Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
Audio recording of a talk that sounds interesting. It is a "look at the way broadcasting holds critical sway in the virtual world (in spite of the amazing opportunities of internetworking)." There is a summary in PDF. It's dense reading, but the author draws us through a definition of broadcasting and distinguishes it from what may be called mesh networking. He then examines what he calls 'social conditioning' in these two types of communications of network. "Internetworking presents a convincing case by addressing many of these issues [of social control in broadcasting] specifically âx" by empowering direct forms of expression, two way communication, diversity, localized decision-making, resource sharing and so on." But we should take note, that neither social control nor bias are inherently absent from the network; we are given opportunities, not guarantees.

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