Your Ellie – On the Primacy of Networked Knowledge

Amy Burvall, CC BY, Dec 09, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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I commented to someone this week, "For all my talk about networking, I'm not a very good networker." Maybe when you don't have it you see what it is more clearly? So consequently, I don't have what Amy Burvall's daughter would call "an Ellie" - a close (and more organized) friend she calls instead of using antique technology like a website. This reminds me of a survey we did when researching for MuniMall in the 1990s - we asked municipal officials where they got the information they needed, and the number one answer was to "'call someone they know." Burvall suspects we prefer this method because it's more human. I suspect it's rather because it's more efficient.

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