We are left then, with a small group elitist new media users, trying to build consultancy around the tools, and telling others how wonderful they are. What has social media actually done? Very, very little. The reason? Social media is about flow, not substance
Much of my productive learning is completely solitary and I’ve spent far too much time in my life, in wasteful, long-winded social contexts, like classrooms, training rooms, lecture theatres, meeting and conference rooms, learning little or nothing.
Does deeper work occur in social media? It really depends on where you look and who you connect with. If you use social media primarily as a broadcast media (and many people do) then no, you are likely only accessing shallow content. But, if you can find a smaller group of people who are interested and willing to engage in a topic, then yes, you can use social media for deeper discussions. You just have to find the right connections, which is not necessarily an easy task.
With all the information and people that are available to us, it can be tempting to ride on the learning of others without doing any learning of your own.
Geez I’m tired of all this techy tools’ talk. A large portion of the e-learning industry has decided to become experts on DIY tools rather than experts on learning. Hundreds of the damn things are being showered upon us, discussed, and of course, mostly ignored and discarded. A huge amount of energy is being diverted towards techy tools
But I’m wondering whether it is information overload that is the problem. Isn’t it more a lack of understanding about what we mean by connectivity and what role connectivity should play in our lives and learning? It seems that it is often interpreted that more connectivity is better – more connectivity means more learning, more connectivity means being able to keep up. But is this true? Would an answer to this question sort out the information overload problem?