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A Year and a Day January 4, 2010

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A year and a day have passed since I published the last post on this blog. That means if you visited here in 2009, it would seem as if nothing has happened with the Connective in the past year. While that’s mostly (and unfortunately) true, some significant things did happen. This post is to bring my dear readers back up to speed.

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Scale-Free Thinking January 3, 2009

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In the Mandara Mountains of northern Cameroon live the Mofu, ethnic tribes whose culture is based on a reverence for social insects. Their favorite is a breed of ferocious red ant known to them as jaglavak. There are many other species too: ndroa, mananeh and ndakkol. These names all have one thing in common: they are both plural and singular. Jaklavak refers equally to one ant, a colony of ants, or all the ants in the world.

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Enlightened Self-Interest September 24, 2008

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Iqbal Quadir had a dream. He wanted to bring economic prosperity and political freedom to the people of his homeland of Bangladesh. He supported no socialist ideology, and represented no charity. He was sure that, given the chance, the people of his country would empower themselves. Quadir started GrameenPhone to give them that chance, and to make a lot of money in the process.

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Fearing Digital Literacy September 8, 2008

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The July/August 2008 edition of the Atlantic magazine featured a very provocative cover story. Using the infamous colour scheme of the world’s most popular search engine, the headline asks: Is Google Making Us Stoopid? The article, written by IT pundit Nicholas Carr, argues that yes, in a sense, the Internet is making us stupid. The truth is, he’s just plain scared.

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Connectivism as Learning Theory August 26, 2008

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The 18th century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer was stunned when introduced to Buddhism for the first time. Here he had found an ancient Eastern religion which arrived at largely the same philosophical conclusions he did in his own pursuit of truth. So much so that several of his contemporaries accused him of plagiarism, to which Schopenhauer has this to say:

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The Death of Memory July 28, 2008

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Of all the ultra-hip commercials for the iconic iPhone, one stands out. Rather than a montage of features, it simply presents a scene: you and a friend have a bet. Thanks to the iPhone’s mobile Internet access, you no longer have to wait to settle the bet. Wherever you are, you can find out whatever you want to know, right now.

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The Changing Face of Knowledge Management March 19, 2008

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In a past life, I worked with E&Y‘s Knowledge Management (KM) division to help them build their first Web-based Knowledge Sharing tools, and develop their KM practice. One of the tools my company built for them, brilliantly named KnowledgeWeb, was a Web-based Document Repository. It featured all the trappings one would expect: top-down, hierarchical categories based on a common taxonomy; discrete roles and permissions; and an administrative back-end to manage it all.

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The Message of Television March 17, 2008

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Marshall McLuhan based much of his philosophy on the idea that all technology is media, and that all media is an extension of human faculties, as in: the shovel is an extension of the hand, and the car an extension of the foot. The more pervasive a medium is, the more it represents an extension of all of human culture. As media go, television is about as pervasive as it gets.

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Kevin Kelly “Really Likes” the Term Connective March 17, 2008

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icon_ones.jpgAs this is my first post, I feel I should write about how Kevin Kelly, author, pundit and Wired magazine’s first Executive Editor, took some time out of his busy schedule to make this blog.

It all started back in 1993.

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