Are k-logs hyped? (2)
Denham Grey comments on Are k-logs hyped?
To be sure the distinction between community and networked individuals is diffuse and there is much overlap. I think you have to look at the 'discourse' - the conversation patterns, the ownership of spaces and containers, the context and power relationships.
Agree that the borders are diffuse and we talk about the same but with different focus: on the social (community space, dialog) or individual (person in relation to others, listening and storytelling) side of it.
I would agree with Sebastian that the unit of analysis depends on your goals. As knowledge worker I have limited opportunity to improve collective spaces I'm involved in, but I can improve my own space for connecting my experiences from those spaces.
Bloggers (bless their collective hearts) are selfish souls at the core - they need to own the space. They tend to be unwilling to venture onto another's turf.
Agree. My reasons to comment in my blog and not somewhere else are:
- I want it to be captured where I can find it.
- I want to have a line of my own thinking. Sometimes this means that I brake the line of community discussion - I try to avoid it or at least link to the comment in my blog.
I guess that the need for "my own space" is something very natural for a human being.
Deep dialog happens best when we come together and reciprocate in the same space, when we engage on a level playing field, when we take turns in the development of shared thinking rather than pushing our thoughts out there for everyone to see - hoping to enhance our personal brand.
This distinction is subtle, but important I feel - it is all about equality of publishing rights - not, hey if you do not buy my thoughts, go and start your own blog - rather let's agree to engage around a topic in a space where we have equal control, equal, display rights, equal 'voice'.
I wouldn't make firm connection between the equality of publishing rights and deep dialog. I feel that community norms, real or perceived, could be a bigger problem for engaging into conversation than technical limitations - "I'm not sure if I can post my stupid questions to bother all you experts".