Stay on Focus

The whole article makes interesting reading . . . some about how communities build online.

http://www.niemanlab.org/2012/05/howard-rheingold-on-how-the-five-web-literacies-are-becoming-essential-survival-skills

May 11, 2012, 9:12 a.m.

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Howard Rheingold on how the five web literacies are becoming essential survival skills

The veteran technology commentator argues that a better understanding of how we connect our attention and intentions online can help individuals and society.

… In that way, attention connects with participation and collaboration. The act of sharing not only builds intelligence but shows good faith in a community. It also has a reinforcing quality; once you go from being a passive part of a community to liking, retweeting, and curating, you increase your activity as well as your value. The act of transforming information into knowledge and making it usable to people will always have value, no matter what platforms exist, Rheingold said.

“The proliferation of media has not stopped — if anything it has gone into hyperdrive,” he said. “If you want to keep up with anything, it’s not about keeping up with technologies, it’s about keeping up with literacies.”

Photo of Rheingold by MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito used under a Creative Commons license.

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