Week 6, Networked Individuality, discussion points

On Monday, we talked about the underlying structure of social networks and the trends that brought about the Social Network Revolution. For our discussion in class….

  • Why did the Social Network Revolution emerge? What made it possible, and what followed as a result?
  • In “The Face of Facebook,” Jose Antonio Vargas quotes Chris Cox, Facebook’s vice-president of product, who says, “Getting there first is not what it’s all about. What matters always is execution. Always.” How might you read Facebook’s pursuit of success and the ends to which Zuckerberg, his employees, his shareholders, his funders and his employees might go to get there?
  • Who succeeds when a major social network platform succeeds? And what happens when they fail?