As I begin this, I beg Wes’ apology. I’m going out on a limb. Exploring an idea. Don’t hold it against, Wes, faithful readers.
I read an article (via Chris Sessums site) that was over my head earlier today. I’m still trying to puzzle through it. In the article, the following is cited and it caused my brain to go in another direction…like a rock-climber, painfully working his way up the side of rock when a piton gave way, I am spinning to the side hoping those pitons that are left will save me. You’ll have to decide that. Here’s the quote that captured my attention:
Learning, as constant becoming, is the work of nomads…Nomads must continuously readapt themselves to the open-ended world in which even the line of horizon may be affected by the changing conditions of wind, shifting sands or storms so that no single rule of knowing that would ever assist nomads in their navigations, perhaps only knowing how would (Semetsky 2004:447).
When you think of what we’re going through now, this doesn’t seem so far off. In fact, the idea of electronic bands of nomad learners, on an open-ended world is a powerful analogy. But, the analogy only goes so far. A far better one, IMHO, is that portrayed in WaterWorld. We are a surface people diving deep for knowledge and ideas, scratching out survival on the surface. Constant learning, while not critical to survival, is necessary to thrive. Like Kevin Costner’s character, those of us who blog have suddenly acquired the appropriate webbing to navigate an uncertain ocean. Like Dennis Hopper’s evil character, proprietary companies threaten our very existence, wanting our unique insights. Only by being daring and intrepid, unafraid of journeying into the depths, can we survive long enough to find a place we can thrive (“Dryland”), and gain a respite from oppression and persecution.
Nomads, or bloggers, whether on a desert of shifting sands or a sea of sustaining serendipitous contacts, we are learning again to continually re-adapt ourselves to an open-ended world. Perhaps, a nomadic existence beckons us from our long ago past…and until now, technology has not been able to accommodate us. After all, how many of us now lead nomadic lives, travelling from one shelter to the next, carrying our world (data) among our few belongings?
From Web 2.0 tools–such as Gliffy, Gabbly, FlickrLilli, and many other–we can see that being a nomad, constantly re-adapting ourselves in an ever-changing world is supportable…we can live off the land (or sea, depending on which analogy you look).
It requires what gapingvoid describes in this piece of art:
Sounds like hard work to me…it sure would be nice to let this one pass you by, but it’s life…and it’s coming fast. Are your kids ready?
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