Wikiklesia Writing and Too Many Quotes

kinnon —  June 6, 2007 — Leave a comment

I was up shortly after the sun rose @ 5:35am this morning. Outside temps were just above freezing. Inside temps in most of the cottage were around 48ºF. My office here is in one of the two insulated rooms of our summer place. Leaving a heater on in it last night made it warm enough for me to work in shirtsleeves this morning.

I’m writing my chapter, The Generous Web, for the Wikiklesia project today. I hope to be done by noon. The chapter needs to be between 1,000 and 2,000 words. This morning I realized that my quotes alone are over 2,000 words. (There are over 1300 words in this post.) To quote Bruce Hornsby, there’s Gonna Be Some Changes Made.

Here are a few links to some of the quotes:
I’m intrigued by John Henry Clippinger’s book, A Crowd of One. From the book description at Amazon:

Clippinger shows how the history of human progress is, in a way, the story of those who have recognized and exploited the human capacity for connections and reciprocal relationships. Social control cannot be imposed from on high; alienation is a group trauma, not just a personal one. Everything we do in our ever more digitized world expresses a connection to others in our society.

George Lucas, anchoring his USC article, Moving Beyond Moving Pictures, with the Gutenberg press metaphor, comments:

At the core of this movement are the techniques of the cinematic arts – movies, television, interactive media and formats yet to be invented – that will change the fundamentals of how we communicate on both a personal and a global basis.

While the so-called “digital revolution” is nothing new to anyone who has kept even remotely abreast with developments over the past two decades, what is new, and profoundly so, are the ways in which people of all ages and backgrounds are using these media.

Video and audio software now come as standard issue on most computers – turning them from word processors into mini editing and mixing stations. The resulting output turns up in places like YouTube, which has grown to serve some 100 million videos a day under the tagline “Broadcast Yourself.”

MIT’s Henry Jenkins in Nine Propositions Towards a Cultural Theory of YouTube says (from Point 2),

YouTube has emerged as the meeting point between a range of different grassroots communities involved in the production and circulation of media content. Much that is written about YouTube implies that the availability of Web 2.0 technologies has enabled the growth of participatory cultures. I would argue the opposite: that it was the emergence of participatory cultures of all kinds over the past several decades that has paved the way for the early embrace, quick adoption, and diverse use of platforms like YouTube. But as these various fan communities, brand communities, and subcultures come together through this common portal, they are learning techniques and practices from each other, accelerating innovation within and across these different communities of practice. One might well ask whether the “You” in YouTube is singular or plural, given the fact that the same word functions for both in the English language. Is YouTube a site for personal expression, as is often claimed in news coverage, or for the expression of shared visions within common communities? I would argue that the most powerful content on YouTube comes from and is taken up by specific communities of practice and is thus in that sense a form of cultural collaboration.

Fuller President, Richard Mouw discusses YouTube in his article, A Theology of Cuteness?:

Here is an observation that I offer to a budding theologian looking for a popular culture project. Amid all of the bad stuff on YouTube, there is also a lot of attention to the cute. I did a YouTube search of “cute” and came up with a report of 191,000 videos using that word in their titles. To be sure, some of those were “cute teen dancing on webcam,” but there was a lot of innocently cute in there as well.

In his famous essay “A Plea for Excuses,” the Oxford philosopher J. L. Austin complained that philosophers of art typically spent too much time focusing on beauty, when most people’s aesthetic interests are less grand. Austin expressed the hope that “we could forget for a while about the beautiful and get down instead to the dainty and the dumpy”! Maybe some creative theologian looking for a new topic could take a hint here and get down to talking about cuteness. Babies and kittens are cute, and they get a lot of attention from many people— the evidence is there at YouTube.

Doc Searls, quoted by Nat Tarkington from their email exchange on the Morality of Generosity

We give. We are open. We love without expectation of reward, or even accounting. (In fact, when you bring in accounting, you compromise it.) Think about how we give to our spouses, our children, without strings. It pays off, too. But that’s fundamentally not what it’s about.

I think some of what we see in Web 2.0 (a term I’ve never liked, much as I like Tim (O’Reilly), who has done the most to promulgate it… I think it’s what we’ll call the current bubble and the next crash) is the morality of generosity.

A conversation that lead me to this quote from Doc in 2001. (If you’ve followed this blog or read my book, A Networked Conspiracy, you’ve read this before:

On the way to New York from L.A. I sat next to a beautiful man named Sayo Ajiboye, who was en route to St. Louis from Hawaii by way of Los Angeles and New York.

A religious scholar who had just finished teaching courses at an institute in Maui, Sayo (pronounced “Shayo”) is also a Christian minister in his home country of Nigeria, and — it quickly became clear — a deeply wise man. Among his accomplishments was translating the highly annotated Thompson Bible into his native Yoruba language, a project that took eight of his thirty-nine years. We talked about a great many things (you can cover a lot of ground in 5 hours and 2800 miles, and that was just on the plane).

When I began to tell him about weblogs, and the linked cacophony of published conversations that all feed and nurture each other, he said, “That sounds like markets in my country.” Then I told him about Cluetrain and its first thesis, markets are conversations.

As I’ve experienced before with people who know traditional markets intimately, markets are conversations delivers the news impact of skies are blue. The response is yes, of course. And the meaning is literal. I told him I was deeply interested in traditional markets, which we barely touched in the Cluetrain book — and which I want to explore much more deeply, since one of my main ambitions is to research and write a book about markets in their most native forms, which I believe industrialized societies have long forgotten, and which the Net in many ways restores.

So Sayo treated me to a conversation about the natural economics of traditional markets, which place value on far more than goods and money. He told me it’s easy in the industrial world to hear in the market’s noise only the sound of exchange. “It’s about relationship,” he said. “When the vendor says something is worth $500, he’s not saying that’s the price. He’s inviting a conversation. He also isn’t just looking for a sale. He’s looking for a relationship with you — one that only starts with your repeated business with him. The whole market is a system of relationships.”

Just a few bread crumbs on the trail (or is it The Long Tail) of The Generous Web.

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A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

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