In this presentation by James Surowiecki
James poses 3 questions
1. What motivate people to blog?
2. Do blogs have genuine access to collective intelligence?
3. What are the dark sides of blogs?
Whilst his story about tsunami is still fresh with me, as I learnt about the tsunami and earthquake in Japan through various blogs and social media, I think it would be a great lesson to reflect on such catastrophe and its implications, in particular how media such as FB, Twitters, blogs would play a part in collecting and harvesting intelligence, in this complex ecology….
In Blogosphere, what counts as rational? Is value measured by money?
Blogs provide affordance for bloggers where they are:
– Volunteering their cooperative power
– Accessing & collecting intelligence
James coins it as collective distributive intelligence, or participative journalism. Bloggers would then be able to establish their voice in the media.
The dark sides of blogging, according to James include:
– people falling in love with internet
– people thinking that networks are necessarily good things
– when people are more tightly linked to group, the harder for them to remain independent
He concludes that
– groups are only smart if individuals are independent
People just do what the one in front of them does, and so the meme would be “transmitted” from one blogger to another blogger or reader, and so on. Has the blogosphere been able to collect such collective distributive intelligence? This reminds me of the Paradox of Wisdom of Crowd, as highlighted by James.
Similarly, I could transfer such learning to FB, Twitters, Youtube, Ted.com etc. where memes and ideas are shared and transmitted in an endless manner through different means, where some ideas are amplified, whilst others would be dampened and faded into “darkness”.
What does this story tell me? A good lesson, that there are always two sides of the same coin, in blogging, in networks. And overly optimistic or pessimistic in tapping into the collective intelligence would end up with “group-think” or “narcissism with a closed mind”.
This links me back to reflect on Communities and Networks as shared here.
May be this Learning Analytics would shed some light as to how and what it means to blog in the blogosphere.
Here Rita reflects on her learning with Learning Analytics and asks:
If students only use the LMS for such a limited amount of their learning, and data on the other learning is not collected, what will be the relevance and value of carrying out analytics on this LMS environment?
How about carrying out analytics on blogging in the blogosphere?
Here research into who’s talking and who’s listening on Twitter provides some interesting perspectives and patterns –
“Bloggers, unlike those in other categories, are more likely to retweet information outside their own categories, reflecting the “characterization of bloggers as recyclers and filters of information.”
Would bloggers of “our community” exhibit similar behaviors?