Intro to Networked Collaboration

Convergence Culture

I use LinkedIn and use (but usually don’t post to) comments on Amazon, BestBuy, etc. LinkedIn is an incredible way to network for business — hugely convenient and saves a tremendous amount of time. I didn’t grow up with cellphones, e-mail, texting, Facebook, etc. It seems that the introduction of all of these is both a great advance, and yet in some ways a burden because we have the ability to be constantly connected. The benefit of being able to conduct business at anytime–anywhere, for instance must be significantly increasing our productivity, but aren’t we losing something in the process?Also, I think it’s fascinating to see the large number and wide range of web communities. I’m a gardener and there are forums on the most esoteric topics. Again, I think this presents positives and negatives. How great to be able to converse with someone, in England about ferns (if that’s what you’re into), but are we spending so much time communicating about ferns that we don’t have time to be out there planting them?

February 7, 2008 - Posted by | culture, social networking | , ,


  1. Tim- you may already have seen this, but have you checked out

    Regarding what you said about the “burden” of being constantly connected, there’s been an interesting discussion on the Institute of Distributed Creativity (iDC) list on the issue of information overload and partial attention. It’s sort of tangential, but interesting nevertheless.

    Comment by funksoup | February 10, 2008 | Reply

  2. Josephine– thanks for the suggestions. I was not familiar with It’s much cooler then the sites I’ve been visiting. BTW, sorry about making this a new post. I think I get it now.


    Comment by tim88 | February 11, 2008 | Reply

  3. Can you have numerous rhizomes within a single structure? Since a rhizome is unending, active, multiple plateaus, and a channel of many beginnings and ends, I wonder if it is possible to have more than one within a project. Where would one start and the other begin? When reading the Oosterhuis excerpt I was trying to figure out what exactly would be the rhizome, the hyperbodies within the network, the network as a whole, the building and all the computers that make up a particular network?

    It is very interesting thinking about the influence such a system could have on business as well as on everyday life and interactions. Businesses and organizations will be able to more conspicuously guide clients and customers to other related services and products. This will create circles upon circles of continuous applicable information, making it necessary for peope to be able to sort through information and resist overload.

    Comment by jennstar13 | February 11, 2008 | Reply

  4. There was a great article in the Times about a year ago regarding the difference between co-workers of different ages. It basically said that younger co-workers–essentially those for whom the internet, blackberrys, cell phones, etc, are a total way of life–have no problem bringing work home with them, doing it at the airport, on the train, on the cab on the way to the office, etc. And it’s incredibly true. The article mainly interviewed one person–a late 20-something male who works in publishing–and he said “My home is not sacred.” Bringing work home, or doing it outside of the office, is not a big deal for him, b/c he’s online/connected ALL THE TIME anyway.

    Comment by sophiefriedman | February 18, 2008 | Reply

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