I just completed Clay Shirky‘s very interesting book, Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations (2008). Shirky analyzed how social media is changing the ability of people to organize for change without overlying administrative hierarchies – a change he sees as fundamental to society as the printing press. Wikipedia is a success not… Read more Here Comes Everybody…But When?
There was a very interesting article by Monica Hesse in the Washington Post this past Sunday entitled “Truth: Can You Handle It?” The article starts with a well-known witty saying attributed to Abraham Lincoln: “How many legs does a dog have, if you call a tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t… Read more Truth 2.0?
David Warlick was live blogging in David Gratton’s session, where he drew an interesting picture from Gene Smith of the features of social networks. David said: “The Internet has been about community all along, Usenet, forums, chat rooms, geocities Home page and webring and e-mail. To say that things have changed is wrong. What’s changed… Read more The Facets of Social Networks
Yesterday, I started my update of the educational blogs that I follow, noting that my initial post “Education Blogs” is still relevant. Those yesterday and today are listed alphabetically and not meant to denote priority order – I find all of them relevant, and there are a dozen others that I tried for awhile and… Read more Maturing Educational Reader (Pt 2)
My third post when I started blogging was a list and description of the 17 blogs I was routinely following via Google Reader. After three months of blogging, what I have found is that my view of the world has certainly expanded. Between Twitter, comments on these blogs and my own here, and new aggregations… Read more Maturing Educational Reader (Pt 1)
Stephen Downes had a fun post in the ongoing CD Cover Meme, wherein one takes three random websites – a title, a quote, and a picture – and combines them to make an album cover (and his is great). Here’s mine (really!!!): . . (Quoting from Stephen but Instructions from David Davies): 1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random The… Read more A Rainy Day’s Entertainment
Doing a Lunch and Learn session tomorrow on PLEs. At Jeff Nugent’s suggestion, I tailored it around my own journey this year in building my PLE. Having a little problem with SlideShare embed…so above is the presentation but click here to view. We will see which generates more conversation, my face-to-face session or this blog… Read more My PLE Journey
Michele Martin and others have suggested that we set aside the day after taxes are due as Blog Reader Appreciation Day. What a wonderful idea! As we travel down our personal roads, we often do not take the time to say THANKS! Writing a blog is an intensely personal thing, and yet, the support and… Read more My Appreciation for my Readers
My colleague Jeff Nugent just returned from a week of fly fishing in Western Virginia, including the story of the largest trout he had ever caught – an 18-incher on Mossy Creek (picture of fish here). However, what I “caught” today was an interesting metaphor associated with his forced disconnect from being online 24/7. He… Read more Catch and Release Twitter
I have started reading Clay Shirky’s book Here Comes Everybody this weekend. I am enjoying it, but my mind is buzzing with implications. He discusses how, in the same way that the printing press opened people’s minds and the telephone increased two-way communication, so has the new web applications altered how groups form and interact.… Read more The Double-Edged Sword