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Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

The fallacy shared both by social media services and educational services is one of trying to engineer the perfect mix of content for their clients. What we find, I think, in both education and online media is that authentic content - that is, content based in a person's actual life and relations with other people - is the best content. But of course, you can't create a 'one size fits all' version of that, which makes it uneconomical to be a content provider. This article shows how "a new wave of non-algorithmic social media platforms, such as Mastodon, is challenging the status quo and offering users a refreshing alternative that promotes genuine social interaction." Look for the same approach to begin to thrive in education.

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