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My broad theory at the moment:
Citizen X is us, whenever we act as information repeaters instead of as responders.

The Evoke network is about using information and connections to organize intelligent, effective responses to crises.

Citizen X is about exploiting access to information for (anonymous) glory.

From this week's episode, it appears that:
1. The Citizen X community is interested in any information that others might value--celebrity gossip, credit card numbers, actual citizen journalism
2. The Citizen X community runs through some kind of online network for rebroadcasting information
3. They value anonymity
4. There doesn't appear to be any overlap between their usernames and Evoke usernames... Yet! And that might be a function of the 24-36 hour refresh delay on member/post searches.

Here are the names we've seen-- Did I miss any?


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Comment by Brian Ballsun-Stanton on March 18, 2010 at 2:22am
I actually disagree. Repeaters are useful if they act as a filter. Curators are one of the new cla**** of expertise. On the other hand, people who decrease the signal-to-noise ratio should be blocked as spam and dismissed. (Which is why I don't consume modern newsmedia in any kind of traditional format. There's no signal.)
Comment by Wasserperson on March 18, 2010 at 2:40am
Brian: I agree with your disagreement. Curating is helpful, and is a step beyond the "dittohead" rebroadcasting I'm describing.
Comment by Matthew Reinbold on March 18, 2010 at 3:28am
The line "Citizen X is us, whenever we act as information repeaters instead of as responders" is a great one but (as others have mentioned) not entirely true. For example, the Amber Alert system often has its bulletins immediately rebroadcast ver batim across twitter, facebook, etc. The goal is network saturation for broadest possible surveillance.

But I wh***heartedly agree that the information that CX thrives on is the most superficial type. Rather than exchanging data which can be used to build long term value CX seems to be propagating that which appeals to the worst in human nature.

Let's flip this - I've got my own ideas but I'd love to hear what the rest of the group thinks. If Evoke is such a good an worthwhile force for good why wouldn't they want their efforts made known? Wouldn't some positive press open up more opportunities for them? Couldn't they further their agenda better if their brand is known?
Comment by Brian Ballsun-Stanton on March 18, 2010 at 3:37am
@Matthew Nope. It's the freemason thing. If you're doing your works for public acclaim, then you get gloryhounds instead of doing good works. There are disadvantages, of course, but the secrecy seems reasonable. Furthermore, the 50% of profits thing (that people don't get) is that the network is taking 50% of net, not gross. That's standard for the industry. "If we save you money, you pay us half of what we save you."
Comment by Matthew Reinbold on March 18, 2010 at 4:51am

Yep, agreed about the gloryhound thing. Also, not sure how many people caught the line in episode 3 about "be sure to re-invest in the network". In other words they're not stashing cash for condos and speed boats. The money is put back into enabling all those international plane flights and cube satellites.


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