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Virtual fashion : tracking and analyzing cultural dispersion on the World Wide Web

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dc.contributor.advisor Judith S. Donath. en_US
dc.contributor.author Chiou, Ta-gang, 1976- en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. Program In Media Arts and Sciences. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-23T14:15:08Z
dc.date.available 2011-02-23T14:15:08Z
dc.date.copyright 2000 en_US
dc.date.issued 2000 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/61114
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Planning, Program in Media Arts and Sciences, 2000. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 82-85). en_US
dc.description.abstract In the real world, people clothe themselves in garments whose cut and design encodes information about their social identity. This encoding changes temporally as the design spreads throughout a population: this is the basis of "fashion." A similar sense of fashion has emerged on the World Wide Web (WWW), as people embellish their homesites with links, pictures, and other objects that exhibit similar patterns of dispersion. I have developed tools and algorithms for tracking and analyzing this "virtual fashion." The initial approach is to examine a set of selected homesites each week and track the spread of links. By developing a system for collecting and analyzing the data, this research provides both macro and micro readings of the phenomenon of virtual fashion. The system shows what is popular, ways that things are related, and what is emerging online. I also use data collected by the system to think about existing social theories of fashion and see how they may help develop models of virtual fashion. This research helps people further understand how the WWW functions as a social environment. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility Ta-gang Chiou. en_US
dc.format.extent 85 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582 en_US
dc.subject Architecture. Program In Media Arts and Sciences. en_US
dc.title Virtual fashion : tracking and analyzing cultural dispersion on the World Wide Web en_US
dc.title.alternative Virtual fashion : tracking and analyzing cultural dispersion on the WWW en_US
dc.title.alternative Cultural dispersion on the World Wide Web en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. Program In Media Arts and Sciences. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 47934474 en_US


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