Response to Charlotte

July 10, 2009

After reading and commenting on Charlotte’s last post, I thought it interesting and relevant to continue the conversation by using my post here to bring attention to it. For all those unlikely to go back and read my commment to her post, I am reposting it below: (read her post first so what is below makes sense)

“Hi Charlotte Andrew, my name is Daniel and although we haven’t met yet I think we would have an interesting conversation. It would be circuitous and lovely that way, like there’s no destination per se, or no agenda to the conversation other than to talk and listen and understand a little more about how someone else sees the world and their place in it. I share some of your qualms about posting to the blog. Today is my day to post and I will but last month I was several days late. (I periodically read the blog, less often as there are less posts to read…) Having created several blogs for small groups of people in the past and watching them wither and die, I have fairly modest expectations about any blog, especially group ones. Passion in groups is usually concentrated in a few people and even that wanes. Certainly it is a different experience to see your friends on the street than to read what they write here but I still believe that this can be a meaningful place to share info. If I can venture an observation on why this blog hasn’t matured yet is that the initial purpose of it was vague at best so, like any endeavor it has suffered for that. I’ve chosen to treat every post as addressing a different goal and hoped it was interesting to a percentage of us. Don’t stop writing, please. This was the most relevant and meaningful post yet.”

So, two things for you to read, have you read them? Is this a conversation that you think is worth having? I do and I think there a both fascintating advantages and as-yet-unrealized dangers to the proliferation of the internet. I also think that therein is an issue with usability by contributors here as it is clear that some people are unfamiliar with the norms of blogging and the specific options available to them in WordPress that allow greater organization and flexibility.  So as to not beat a dead horse, I was wondering how others have specifically been reacting to the participation on this blog, it’s purpose in your life and any other relevant (or not) comments surrounding her post, my comment and so on.



ideas of social online collaboration

January 10, 2009

I believe my first post must address why it is that I am participating in this project and the potential I see in it’s success. This experiment in collaborative blogging is really more than meets the eye. Each participant here is being generous with their participation and I think the expectation that the next person will be as generous with themselves, their time and their consideration as I am accounts in some part to why I am typing these words. The world is connected in ways that continue to absorb into our lives in surprising ways while at the same time making the gulfs between large populations loom in more noticeable and dangerous ways. We are sharers, but also editors & curators of information among ourselves and with whom we invite to listen in. Is what we’re engaging in social? It is certainly mediated through distant technologies, slower than real life but at the same time offers time to say/reflect/respond.

I encourage others to spend some time with the bright and engaging writing by Trebor Scholz at “Trebor Scholz is an artist, media theorist, and activist who divides his time between New York City, Buffalo and travel.” (his blog) Visit his “journalisms” section to read engaging blog posts and read over the “courses” section to get a sense of the dialogue being initiated in his classroom (go into the course websites – priceless info!) and also check out the “projects” section to see some of the beautiful collaborative work he’s done that really shine a critical light on how we gather together, organize information and utilize technology across disciplines.

I hope this blog can rise to be critical and enlightening, it can be art. Whatever it becomes, I’m excited to play a role.


daniel dean