Re: Technology and Community
- Thanks, Michael. The clip and blog post are both thought-provoking. The thought occurred to me as I read/watched that Americans, at least, often do not have the kind of first-life community Shane Hipps refers to, the community with a shared history. We move a lot, and we don't make friends easily (below the surface). It's easy to live on a street or in an apartment building and never get to know the majority of your neighbors (2 new families moved onto my street this year and I have yet to meet them! I am not proud of this.) To meet people, you often need a small child or a dog to walk. Of course, people who are active in a church have that community, but my own experiences (living in the same house for almost 30 years) is that it is easy to remain apart from the people who live in proximity to you. Maybe that is why many of us seek community online?
I also agree that for me, the most memorable moments of shared history with my webhead friends are the f2f encounters. And our sense of a shared idea of the future--teachers and students learning together and interacting through technology, plus the webhead ideal of exploring and helping each other to get there--are what bring us together as a community of practice.
My 2 cents,
----- In email@example.com, Michael Coghlan <michaelc@...> wrote:
> Hi everyone.
> While looking for material on technology and community a friend of
> mine pointed me to 2 very interesting resources from the Christian community:
> 1) a video by a guy called Shane Hipps at
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJkSJmvK7eg (just the first 2 minutes
> are relevant to this topic; ignore the reference to Christianity if
> you like. It makes little difference.)
> 2) a short blog post at
> talking about online community. There follows a mostly insightful
> series of comments about whether it's possible to form community
> online. The context is again Christian, but if you filter through
> this list of comments you'll find several perspectives of interest to
> Webheads. In short, are we a community? Personally, I'm not too
> fussed what the answer is.....just posting for your info :-)
> - Michael
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