I have been arguing that news organizations should reimagine and rebuild themselves as platforms for their communities, enabling people to share what they know and adding journalistic value to that. As such, they should study technology companies.
Interesting to see Chris Long pull out this quote from Jeff Jarvis. I think this fits right in to my line of thought that universities need to develop platforms and not just throw of a bunch of technological odds and ends together to conduct education. I often say that perhaps the New York times, instead of figuring out how to put their paper online, should have been inventing twitter. Same can be said, or will be said, about higher ed.
Now, take that to the next level, what if the students and professors manage and maintain their own platforms and the university aggregates, syndicates, and makes sharing both easy and evident? What would be possible then? What if the curriculum was about building and managing your learning platform on the web?
Update: The more I think about this the more I truly believe it provides an alternative to University’s aping the current zeitgeist of “innovative” tech companies trying to build successful start-up platforms. Education needs to return to the space of teaching people how to conceptualize and build these things rather than get in the business of building and maintaining such a service. The struggle to make sense of this space and but it in some cultural context is the service we provide, we must not forget that!