Blog Roundup: Crowdsourcing, Product Placement and, of course, Barack Obama

The highlight of this past week at gnovis was our first post from Jason Turcotte, calling out the significance of Obama’s Web 2.0 presidency: “From his presidency on, Americans will come to expect superior communication and a more inclusive approach to governance.”

Jason joins us from the Media, Culture & Communication program at NYU, and will be contributing biweekly posts. We’re very excited to have him on board!

More from gnovis

  • Jed kicked off the week by reorienting the arrow of blame on the familiar old topic of privacy on Facebook: “As far as privacy goes, did Facebook screw up? Yes. Should they do better? Yes. Did we all ignore their terms of service? … Uh, yes.”
  • Margarita pondered crowdsourcing of the natural sciences and how this model of data gathering might alter our relationship to nature in the urban space.
  • Gladys, also from NYU, chipped in an analysis of TV product displacements: “Product displacements have the opportunity to flatter the intelligence of viewers, especially if they are parodic and satirical in nature.”

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Brad Weikel

Brad Weikel received his MA in Communication, Culture & Technology (CCT) from Georgetown University in 2009. His thesis, "From Coding to Community: Iteration, Abstraction, and Open Source Software Development" argued that programming practices, particularly iterative workflows and abstraction models, can help explain both the success and struggles of open source software. His work was a technocentric complement to prior explanations from economists, lawyers, and political and cultural theorists. While writing his thesis, Brad blogged about his topic at, where he has since continued blogging, more broudly, about collaborative production and the commons at large. Brad was Managing Editor of gnovis during the 2007/2008 and 2008/2009 school years, and Creative Director in 2006/2007. He is currently the Web & Communications Coordinator for EarthRights International.