collective intelligence and cyberdemocracy


The collective intelligence article I thought was really cool. It's always interesting to me to see how people are theorizing that big changes (culture, social organiztion) take place in relation to information flow and technology. While I felt like I would probably like to have some more examples pointed out to me before I accepted the theory outright, it occurred to me that we might be on the cusp of this transformation still. Nevertheless, I felt that some of Levy's points about the ways in which this new collective intelligence would have an impact on our identity resonated with some of our in class discussions.

I'm quite curious to know what a truly "postmodern" system of politics but this might be better coffee table chat than actual scholarship since you have to reject so many fundamental precepts to get there. Some of the issues with gender and race hierarchies in cyberspace show up here again and I do wonder if it might be worth talking about the way language affects these things? The point we raised in class that these issues are a symptom of the society creating the internet and not the medium itself seemed to come through very clearly here, and I began to agree with Nakamura's point about thoughtful constructions of race in cyberspace as an impetus to a way to interact more positively while keeping race and gender in mind.