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June 24, 2005 || 6:10 am
To those who think like my father
I'm staying up late tonight as I've got to be online when the UK gets to work so we can finish off this bid document. So in the mean time I'm catching up on some reading and blogging. I thought maybe both the geek and non-geek community might be interested in reading a little of the debate that I had with my father, who questioned why I had started to write more about technology (tagging etc) and why I was now including what he saw as nerdy and boring links.
Well, maybe I'm nerdy and boring. But as my friends know, there's nothing like a little provocation to get me on a rant. So, some excerpts from my email rant/reply to my father:
Whether you like it or not the internet is a really powerful tool and I think we need a broader debate and a better informed general public about what it can be used for [...] As I wrote in one post, the UK isn't very aware about the potential uses of blogs and various related new tools. And if you did start to delve in a little further [into the links] you might find a whole lot of things that could make your life easier, more engaged, more stimulating and more creative. There are new ways of keeping in touch with developments in the world and whatever your passions might be, and new ways of starting to set the agenda and engage directly with your public.
In brief: take the initiative. The adventure is only just beginning. And it doesn't mean that no-one will ever go down the pub and converse again - it just means that this tool will enable those conversations, and the possibilities of collaborative action, to become so much more rich in impact and meaning. And if you have any opinion on all this, tell me in the comments.
H, I think you are "ahead of the curve" to use consultant speak.
By 1:14 pm, at
absolutely - and I think the emerging taxonomy is really interesting re the way we learn language, think laterally, etc. It will reach critical mass as the tools for the 'average' user to participate get simpler and more accessible all the time. But I think that certain professions are good at seeing the potential and certain ones don't - and architects/urban designers/planners, although very technologically enabled in a lot of ways, are historically not very good at thinking outside of their disciplines and staying abreast of more street-level movements, which is what I think the whole social software thing is (massive takeup among the young, for eg). But we are some of the people who could benefit most from this joined up, network based way of dealing with the massive amount of knowledge that we are expected to master.
I agree Hana, embrace the internet or you will be left behind. It is a powerful tool. How else would I have been able to read of your opinion and to make comment.
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