Videos and photos coming up

Hi all,

I just wanted to let people know that I added a page called videos on the top menu. I though I will start posting some interesting videos and some reflections hopefully. The reason for the menu tab is because I am trying to keep the blogging space clean and tidy and focus more on the writing. The video tab will work as some sort of video archive where only videos will posted there. Please feel free to leave your comments on the videos and share  links to other videos. In this process of collaboration and sharing I will add a tab for pictures and podcast soon.

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it. – Albert Einstein

My facebook friend is waiting for me

Exactly 4:40 am…I finished a 5000-word paper about two hours ago and I can still not fall asleep. Truly I don’t know I why I am typing this now, I should really try to sleep but the person who sold me by brain on ebay forgot to send me the manuals and now I don’t know how to turn it off…while in bed I was wondering how are the relationships we build in the virtual world different from those we build in real life. What do we expect from the virtual world? We build and deconstruct online relationships without much thinking, at least I do I think.  So, are bloggers faithful to their audiences? Do they feel a moral obligation to keep their relationships alive or simply one day and without questioning so much they stop writing. I was reading some statistics where 60 to 80% of the blogs die within a month, most likely because those blogs don’t become very popular but if you have 2 o 3 friends in “real life” wouldn’t you want to keep those alive? Or yet you would prefer to move to another city or high school hoping to become person of the year?

Now, let’s say you belong to a group of friends where not all are really your friends, some are friends of you friends and so on but you meet every Tuesday for drinks after work. If one day you decide to stop going – does that decision require the same type of thinking and moral procedures as shutting your twitter account for example?

We often think about the web from an outside perspective like thinking of technology as something external to culture. Well, I think technology is part of our culture as much as we are part of the web 2.0. So, perhaps we might have to redefine our roles inside the virtual role, there might be people waiting for.

A Collective thesis

I am seating in a media class in an MA program thinking what I should write in here and how do you start a blog when really I am falling asleep thinking about people at home (Uruguay). I know I will need to take a nap as soon as I get home in order to understand, digest and process Etienne Wenger’s book Communities of Practice which together with Henry Jenkins’ Participatory Culture theory had inspired me to start this blog without much idea where I am going yet.

A bit of blogging and bit of a personal diary…I started to think how I can turn this blog into a space that would help me to write my MA thesis on the two theories I mentioned above in formal and informal education. By no means I hoping that people will write my thesis though that would take a lot of stress off my shoulders (any volunteers?).

If you have any interesting examples of these theories  (I will soon write more about or what I understand of them), similar theories, authors, books, bloggers, or simply your ideas and comments please leave a comment, a link, an essay or just some characters.  I will post hopefully some interesting multimedia examples and case studies of Communities of Practice and Participatory Culture and I will explain more about my thesis as it becomes clearer to me and takes more of a form of something.

For now cheers,

Mauro

Walking through boundaries

I believe in the power of still and moving pictures to inspire and spark individuals and communities beyond physical, cultural and language boundaries. I am  adding part of one my oldest set of pics from the highlands of Ecuador (2002) from when I used to work with black and white film. I am not so sure what I will  be blogging here (hopefully – we will – since this is a collective activity) but I am hoping create yet another virtual space to exchange and connect transnational experiences, news, wishes, dreams, or whatever is in your mind or heart.  For now, this is no mare than a virtual space where words and characters connect with images, html coding and you.

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