedly professorial style:
Hello Ben, Could you please do me a favor and explain this in layman's terms. I thought I understood, but then I read Matthew's comment which to me says the opposite. Can Harper still claim to be an innocent infringer? Randy
@Randy: The Fifth Circuit ruled that Harper cannot claim the "innocent infringer" defense because the record label plaintiffs had affixed proper notices on physical CDs embodying the works at issue. See 17 U.S.C. § 402(d) ("If a notice of copyright in the form and position specified by this section appears on the published phonorecord or phonorecords to which a defendant in a copyright infringement suit had access, then no weight shall be given to such a defendant’s interposition of a defense based on innocent infringement in mitigation of actual or statutory damages, except as provided in the last sentence of section 504."). The Supreme Court's refusal to hear the case leaves the Fifth Circuit's decision in place.
Now on to the subject of the FINAL PROJECT
Here are a couple of areas I an interested in:
1. Non-judicial forecloses
Question: How do people feel about non-judicial foreclosures, especially in Hawaii. And what are some concerns with the bills that are making their way through this current legislative session.
I would like to create a community to inform, mobilize, and gather information and experiences.
2. Informational Privacy
Question: How do people feel about the recent unanimous decision by the US Supreme court in NASA v Nelson et al, No. 09-530?
Again, I would like to create a community to inform, mobilize, and gather information and experiences.