Mediating the power dynamics of online spaces

As we mature in our use of social networking and online spaces – could it be that we’re losing touch with why we use them? In his book “Disrupting Class”, Clayton Christensen says that disruptive innovation – such as social media tools – work best when the innovation is competing against non-consumption (that is, it’s better than nothing”. Do your professional social networking spaces work as an innovation for group discussions that cannot occur face to…

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A SLap in the face

Dear Linden Labs, It is often a struggle to convince administrators, policy makers and educators that virtual worlds in general and Second Life in particular are valuable resources for education. Educators I know have worked in their own time, fought the battles with IT to unblock ports and find a reasonable space and afterward, even if they get results, they STILL have to keep on struggling to gain recognition for their work. In short, making…

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Spam, affiliate programs, trust and Twitter

I’d like to get your input on what you feel constitutes spam and how much discloure you expect in your network. Some spam is easy to spot – like the spam stunt pictured here in World of Warcraft or the unwanted emails you get when you open your in-box.  Others are more subtle. I’m a regular Twitter user – I treat it like a virtual coffee break where sometimes people can get silly, sometimes they’re…

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