Here is a little back and forth I had with Alec Couros which actually led to some interesting ideas and questions (at least for me) of the contemporary usage of the term serendipity as the premise for a kind of faith system of openness similar to Dickens’s idea of coincidence in his novels. A somewhat secular belief system in connections, chance, and some kind of beneficent fate. Serendipity may be the enemy! 😉 More seriously, this is a hacked together series of ideas I want to come back to in greater detail at some point, hence the capturing of it here, on my space, not twitter’s.
jimgroom“Openness is as much a function of design as it is of any set of beliefs.” I said this in the UMW Blogs Story, it will frame my opened talk
jimgroom…as the philosophy. And I think openness can sometimes be stepped into, kinda like shit.
jimgroomFor example, UMw Blogs a was not so much premised on openes as a doctrine, but rather as necessary extension of the application of education
jimgroomIn other words, might we think of openness as a side effect of the new web that has been rhetorically transformed into its raison d’etre
jimgroomThink about the combustion engine, it changed the built environment of a large part of the earth during the 20th century, scarring it deeply
jimgroomYet the car remains one of the great icons of of freedom, liberty, and individuality—a veritable culture machine that poeticizes the road
jimgroomHow can the happenstance of design not come to inform all sorts of cultural valences we couldn’t predict, yet often privilege the “verities”
jimgroomOpenness has become such a verity, and by extension has become as fraught for co-option and commodification as the very road that enabled it
jimgroomHahahaha, now there are some late night tweets that no one will hear fall in the twitter forest 😉
jimgroomWe built a religion on top of design principles, from that comes a philosophy of beneficent chance, aka serendipity-it all makes sense now
jimgroomAnd to push forward with this idea-how do religions themselves adjust to the design challenges of their respective eras? How does education?
jimgroomNobody tweets like the bava, NOBODY!