The A to D of becoming famous in the net

Do you want to be famous in the net?  How?

May we have a word game?

Think of a “negative” and a “positive” word that comes to your mind- it could be an adjective, a noun, or a verb that relates and judges – a blog post, a person, or an idea etc.

What have you got?

Here is my A to D list:


arrogant, aggressive, atrocious

appreciative, adorable, admirable

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bitchy, bizarre, bewilder, besiege, betray, blunt, boastful

bewitch, blessed, blossom

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cool, carcinogenic, crap, critical

caring, candid, cultivate, creative

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demanding, diminishing, disagreeing, disallow, discriminate, disdain, disengage, disgust, doubt, disgruntled, devilish, destructive, deceitful, demoralise, despise, dictate, dominate, doubtful

dedicated, discourse, discover, divine, dynamic

Would you like to add yours?

How about the E to Z word of getting famous? Your turn here…

Why? Would you simply want to become famous? Would you like to educate instead?  With all the positives…..



11 thoughts on “The A to D of becoming famous in the net

  1. I wonder is this blog post, idea, person
    a accurate
    b believable
    c considered
    d developed
    Am I engaged in
    a authentic
    b balanced
    c considerate, critical
    d deliberation, debate, dialogue
    What kind of a lens is the person, idea, or blog post asking me to use
    a associationism (introspection)
    b behaviorism (empirical)
    c constructivism (interpretive)
    d developmental (historical-hermeneutic)

    Oh, well, what fun, but why do you ask, John?

  2. Why do you ask if a person wants to become famous?
    Does everyone aspire to fame?
    Is it important to become famous? (on the net)?
    I don’t think in terms of positives and negatives… I don’t think in dualistic categories… when I encounter a blog post, idea, or person…
    When I read a blog post, encounter a person, consider an idea, I wonder, is this an attempt at
    d-developing a response
    i-initiating, inquiring, investigating
    k-kidding around
    n-needing to know
    r-remembering, resolving a conflict or problem
    s-sounding off, signaling solidarity
    t-thinking out loud
    w-wondering, wandering, wayfinding
    x-examining, exploring, exiting
    z-zooming in on something really important…

    So, seriously, John, what is the significance of your question in the post?

  3. Great questions. I was reflecting on the intention of people when posting on blogs, or sharing in the conversation. Would some be looking for fame, or becoming famous? Or for marketing and advertising – like that in the microblogging – with Twitter? Is it important to become famous? That’s what I would like to explore, the different perspectives of people. May be a survey could help. Are there any one who has done it?
    I like your A-Z listing, that captures the spirit of reading behind a blog post. That makes me think – especially the thinking out loud.

    Many thanks for sharing this great insight.

  4. Hi Mary,
    Yes, I share your insights. It’s fun. Would people be more interested in the inspiration, empowering, social connections and conversation in networking, rather than the traditional teaching in online learning? I love your use of introspection, empirical, interpretive and historical-hermeneutic, so wonderful!

    Why would I ask? To learn and share…..
    Many thanks Mary.

  5. Hi I love word play too, love your list Mary that’s helpful.

    When I’m political I want to alert, beseech, commit, debate,
    when I’m a student I want to access, blog, collate, decide,
    when an employee I want to attract, build, communicate, deliver,
    when a teacher I want to ask, bond, create, demonstrate,
    when an artist/collective/gallery I want to amplify, broadcast, connect, distribute,
    when a business I’d want to advertise, brand, credit, debit
    when I’m famous I’d want to avert, buddhist, cave, disguised!

  6. Hi John and Ruth,
    Yes, this exercise was enjoyable. A case of “deep play” among colleagues.

  7. Hi John,
    To go back to your question:
    Would people be more interested in the inspiration, empowering, social connections and conversation in networking, rather than the traditional teaching in online learning?
    I don’t contrast informal learning with formal learning.
    I don’t contrast traditional teaching with online teaching.
    Teaching and learning are different words; they have different histories.
    But I think I understand what you are getting at here… Networked relationships can transcend the course if the discourse is worthwhile.

  8. Fully agreed. We often forget the fun associated with learning, and may even restrict fun and games in formal learning, like in a classroom, where formal rules are the golden rules of discipline.
    Once upon, I made use of games like making paper airplanes with adult learners (age 20 – 40 range) that relate to leadership training. Even the training manager was present with the training workshop. It was fun, with everyone (including me) involved in the process, with the co-assessment and judging done with all participants, and debriefing after the leadership exercise. Would this work online? In principle, yes? We are all engaging with different sorts of networked activities, social conversation that allows us to have fun, especially with those immersive “learning” environment such as Second Life, where people could change their appearance, disguise their personality, and take on different roles to play out their characters, or involve in the games….How could we translate such action oriented games into active learning, with reflection? How could we build up networked relationships that could transcend the course? How could we ensure such funny and enjoyable games be used for discourse in formal and informal courses (networking)? Would that be the future of formal (online) teaching and learning, where networked relationships are built in the fun activities that each of us could share and enjoy? It is not the technology that would excite us in learning, IMHO, it is the relationships, the value, and the learning that technology AND actors (teachers and learners) could bring and enhance that motivate us to learn through and with the learning networks. Is it the people who makes this happen?
    So, online course which are built on content alone would only provide content “knowledge”, but online networks which are based on people’s interaction would make learning an active, participative process, that enlighten life, and make us think.
    Thanks again for making me think deeper.

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