Earlier in the class of Comm506 of MACT program, we talked about the switch of the “capital” in cyber age, we draw a conclusion that the capital is becoming more intelligence oriented. Through the whole class, we learned a lot about how to add “values” to our social networks, e.g., through generosity, through adding links, and through connecting different social networks, in order to increase our social capital.
However, social capital can be negative. It does not happen only in the cyberspace. For example, the singer Whitney Huston died because of her negative social capital. She got addicted to drugs because of her boyfriend, and died of diseases resulting from the addiction.
For me, the negativeness and postiveness of social capital between dyads always happen at the same time, and it all depends on which perspective is the observer standing. The social capital always involves a trade-off and a balance process.
The negativeness of the social capital in cyberspace is easy to be ignored because the interactions are indirect, or sometimes, people feel it indirect. I do not think it is easy to generate a guideline on how to maximize the positeveness and avoid negativeness. However, I think it should be similar to the real life because cyber life is part of our life, not a completely new separate space requiring another set of etiquettes.
Maybe it is better to put it in a simple way: keep your mind open, and do not forget to keep your eyes open.