A Protological Society
In this unlecture the speculation around an emerging protological society would make the common phrase by our elders “that young people have no manners” defunct.
Here’s a quick summary of the discussion of protocol that took place:
The Internet was never that democratic to start with, although it is democratic in the sense that it is flat, and everything is equally far apart. But it’s inception was never democratic for physical reasons, such as that it was born in California, is predominantely in the English language etc. Partly, also because it came out of academia. The humanities has adopted a culture of critique. As Adrian said, “we misjudge making as just critiquing someone else”. Face to face academic conversations are polite because they are humanised and personalised – manners are harder to ignore. But online they aren’t. There were strict protocols around academic conversation on the net, but it wasn’t democratic.
A protological approach arises when things become shared thus we all have a responsibility. Protocols describe the way communication happens between two people, thus manners are protocol.The thing about the internet and protocols is that they are always negotiable. Internet rules are worked out through the world wide web consortium, W3C. Everyone who is a part of this gets one vote – so google gets the same as someone who fronts up the 10 grand to join. As Adrian said, no government goes close to the democratic-ness of this system.
Bringing it all back to right now, education is currently a surveillance mode of teaching. Nwtworked media is an attempt at working out a protological method. So this is why much of our assessment is using trust networks and reputation networks, a very timely reminder in these last few weeks when we start to find more to dislike in uni, i.e. 4 50% assignments all due in the one week.