Paradox of Social Portals

Paradox of Social Portals

Bill Davey (RMIT University, Australia) and Arthur Tatnall (Victoria University, Australia)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 5
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-989-2.ch114
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Abstract

An individual or group can create a portal with very little funds and no need or approval from any authority. This produces an interesting paradoxical impact on the social fabric: a portal can be used to overcome tyranny, or lend power to a fanatical mob. A portal can also be used to provide instant free medical advice or to cater to the hypochondria latent in all of us.

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