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Introverts are people who do not generally demonstrate an enthusiastic social appetite. Most Internet interfaces and applications assume a voluntary and natural tendency for social bonding and seem to reward behaviour that fits these assumptions. What is our understanding of people who would broadly identify themselves as introverts? Can this inquiry inform our design efforts and guide us in reconceptualizing ways of working?
This forum will try to understand the position of the introvert and their actions. How do the questions of access and representation in context of attention reconcile with our desire to sometimes be quiet? Being quiet, because silence is comfortable, there are things that need to be said, but only if we remember or because it is necessary to speak, write. Being as introverted as we choose to be. Without a need for attention. If we are to understand the attention economy of the web as it exists and as it is being shaped, understanding the invisible -the shadow-players in the system- is crucial. How can we measure and value actions that might never have been done? Would the systems, design paradigms and business models we take for granted, change with a better understanding of the introverts? Is it possible to strike a balance between showing and hiding, between spectacle and subtlety, privacy and transparency?
Known to be the "great disinhibitor," a zone which sees people expressing more openly, the Internet also sees a lot of role-reversal. People who need more diverse tangible and sensory cues to start talking or those who are more comfortable talking to people they know and can count might actually be clamming up. People who are asocial or are considered social misfits on the other hand might be riding the "disinhibition wave" happily.
1.Designing communities which are not centred on expression and an invitation to contribute. Which could be more synchronised ways for a collective experience of community to happen.
2.Conceptualize how we can communicate ideas effectively with non-lingual cues, is it about being more tuned and sensitive or about using high-technology to extend our senses?
3.In the "networked jungle" of now - what is the optimal size of a community to feel intimate and still have the richness of diversity?
4.We all know that apparently "information wants to be free," but what about the information that doesn't want to be free, are we willing to imagine "introverted data"?
SOME SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:
1.Tag blogs of people you know are introverted with "news,intrvrtd" at delicious.com.
NOTES: Commenters are encouraged to think beyond text-based comments for this forum. Video comments would be sweet. You can just upload at youtube and paste the link here.
CONFIRMED AND INTERESTED PARTICIPANTS (alphabatical): Navras Jat Afreedi, Beatrice Catanzaro, Uma Chandru, Shruti Chamaria, Abhishek Hazra, Priyanka Kodikal, Sophea Lerner, Namrata Mehta, Nisha Nair, Manjushree, Sharmila Sagara, Nirali Shah, Kaustubh Srikanth, Akshay Surve, Neha Vishwanathan, Yashas Shetty, Noora Zul You can join the conversation by posting text or video comments to this post.If you choose to be anonymous, that's fine.