MAS 965 · Signalling identity
Instructor: Judith Donath

03.18 · Gossip and reputation



1. Please read the papers listed above. The Kollock is a good introduction to types of reputation systems, as is the optional Resnick paper. Hess and Hagen talk about gossip as informational warfare, Smith and Bird

2. Based on the readings, write an essay that addresses these questions:

When possible, frame the discussion in your essay in terms of signaling. What is reliable about different types of reputation?  When is gossip reliable? What makes it so - or not?

Please submit the URL of your essay by Tuesday evening.