Monday, January 23, 2006

Lending Brian a connected hand

Brian Lamb of Abject Learning fame has put out the humble plea for assistance in proving the value of social connectedness in blogging (et al). So, I thought I'd jump on the opportunity to work a bit with Brian and add my response to his pretty hard questions:
  • What is most significant about the emergence of blogs and/or wikis?
The growth of a creative class
  • In your mind, what is most misunderstood (or little understood) about these tools?
The interconnectedness of it all and the long term benefits to engaged individuals
  • Are blogs and wikis evolving into something else?
Certainly! Just as when they become popular in 2004 and we saw an amazing array of creative interpretations (as well as a hell of a lot of basic, bland, low brow). Now, with the convergence and accessibility of technologies like mobile phones, images, audio and video - not to mention ready made widgets to add to ones blog - individual blogs are becoming a lot more media rich with vast depth in content and interconnectedness. Of course this will sprout yet another round of innovation and creative interpretations on established norms.
  • What are the implications of these publishing tools on ideas, public opinion and free speech?
A French revolution perhaps (printing press). A 'silent majority'. A class of people at odds with their local and national governments due to a deep chasm known as the digital disconnect.
  • What are a few of your essential blog reads or wiki communities?
It ebbs and flows. But I must say, that in the 14 months I have been blogging, I have witnessed a radical increase in the local (Australian/New Zealand) use of the technologies. As a result, I am finding myself reading less and less of what has been a very North American perspective, and reading more and more of my local network has to say.
  • Anything else?
I think your shout out for participation in this feedback/proof of social networking is an excellent and simple demonstration of what you are trying to show Brian. Good luck, and good on you for opening your floor up like this. Good luck.

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