I happened to stumble upon these two articles on how klout is being used as a metric for hiring somebody as well as a metric for student grades. They were gut-wrenching and nauseating reads to say the least but I’m trying to wonder why? I understand the ”I need to tell them about this metric… If I didn’t do that I would be failing my students”argument but my initial reaction was a sheepish “yeaaaah….but…I feel there’s something missing.”
It didn’t actually hit me until I had a moment of wandering and an urge to check the Recent Changes at the UBC Wiki. The first page I saw was something about teaching critical media literacy. It’s a group course project for a Curriculum and Pedagogy class that includes a list of resources, lesson plans, videos, books to read and introduction to the topic. A list of all the groups and topics can be found here. I didn’t know what to expect, nobody was trying to sell me something, nobody’s trying to game the system, nobody was trying to make me listen to them because they want to be important. I just started to ask myself “What is this?” and thus with wikis, it becomes a rabbit hole journey that goes deeper and deeper.
There’s so much talk about needing to engage, needing to put yourself out there, creating “your personal brand”. *shivers* But what really got me hooked and understanding all these social tools is flickr. At first it was because I wanted to share photos with my friends and then I discovered I could pull photos into so many different places and then I saw this:
Ever since then, I wanted to challenge myself to TRY to be as good as Novak. I started to learn from what he shared and then I started to have conversations within
groups and communities. I have made flickr friends that I still know to this day and some I have lost. It wasn’t a big community but I treasured the little comments we had about each other’s photos and how we captured our lives. Those I’ve lost contact with still saddens me to this day.
I guess what I’m looking for is a balance between me and we, a balance between being intentional about things we share and creating space for serendipity. What made the interwebs terribly awesome (and sometimes downright frightening) is that stuff gets created just for the sake of getting created. There’s still a lot of that going on and I just want more of it.