Common Craft feed
The third and final day of dogsnblogs, and there is no slowing down. I have posted a wiki page trying to gather as many of the feeds together as possible, as well as some quick notes of the presentations as I have taken them. I’ll be trying to flesh that out for the last post. Overall, this workshop has been exceptional. The talented faculty really know what they are talking about, and clearly live and breath this stuff. Today, Darren and Lee did a great presentation on communities, summing up alot of the issues in terms of private sector online community design (read. NOT ‘community of practice’). Lee highlights some key points; strategy as in have one, culture as in a common purpose, people as in who its about, means as in to an end, and service as in that is what you are providing. I got to ask him later about that, “of practice” part of community,and it didnt make much sense to him either. But then, he is in the business of bringing people together online, not contemplating bringing them together.
He made a great post awhile back on the difference between message boards and weblogs that deserves a link.
Perhaps the most compelling difference in weblogs and message boards is the locus of control. Weblogs are individual or small group resources- the control of content and value is driven by a single person or small group. Message Boards are group resources- the control of content and value is shared equally across all users.
The latest project for him and his partner Sachi, is a travel website documenting their next year as they tour the better part of the world! You can check on their progress, and share any travel experiences you care to. They are heading out in just a few short days. Good luck guys, we’ll be watching. =>
E. Rice films
what a day. we were dogsledding for most of it, but got back to work after dinner. Eric gave an intro to video casting and will be posting some of our adventures out on the snow. He sure makes it look easy and fun to do, but more interesting to me is how this work occurs at the intersection of the blogosphere, the rest of the mediated world, and the real world. He admits that he uses the language of television, its formats and techniques as the model for design, and presentation. We are all somewhat familiar with television as an audience, it is a language we ‘get’. but videocasting?
I kinda hope the term ‘videocasting’ does not stick, but regardless of how we end up referring to it, this form of expression is undergoing explosive growth, and I think it is very difficult to predict how it will unfold into the mainstream. It is at that young, awkward, impressionable stage in all new medias evolution, that it merely has to emulate what has come before (tv amongst many others) until it matures and comes into its own. The smart guys that wrote this book explain it very nicely, the process of introducing some technologically new media form to a society by making it look like something familiar. It is a very natural process. I will have to try and dig out a good quote when I have more time.
I cant help but wonder, and specualte and dream, (waking up in a cold sweat?) how will all this ‘casting culture change us as a society? as people?
Jason’s feedburn: yes!
An interesting theme is emerging today, the idea of intertwingling a bunch of social sites (enabled by rss) together to enhance the ‘one stop shop’ for you, or what you are considering your main site. I have been trying to do this for awhile, but due to laziness mostly, I have only been able to go so far. If today is any indication, at the end of this conference I could easily double the number of sites I belong and publish to(weee), which will signifigantly enrich this little corner of www. Not only am I learning of new services out there that will be fun and useful to add to my ever growing arsenal, it is inspiring being in the presence of such ‘digital lifestyle’ masters as our faculty. They live and breath this stuff, and it is a challenge to try and keep up. To begin, Kris has asked us to publish the sites we already belong to, so as a group we can begin to link up online. here goes…
bloglines – is dead!… long live google reader.