Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

This is another nice addition to Donald Clark's list of influential thinkers, a list that became much more useful once he began looking outside the domain of traditional 'education' researchers. "Rather than seeing the world in terms of the old binary oppositions of appearance and reality, subject and object, oppressors and oppressed," writes Clark, Jean Baudrillard "sees us as increasingly being in a world of Simulacra and Simulations (1981) – ads, TV news and soap operas." And he replaces the traditional conception of agency as production "with a more complex agent as consumer and consumption,  not production, as the new locus of economic activity." This is the world I grew up in - no, not continental philosophy, but rather, science fiction, and especially the cyberpunk work of Bruce Sterling and William Gibson.

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