Blind Spots of Engagement

Here is a gif that shows what? Connectedness? Engagement?  Frequency? All of the above or none?

Here is the larger visualization.

Here are my notes on  #digciz tweets from Martin Hawksey’s event hashtag visualization :

I feel engaged with the subject digital citizenship and I am trying to “ante-up” by sharing digital objects that show I am an engaged digital traveller (Storify curation, comic, image quotes, #4wordstory).  What I found is that the gif  above shows I am engaged with people who already know me and are engaged with me.  According to the gif above, I haven’t engaged with any of the principals who have organized #digciz.

So…I have engaged on my end, but only a “few but fine” who want to play crack the whip with me on the other end.  I think this reveals a profound blindspot–if I put the food down where the goats can get to it, they will eat.  Nope.  It is very similar to the classic teacher trope–if I am teaching they are learning.  How does this blindspot feel?  Disappointing and discouraging.  And it hints that either I should dampen my enthusiasm or amplify it.  The former feels like folding and cutting my losses and the  latter like I am doubling down for no good reason other than stubborness (and the few folks who are engaged). Since time is a zero sum reality this feels risky, assuming that Hawksey’s tool measures something more than frequency and reciprocal direction.

2. I share=you share.  This observation dovetails with the number one above, but points to another blindspot:  I assume that because someone doesn’t reciprocate, that they are not a good #digciz.  Is this true?  Is reciprocation a central principle of being a good citizen online?  I use this gif frequently to argue for that position.

Is this true?  Does the visualization measure reciprocation? Is much of what happens in a “citizenship space” hidden just like much of nature is unrevealed and often an unknown unknown? Or is lurking one of those known unknowns that we fail to account for, that is impossible to account for?

Is this visualization good enough to be a roadmap?  I don’t think so for one main reason–it doesn’t take into account emotion.  Venkatesh Rao has some striking comments on this idea:

60/ Uncertainty shows up as felt emotions: anxiety at being late, exhilaration at beating odds, felt freedom at being early, anger at being betrayed, gratitude for being unexpectedly aided.

61/ Your roadmap is simply the landscape of upcoming known-unknowns (including, crucially, around people/trust) made legible enough for your instinctive management behaviors to kick in. 

62/ For this to happen, they must provide a sense of subjective proportion/importance in ways that cue emotional responses to people, events, and new information. 

63/ A roadmap that does not evoke emotion is not a roadmap.

I could argue that this viz amounts to a trust map, but only in the vaguest of ways. Frequency and double-headed arrows don’t equal trust.

3. I think the ultimate blindspot I am finally seeing is that engagement is risky.  It is a risk you choose to take or not.  I am used to giving away my self and go hang the risk, but when confronted with the roadmap visualization above I have to ask whether or not to keep on down this road with this map.  When you reach 60, this is not an idle question.

What I have decided, as John Boyd once remarked, is to fight the enemy, not the terrain.  Fight the blindspot, not the roadmap.  I will carry on for awhile with #digciz with a measure of leeriness and worldly weariness and some forced cheeriness, hoping that the game is worth the candle.

 

 

Newsletter 4 a Second Coming

Terry Elliott’s Newsletter
Sun, Apr 23

I love the smell of collapse in the morning.

Not a bad attitude, just clear aptitude. I see the wave rising, curling, and………….BTW, why do they call these things bubbles? Is it because the economic system has little going for it structurally except the surface tension of belief? Yup.

‘The Retail Bubble Has Now Burst’: A Record 8,640 Stores Are Closing In 2017
Zero Hedge – Apr 22, 4:50 PM

“Thousands of new doors opened and rents soared. This created a bubble, and like housing, that bubble has now burst.” Richard Hayne, Urban Outfitters CEO, March 2017 The devastation in the US retail sector is accelerating in 2017,”

Comment: ‘[E]stimates that there could be more than 8,640 store closings this year, which will be higher than the historical 2008 peak of approximately 6,200 store closings’ Had to happen sooner or later. Even the shitty jobs are going away. Zombie retail space

John Deere just told the copyright office that only corporations can own property, humans can only license it
Boing Boing – Cory Doctorow – Apr 22, 6:22 AM

John Deere has turned itself into the poster-child for the DMCA, fighting farmers who say they want to fix their own tractors and access their data by saying that doing so violates the 1998 law’s prohibition on bypassing copyright locks. Deere’s…

Comment:  Just like only corporations can go bankrupt, but students can’t. Corporations are people, students are not. Res ipse loquitur (Latin for “the thing speaks for itself”) This argument needs to stamped out with size 20 boots and then incinerated. DNA next?

Spying on Students: School-Issued Devices and Student Privacy
eff.org – Apr 13, 7:33 AM

Students and their families are backed into a corner. As students across the United States are handed school-issued laptops and signed up for educational cloud services, the way the educational system treats the privacy of students is undergoing…

Comment:  We teachers are playing Chopin in the Hindenburg Lounge. The hydrogen is leaking and lightning is in the air. Let’s start collecting student DNA for the coming identity chips. Maybe DeVos Schools can make a few bucks selling that info to Silicon Valley?

The Student Debt Crisis Is Exploding
truth-out.org – Kevin Zeese – Apr 22
Nothing Less Than a Student Debt Jubilee Will Do The level of student loan debt in the United States has risen to $1.5 trillion, and defaults are at more than 40% of debtors and rising. Student loan debt has grown to overwhelm all other categories…

Comment: What happens when the retail bubble and the student loan bubble meet? Magnitudes of complexity, that’s what. Or as Lady Macbeth would have it, that future is murky. For all the kool kidz out there that means not good.

Tay Zonday talks ‘Chocolate Rain’ on its 10th anniversary
popj.ca – Giselle Melanson Tattrie – Apr 17
April 22, 2007.

It was a landmark day for YouTube as University of Minnesota graduate student, Adam Bahner — going by the moniker “Tay Zonday” — decided to upload an original music video titled “Chocolate Rain…”

Comment: Oh ‘Chocolate Rain’ man, where art thou? He is interviewed here and has some pretty profound things to say about Internet property, music online and the train wreck that is modern journalism. Profundity ratio: 91/100

SCOTT GALLOWAY: Investing in Snap is something ‘no one responsible should ever do
Business Insider – Apr 18, 4:44 PM

Scott Galloway is a marketing professor at the NYU Stern School of Business and the founder of business intelligence firm L2. Galloway stopped by Business Insider to talk about the biggest names in tech. In this clip he talks about why he thinks…

Comment:  If this is true, then this Zuckerberg dude IS the embodiment of evil AND modern stock valuations are untethered null fields, the ultimate sinkhole for stupid capital. Oh boy. Rollercoasters. Hell ride. No seat belts in the loop-the-loop.

Get darker?

Johnny Cash-The_Man_Comes Around

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ME9XpnQiU-8 And I heard as it were the noise of thunder One of the four beasts saying come and see and I saw And behold a white horse There’s a man going around taking names And he decides who to free and who to blame Everybody won’t be treated all the same There’ll be a golden ladder reaching down When the Man comes around The hairs on your arm will stand up At the terror in each sip and in each sup Will you partake of that last offered cup?

Get lighter?

The Wailin’ Jennys – Apocalyps Lullaby with Lyrics

another pretty wailin’ jennys’ song.