|PoSR graphic ©1978-2014 Sally A Applin & Michael D Fischer|
Such is our polysocial reality, mine in particular navigating and crossing back and forth across interest domains and social media. Turns out too that PolySocial Reality (PoSR) is a cross-disciplinary sub-domain that
...describes the condition of information flowing in a system in multiple ways at multiple times and how people, software, and machines act on it (or not)....People and things act on information at the same (synchronous) or different (asynchronous) times. This creates different outcomes such as a lack of understanding, or partial understanding which can lead to more messages needing to be created or messages not being received as well as sociability though mediated devices at the expense of the local locale. These conditions can lead to a lack of cooperation....Each person in the network possesses a perspectual intersection of many potential resources for information and interaction, only some of which can be instantiated in a given instance, considering constraints of time, cognitive capacity, and mutual exclusion.That's academia and the knowledge game for you: there is a discipline for everything. If there is also an app for everything, we could all use the app for this one. Both sets, social media activism and PoSR remind me of Clifford Geertz ~ tech mediated: "suspended in webs of significance" we have spun with (more than) a little help from our friends, IT and social media. Such is the stuff digital identities are made of.
Bonnie's talk was
...about how social media amplifies all aspects of who we are and what we think and believe, and reflects society’s power relations as much as it also actively tries to shape them. I talked about how the stories we tell ourselves about technologies are often deterministic, even scapegoating, focusing blame on gadgets rather than on ourselves. It was a culture talk, a structure talk, and a history talk, in addition to being a social media talk. I was proud of it.So let's use it right, to do the right thing, and not get carried away by power relationships, control games or getting even.