Monthly Archives: September 2011

Wikipedia: a new complex system of interrelating parts

ICT stands for Information and Communication Technologies. Is Wikipedia an ICT? a web 2.0 paradigm? or a promising social media? and “The medium is the message” as McLuhan said. But what is this media? Is it pure technology? And is a pure technology enough to make a change? May be is enough.. or may be is just enough to spark a change.. or may be it depends.. The focus of human attention on technology and media is inevitable, or may be inevitable. The medium is the first thing someone usually observes. It has material or even virtual dimensions, it is there, you can touch it.

What is the medium that Wikipedia visitors see? It is the wiki interface but most of all the articles, there there, they can be touched.. e, sorry I mean they can be read, or printed and then touched. So what is Wikipedia? Simple answer, it is an Encyclopedia, a collection of articles and a supporting technology, wiki software. So simple.

Something missing? hm.. May be Wikiedians? Nonymous editors and admins supporting and defending the project. And anonymous ip contributors contributing small bricks that summed together can build great buildings. And all these contributors, nonymous and anonymous, are human agents, cummunicating with each other.

So, Wikipedia as a technology or something else? Who invent Wikipedia? Jimbo? Cunningham? What is Wikipedia? an Encyclopedia? the medium that changed the world? what? And where human agency is in all this? Or just where is human behavior in all this?

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Destination: Context.

If you do not look at want you want, you never gonna find it. Only by rare chance, you never know.. There is no certainty in anything. –> Destination

When you want something, you won’t find it. Your passion stunts you. You see only what you eager for and you miss the context. — Context

Destination and context. Two concepts bounded together with complexity.

“Always keep Ithaca in your mind. To arrive there is your ultimate goal.. But do not hurry the voyage at all..”. Constantine Cavafy.

What is the relation between Destination and Context? There is the point. The pattern that connects..

 


A compination of loose and strict thinking..

Many researchers use surveys for investigating virtual communities, on-line behaviors and digital citizens’ attitudes towards various subjects. Although I found surveys a very useful scientific tool for social inquiries, I wonder whether these surveys are grounded on a strong basement.

I thing a pilot qualitative exploration of the desired domain is an indispensable step to ensure a  strong research foundation. Virtual communities and social media are still an unknown and constantly evolving field.

As Gregory Bateson noted it down”As I see it, the advances in scientific thought come from a combination of loose and strict thinking, and this combination is the most precious tool of science.”. New land requires a flexible methodological approach..