Thursday, January 20, 2005

P2P theology

I am assuming that the point of this blog is to seek to process our work together, not just Q/A after a spoken presentation, but by interaction as the work is formed. In seeking this aim, here is some "processing."

My topic is P2P theology; colloborative learning in community. First introduction here.

Grid blogging: is a fascinating example.
"Grid blogging aims to investigate the potentials of a distributed media production model spread across blogosphere nodes. It seeks to ignite attention on specific topics at set times through variegated voices. A kind of decentralised flash mobbing for the mind, if you like. Decentralisation is key here. Unlike single collaborative blogging structures that unite discussions under the same URL, Grid blogging is about synchronized guerrilla publishing attacks carried out across a series of online locations. It respects and heightens the individual voice within a media-wise choir. It allows for idea-jamming and mosaics of diverse perspectives to emerge unfettered."

December 1, the word brand was blogged on by 66 bloggers around the world. It was picked up in Brazil and Slovenia. It was used in communities of interest, 8 emergingchurch blogs, 5 in the coaching. It "drew attention to the multiple facets that make up any issue of substance in these complexity-ridden times." (Ashleyb)

On January 15, the word ritual was blogged around the world.

It seeded and mutated. Project 365 became a visual grid blog, a photo a day for a year. It became theological. It was used as a way of talking around "gospel." Advent grid blog invited contributions on each Sunday of advent, using the words "seek", "stretch", "source", "union" as metaphors (note to self: you, Steve Tayor, seeded this mutant. Is there any value in a piece of research that quotes your own work!).

Grid blogging works with contemporary communication. It is collobarative. It is distributed. It is open. Anyone can participate.

Grid blogging also works against the grain of contemporary communication. Grid blogging allows multiple perspectives on a single issue. It introduces complexity, working against the "headlining" or "RSS feeding" of issues. Grid blogging encourages planning. It works against the "instant" nature of blogging, the "oh, this is what I ate for breakfast," by inviting the person to plan their contribution.