[iDC] Can DIY education be crowdsourced?

John Sobol soboltalk at gmail.com
Thu Sep 8 02:24:14 UTC 2011

I too embrace John Hopkins' reminder of the sanctity of meatiness, whose
meaning is mutuality. Although John Bell's reminder that meaty mutuality can
mean ignorant tribalism is very important too. Which, again, is precisely
why it is so important that embodied wisdom be blended with the the wisdom
of the global village.

For the apparent antagonism of f2f vs. online actually misses the point,
which is that the most potent DIY formulation in the 21st century is
precisely one that marries and bridges these two dialogical systems. f2f
experiences giving rise to digital conversations giving rise to more f2f
experiences giving rise to more digital conversations.

Yet the monological monkey in the middle is OS2, or literate culture - i.e.
'school' - which is not about p2p conversations but about hierarchies of
fixed facts. And what I have not been able to wrap my head around is how to
bridge oral and digital cultures without alienating and antagonizing people
who are loyal to literate culture. For I know that some of you who are
professors find the dialogical values and epistemologies of OS1 (oral) and
OS3 (digital) cultures inherently objectionable even though collectively you
represent the most adventurous and sympathetic thinkers in the OS2 world.
But I don't see any other way out of this eco-crisis, which, like it or not,
is largely being driven forward by extremely educated people. Whereas what
we need much more of is earth wisdom, commonly found among 'uneducated' oral
people, and bridges to port that wisdom into our digital world, where - I
hope - OS3's hyper-efficiency can apply it to sustainably reorder our
unsustainable OS2 systems as ruthlessly (and much more rapidly) as literate
culture overran and reordered oral ways of being.

John S
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