Social Spaces on the Internet
Fall 2018


Signals of Status
Assignment 6

Read

1.  Eric Gilbert.  Phrases That Signal Workplace Hierarchy.  CSCW12.
2.  Feltovich, Nick, Rick Harbaugh, and Ted To. Too Cool for School: Signalling and Countersignaling. RAND Journal of Economics 33, no. 4. 2002.
3. Duncan J. Watts and Peter Sheridan Dodds. Influentials, Networks, and Public Opinion Formation. Journal of Consumer Research
Vol. 34, No. 4 (December 2007).
4.  Rollet. The odd reality of life under China's all-seeing credit score system. Wired. 2018.

Write up

This week's write up is more free-form.
1. Discuss 2 examples of countersignalling in online social media (in detail).
2. What cues may convey status online?  What are the costs of misrepresenting them?  Choose an online space (Facebook, Klout, Ravelry, personal forums, etc.) and describe. How does status differ from influence?
3. Discuss the mechanisms for hierarchy from reading 4 above. How might one appeal such a system? Describe a process.

Responses should be submitted via compass in PDF form. 

Late responses will not be accepted.


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