Do You Have A Social Life?

April 16, 2011 § 2 Comments

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A little game I used to play with my roomates during college, loose word association. Pick a topic say the first word that comes to mind. Usually this game ends up going something like, fish, water, glass, tap, knock, knockout, punch, boxing Muhammad Ali, civil rights …. you get the idea quit tangential. I tried to use this same concept but a bit more strict to describe social media. Keeping some logic and order to my feelings about different social medias. Whatcha think?


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§ 2 Responses to Do You Have A Social Life?

  • I enjoyed reading this thoughtful book, which evaluates and analyzes the role of technology in a balanced social context. I learned to appreciate a different perspective – a perspective where information technologies are placed in a balanced contextual relationship to social values, and to human needs and relationships. Other books I have read survey technology from the standpoint of technological determinism, or as the book says, from the standpoint of the “blinkered euphoria of the infoenthusiast.” This book is a good reading and it seeds deeper discussion and thought.Since I work in the field of distance learning, I found Chapter 5, “Learning – in Theory and in Practice,” Chapter 6, “Innovating Organization, Husbanding Knowledge,” Chapter 7 – “Reading the Background,” and Chapter 8, “Re-education,” particularly interesting and relevant. The authors identify three differences between information and knowledge: 1) knowledge usually entails a knower (the person who knows), 2) knowledge appears harder to detach (than information), and 3) knowledge requires assimilation. So these days, with all the talk about hot distance education trends and increasing on-line and other technology-mediated educational programming, we need to remain mindful of the need for technology-mediated programming to empower folks to learn, i.e., acquire and assimilate knowledge.I also appreciated Brown and Duguid’s insightful discussion regarding changes in higher education. It is true that an opportunity exists to provide greater access to higher education through the expanding use of information technologies. But, it is important to distinguish the current hype about distance learning from the reality of what really is currently available and accessible. The authors also draw distinctions between social distance and geographical distance and the dangers of polarization. I also agree that the goal should be access to higher education.

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