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<nettime> Blogpost: Louder Voices and Learning Networks
michael gurstein on Sun, 26 Jun 2011 12:22:34 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> Blogpost: Louder Voices and Learning Networks

Louder Voices and Learning Networks http://wp.me/pJQl5-76

Posted on June 25, 2011 by Michael Gurstein

There is a stream of contemporary thought (with which I generally agree)
which sees knowledge as being largely produced and disseminated by and
through networks. That is, networks-social, technical, organizational-are
seen as providing the basic framework within which knowledge activities
increasingly are taking place and where knowledge workers increasingly are
doing their work.

This all seems really quite straightforward and even somehow commendable in
that it suggests that knowledge is being disengaged from the older top-down
authoritarian structures and institutions which so many have come to
distrust or even despise. And of course, these networks are (or at least
appear to be) immaterial and placeless-existing or taking their form and
substance through invisible wires, the ether, software such as Facebook, or
other seemingly virtual products, themselves the outcome of the digital age.

An upcoming conference "Mobilityshifts" is as good as any as an example of
this kind of thinking-asserting in a somewhat breathless way that "The
future of learning will not be solely determined by digital culture but by
the re-organization of power relationships and institutional protocols."...

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