As I read my #DigCiz column in Tweetdeck, I find it to be a teflon mess. What is #DigCiz trying to do? Is this theoretical work on the nature of digital citizenship or practice in the discipline of digital hospitality? Both? Neither? Signal? Noise?
“DigCiz is a conversation centered around questions of persons, environments, and shared experience as they relate to ideas of Digital Citizenship.”
- “practices of digital belonging and digital kinship.”
- “hidden immigrants”
- “telling stories”
I guess I wanted something very different. I wanted more deliberate practice. Conversation is not leading to me practicing digital hospitality. I have done a lot of facilitating online and that is one form of hospitality, but I am not seeing much on how to practice digital hospitality. The discussion so far has been pretty theoretically top-heavy with lots of folks blasting out lots of signals to the point where it just becomes noise–to me.
So that those involved don’t consider this a condemnation and get defensive, I admit I misunderstood what #DigCiz was mostly about. That’s my problem. I came to it with an expectation that it might be more than a ‘conversation’. I should have come to it with a better filter, a filter that was looking for practice and deliberate practice about, for example, digital hospitality. My mistake.
My next step is to re-engage with the ‘noise’ so as to tease out the signal of deliberate practice. I am not very heartened so far. Who knew hospitality was so fraught with academic guild chatter and anger? My first stop will be to find the concierges and see what they have to say.
I will also try to practice my core commitment to honoring those who invited me and those who are sharing.