“Together we create a symphony of ideas.” Doesn’t that phrase just perfectly sum up the idea of social networks?
Well sort of – but perhaps our networks are not really a symphony of ideas – perhaps they are more of a jazz riff or as Andrew Sullivan said in Why I Blog, “more free-form, more accident-prone, less formal, more alive. It is in many ways, writing out loud.” Networks and blogs are in many ways Thinking Out Loud.
In fact, I think I think a good analogy for a networked blog is the world of the disc jockey with remixes and mashups mixed in with some original work.
I came across an interesting article by Jeanne C Meister and Karie Willyerd called, Leading Virtual Teams to Real Results – the gist of which is that each of us are nodes that are capable of making connections. They illustrate their point by referencing conductor Eric Whitacre and his project with a virtual choir in a performance of “Lux Aurumque“. – Just think 185 individual vocalists, who could not hear each other, from 12 countries.
“Together we create a symphony of ideas.” There is lots of food for thought here – I am going to leave this open to your exploring the implications! (and hopefully sharing your views in the comments section). For a little more to chew on check out Whitacre’s blog filling in some of the history of the project.
Another fascinating Whitacre project “sleep” involved 2052 voices from 58 countries.