Does Education Inflected Architecture = Web 2.0?

Michael Feldstein, Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, Oct 12, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The real question posed by Michael Feldstein is not the one in the title but whether 'remix' is a type of consumption, and he argues that it is. He writes, "What I particularly like about reframing this sort of integration as 'active consumption' rather than production (or development) is that it moves the boundary between “users� and system creators while still allowing that boundary to persist." By contrast, I don't want that boundary to persist. When I buy a chair from WalMart (not that I would ever buy a chair from walMart, but I digress), I may be depicted as a 'consumer' of the chair, but by the same token, WalMart is a 'consumer' of my money - money which I produced, and not someone else. By keeping the boundary between consumer and producer, it is in a way implied that the only useful thing I can produce is money (and that my employer is somehow the real producer of whatever 'things' it then 'sells'). That doesn't work for me; it entrenches an asymmetric relationship, and asymmetric relationships are, in the long run, unstable, whether in learning, in employment, or in Web 2.0.
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