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Philosophical Meanderings

connect ed

A lot went on in my head last week. Hold tight.
Ignore the following and just take a look at what resulted from it: connect ed
My friend Chad started a great conversation here. I believe he is especially spot on when he says:
but our kids need an ocean of information into which they can dive and from which they can drink in huge, slurping gulps that look somehow vulgar or excessive to us.

I’m reading Clay Shirky’s Cognitive Surplus. (I thought his TED on it was enough. Silly me. There’s so much I needed to hear from the book.) When he talks about the mad cow protest in Seoul, where the teenage girls took over, he quotes Mimi Ito, and I’m going to blatantly quote it all here, it’s that huge:
Their participation in the protests was grounded less in the concrete conditions of their everyday lives, and more in their solidarity with a shared media fandom… Although so much of what kids are doing online may look trivial and frivolous, what they are doing is building the capacity to connect, to communicate, and ultimately, to mobilize. From Pokemon to massive political protests, what’s distinctive about this historical moment and today’s rising generation is not only a distinct form of media expression, but how this expression is tied to social action.
Shirky goes on to say:
Digital tools were critical to coordinating human contact and real-world activity.. when communications tools are in new hands, they take on new characteristics.
and earlier Shirky writes:
During the protests in South Korea, though, media stopped being just a source of information and became a locus of coordination as well.
The atomization of social life in the twentieth century left us so far removed from participatory culture that when it came back, we needed the phrase “participatory culture” to describe it.

My friend Ian, posted this, and I think that it approaches what tech through the web is trying to provide for us.
Intimate conversation with any gathering, anyone, anywhere, at any time.
I think we are approaching a dimensionality in our conversations we’ve not yet experienced. One where we not only come together per passion, but also in grace and deep respect. One where more can be said, because in our new found security of intimate community, we spend less time with defense. (… ) so more can be understood. one where less needs to be said, because more is understood. (… )
I’m wondering how deep we can take this.
I’m wondering with our new abilities with web connections, do we even need measurement?..
Does conversation trump and change everything?
is now the work – we used to go to 9-5 – to get our monetary reward…
the work of being a part of something?
Steve’s and Michael’s work (my fav so far) seem to be innately lobbying for value and validation of tacit knowledge, over standardized tests, etc.
They both appear to have started their projects as a means to project student voice. And as per usual, student voice is filled with honesty, innovation and insight we often miss.
Students are sharing how they learn. They are sharing what matters most. They are sharing what indwells in them, or, in many of the videos, that which doesn’t indwell in them.
To me.. this is a call out for free space where indwelling in experience is not only allowed but hailed and facilitated. And where creativity abounds in ways to expose that experience, that tacit knowledge.
I also think JR’s project could poignantly promote more student voice in communities, more conversations, more sharing of story.
I believe Chad’s suffocation is serving us well. I think it’s zooming us out, back to ourselves, back community, back to humanity. We need some tech savvy’s to hurry along what i believe tech wants: Intimate conversation with any gathering, anyone, anywhere, at any time.
I also finally shipped – how to be a mentor/facilitator.
in memory..

About monika hardy

experimenting with the intersection of city and school.


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