The challenge for us is in negotiating the relationship between network and hierarchy. Institutions embed and petrify power in structures which privilege particular groups. Networks tend to generate ‘mystics’ and ‘high priests’ who could, if they wished, operate without the balance hierarchical democracy can, but often doesn’t, bring. (A phenomenon I’ve seen occur within Connectivist courses). It’s complex, fascinating, and requires our immediate attention.
In a talk on Politics and Social Media http://daveowhite.com/politics-and-social-media/, David White unpacks some of the impacts digital techbology is having on power and society.