Intro to Networked Collaboration

Jenkins/Hopkins readings week 2

These readings are getting to the crux of the idea for me. What is participation? The Hopkins gets to ideas about people expressing themselves and being driven to so do in groups (although quite abstractly).

This is an important one for me, and central to my reason to take this class and learn about these tools.

Can’t imagine a world where I couldn’t talk my head off with other like minded people (although I do know that such places do exist on the planet, and not too far from here).

Many of us relish exchange in today’s world it seems to me, and the growth of coastal cities over the last 30 yrs must attests to that urge in our young people to leave the interior. I just learned today that half the world’s inhabitants live on coasts (so at risk of melting ice and rising seas).  There is a good living to be made on coasts all over the world and the cities that form along them. Hopkins seems to make a case for it as a way to avoid mental illness as well. That is strong, and deep for another class.

Just the fact that there are so many stonewalls once built by Puritans and Libertarians all over colonial New England that find themselves now over-grown in the middle of woods and forests attests to the untenable nature of the misanthrope, and the otherwise self-isolating being living in a fixed ideology. They might be able to get away with it for a few generations, but eventually they’ve got to dive back into the fray!

But, I haven’t yet seen how these networked collaboration tools inspire or enable that kind of thing yet. We will see. I do like Hopkins for endeavoring to explain it from a psychological perspective.

Re: Jenkins, I want to find out more what people think about his statement (bottom of page 3 in my book) that each of us “constructs our own personal mythology from bits and fragments of information extracted from the media flow…”.

This is a fascinating statement to me.  Is that what we are doing every day? Extracting from the media flow?

I guess for me the ‘media flow’ is a catalyst, but it is usually layered over my own decades of reading and the messages and beliefs about identity and values from my family and communities growing up that may shape the personal mythology he refers to.  It may be true that media events are the catalyst for conversations with friends and associates throughout every day, and they do spur us on to discussion that helps us in many ways cement our plans, talks and alliances. But, these are always discussed through the filter of layers and layers of beliefs and value statements going on inside the head and heart. It is also the case that ‘media flow’ is also filtered through the layers and beliefs of those originating it too, which makes me wonder what my choices really are in all of this.

In my case, they are usually in response to books, messages about new books and provocative writers that come my way, or to news events reported on the radio that fuel real life conversations with associates and friends (and increasingly exchanges online but usually with existing friends).  These must get to me through some kind of ‘tagging’ explicit or otherwise that causes me to take notice of something in the airwaves or catch my fancy in scanning reading material online, or in print.

In my business, we are also responding mostly to trends and research that comes to us in some form of media or a real-life conference where I often learn about trends for the first time through a face-to-face speech, presentation, panel discussion, and Q&A. Trends are what inspire us to have conversations with our clients, and to initiate projects and pursue work. I have also been closely involved in the design research process of “making unconscious knowledge conscious” which really means extracting first hand information from people, drawing conclusions from it, and decided for myself what media to commit it to (often times choosing to keep it a trade secret). That may be a case where I am constructing my mythology or world view without the aid of ‘media flow’.

However, I am willing to concede that most personal mythology might be inspired from the ‘media flow’, despite my protestations of self-determination. If that is the case, what can I do to be change in all of this to address any concerns?


September 15, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. Interesting. I liked that quote from the reading. We all have different thought perspectives and life experiences that influence how we see and interpret the world around us. – Stacey

    Comment by scollins99 | September 18, 2008 | Reply

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