I saw this quote in one of my readings that I thought I would share with everyone for my last post specifically for Social Software Affordances at Teachers College, Columbia University ....
"To be sure, it is for the sake of special needs and interests that men unite in economic associations or blood fraternities, in cult societies or robber bands. But above and beyond their special content, all these associations are accompanied by a feeling for, by a satisfaction in, the very fact that one associated with others and that the solitariness of the individual is resolved into togetherness, a union with others".
- George Simmel
This union enables us to do things that we could not do as well alone, isolated in a world of one.
With this in mind, below is my one sentance answers (long as they may be) to questions posed in the beginning of the course.
- What is "social" about social software?
Social software allows one to connect to others with similar interests, concerns, commonalities and needs.
- How is the notion of community being redefined by social software?
Community is no longer bound by the physical proximity of members to each other.
- What aspects of our humanity stand to gain or suffer as a result of our use of and reliance on social software?
Social software in itself is just a tool. It’s power is providing a vehicle to understand and appreciate the interconnectiveness of the world, allowing us to connect and aggregate people and information to create personal meaning and identity.
- How is social agency shared between humans and (computer) code in social software?
Computer code can enable networks to form in a space (i.e. Ebay) where as it is the actions of humans that create place and community within that space.
- What are the social repercussions of unequal access to social software?
Unequal access defines the “haves” and “have nots” causing a division of inequality and opportunity for individual growth and development, excluding a number of people from our network that could provide important insight, experience and contribution.
- What are the pedagogical implications of social software for education?
Social software enables us to create communities of practice to promote both formal and informal learning which involves making constant connections, seeking patterns and aligning our thoughts and actions with those of others to construct meaning.
- Can social software be an effective tool for individual and social change?
Social software provides an opportunity to communicate, debate and exchange information, thereby promoting critical thought and analysis necessary to produce change, both personal and global.