Web2.0—the web of platforms, personalization, clickbait, and filter bubbles—is the only web most students know. That web exists by extracting individuals’ data through persistent surveillance, data mining, tracking, and browser fingerprinting and then seeking new and “innovative” ways to monetize that data. As platforms and advertisers seek to perfect these strategies, colleges and universities rush to mimic those strategies in order to improve retention.
Here comes a beaut! shouts my dad. I can remember spending hours in the sea of Donegal belly surfing as a kid. The sea is open. The waves keep coming. Each one different, raising with it fresh atlantic excitement.
I was tipped off with a nudge from Greg McVerry on this one. What is the open web anyway? Maybe the contrast with the closed web is helpful: platform silos, sticky enough to ensure our dependence on them, with the primary intention of creating maximum value for their shareholders. Develop the Intellectual Property and maximise the revenue streams. Oh, and if we can change the law to make our position stronger, then we should…
My brother often corrects my grammar. It’s as easy to get it right as to get it wrong… he would say. Even though I find this mildly irritating, especially as he’s my younger sibling, he’s quite right – and secretly I upgrade my grammar without giving him any satisfaction, only to knowledgeably correct others on the same point.
So this thinkery about Creative Commons attribution might feel mildly annoying, but when it comes to attributing an author or creator for something you get to use for free, I think it’s worth the secret upgrade…
“The web is more a social creation than a technical one. I designed it for a social effect — to help people work together — and not as a technical toy. The ultimate goal of the Web is to support and improve our weblike existence in the world.”
— Tim Berners-Lee
When some ex-Mozilla collaborative ninjas (Doug, John, Laura) asked if I was interested in forming a co-operative, I had to be involved. For it allows me (Visual Thinkery) to still have autonomy as a business, but also allows me to participate in collaborative work with people who know a deeper magic.
And together we are stronger;
We are Open…
What’s the agenda of your meeting? Is it to say clever things – or to build clever things. If you’re serious of collaboratively building something, and want to give everyone an equitable voice, consider meeting around a document instead of a table – it’s a completely different (and more productive) experience…
My buddy created that image. I really think you should attribute him as he spent quite a bit of time creating it. Otherwise, how will anyone else know that this image is available for them to use under creative commons as well?
I love these people – these defenders of the commons. Power to their elbows!
This thinkery comes from a thoroughly enjoyable conversation with Alan Levine.