Notes and Recommendations (from Phil Agre)

Set of unrelated mini-essays/opinions on cell phone use and innovative service models, rumormongering and amplification on the web, musicians and profit in the age of p2p, and three ways to look at institutions. They’re all worth reading, but skip to the last if you’re going to read just one. Here’s a summary:

Institutional discourses are dispersed across the programs, laws, and buildings into which they are inscribed, and then they are distributed among the many individuals who learn to use them. Institutions operate largely in a distributed fashion through the incentives that motivate their participants to pursue careers within them, and the unfolding career strategies they adopt.