Social Objects in Education

Martin Weller, The Ed Techie, Jan 08, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Quoting Hugh MacLeod, Martin Weller writes, "A social object is something (it can be real or virtual) that facilitate conversation, and thus social interaction (Hugh MacLeod gives a good overview of them). Hugh argues that social networks are built around social objects, not vice versa." I don't agree, not even in the case of Flickr. I continue to assert that these so-called "social objects" - images, videos, and the like - constitute a vocabulary that is used by members of a network. The network is not built 'around' these objects (nor are these objects built 'around' the network).
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