In the book Teaching Crowds, Dron and Anderson unpack the different ways that people gather within online spaces. To do so, they focus on three key modes of learning:
- Groups: Distinct entities independent of membership, groups are structured around formal lines of authority. An example are the various learning management systems. Organised hierarchically, they do not allow for cross-system dissemination.
- Networks: Based on individual connections, networks evolve through interactions. Examples of such spaces are social network platforms, such as Facebook and LinkedIn. These spaces create the means easily sharing and connecting with others.
- Sets: Bound together by a commonality, with sets there are no expectations of personal engagement. Some examples of sets are social interest sites, such as Pinterest. Both of which provide means of easily finding similar ideas.
I was particularly taken by your discussion of newsletters and relationships.
perhaps the current failings of online interaction are partly behind the resurgence of email newsletters: people looking for a smaller, closer experience, something more contained and intimate rather than the usual mass broadcasting. As I have been saying for years, it is, or should be, about relationships not metrics.
I find that there is something in the friction of the newsletter and the longer form that is a reward if we are will to put in the time, willing to build the connection.
In regards to music, I have found myself itching to buy some new equipment to tinker with. I went a couple of times to a music store near work, as well as did some research, but have found myself wondering what tool I am after. I had a play with the Korg Minilogue and some other synths. Unsure, I have instead found myself returning to the instruments we already have, whether it be the iPad and the upright piano we were lucky enough to recently inherit (although it does need a tune.)
What if we are just a collection of thoughts and reactions and there is not an actual self sitting behind the thoughts. It’s quite a mind-fuck and goes against everything we tend to assume in our post-Descartes world — “I think, therefore I am.” Descartes argues, even if everything around us is a deception and our senses do not report reality, that our experience of our world, true or not, is real. Our perceptions and thoughts are ours and we can be certain that we exist because of them. Others, however, have gone on to say that just because thinking is occurring it doesn’t mean that it is being done by any given ‘I’.
I have been looking at getting a Volca Sampler 2 to compliment it and provide some rhythmic contrast. One of the issues I have is finding a power supply that would work for multiple Volcas. Just not sold on the cost of the Korg adaptor, especially when I would have to buy two. Wondering if you bought the official adaptor or if you are just running off batteries?
Add a directory of webmention authors using a short code – colin-walker/webmention-directory
class="u-in-reply-to" if I want the posts to show as a comment. As I still use the classic editor, I use the Post Editor Buttons pluginclass=”u-like-of” to add this in as an option.
Writing is my virtue: it is the right thing to do; it gives me strength, it provides the courage to say things, admit things, I might not without it.
But writing is also my vice. It is an obsession, all consuming, something that I can’t stop thinking about even when doing other things. It is a habit I cannot shake, one that I must live with, am more than willing to do so.
This is the trap we constantly find ourselves in: the need to get, gain, acquire. Instead, to be is literally just that: to be. Being better doesn’t require more, doesn’t require doing, it just just needs us to take a step back and assess, acknowledge, accept.
If doing results from being then great, but it doesn’t automatically make us better.
Still, one thing has changed, one hugely significant thing: I’m no longer trying to be a voice for the masses (that ship has well and truly sailed), no longer pretending that I could hold sway over any of this. Instead, I am just focusing on what’s best for me, how I can use the tools at my disposal (and that’s all they are) to have a presence I can be proud of, to work things out in my own mind.
Although I am happy to engage with the ‘social’ aspects, I have become more mindful of over-investing on what it might offer.
The more anxious we are, the more high-functioning we will make ourselves appear, which just encourages the world to lean on us more.