Sharing has come a long way from just toys.

Have you ever re-blogged a photo on Tumblr, re-tweeted on Twitter, or shared an article or photo on Facebook? Where did it come from? Who uploaded it? People are sharing what they find on the internet with like-minded people because they want to show others what they find. Do you share?

As a child you are taught (well, hopefully) that sharing is good manners and then in turn you will share your toys with your friends. So therefore, the internet is just one big toy we are sharing. The idea of sharing what we know and find with others can be referred to as a network. In Afterword, Why networks matter (2004), Manuel Castells reflects on our society as being a “networked society,” made up of many different paths on which information travels to get to intended recipients. We are all connected somehow, technology connects many by the way of the internet. We can experience events in real time, as opposed to much slower forms such as a telegram and other forms of dead media.

Castells’ chapter is a complex and informative piece of writing, and it is challenging to comprehend. Although he used elaborate academic language, I noticed he started a sentence with the word ‘but.’ This surprised me as the it came across as a very intellectual article and deserved a thorough edit.

The article has an open access license which is allowing the article to be accessible free of charge on the internet, with the intention of circulating the work while not affecting the ownership of the content. A prime example of a networked society. Someone says, “I have an idea”, they write it down, it gets circulated, others learn, some people are pushed to think and therefore learn from what they read (all the DIGC202 students who read Castells’ chapter!) and so it goes on.

Reflecting on what I have learnt this past week has been a learning curve for me and has given me an opportunity to see the internet as not just a tool for information but something that will continue teaching me. Our networked society enables us to continue this learning.

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3 responses to “Sharing has come a long way from just toys.

  1. “We are all connected somehow”… This is so very true! Such a great point to highlight, as it really emphasizes the amazing opportunities for which we have technology to thank. I am constantly thankful for the capabilities networking provides such as online interaction, entertainment, education and so forth. However I seem to look past the fundamental notion behind it all – sharing. We really are living in a networked society as Castells says, constantly connecting and sharing globally thanks to the amazing networks of present society. It’s now so hard to imagine life without it all!
    Btw, nice pick up on the grammar! 😛

  2. it was really interesting reading about how these net worlds have been around forever! it seems the internet has helped us realise how reliable society is on networking and how connected we all actually are, when indeed we have always been.

  3. I love your concept of sharing but it makes me question, is anyone original anymore? i to, find myself with the urge to repost funny/embarassing photos on facebook again for a laugh to share with my friends but that was no longer my idea, i have copied but did the person that put the picture up. copy as well. is anyone original anymore. As time goes by and peoples thoughts and ideas are bounced around so freely on the internet i find that it is rare to have an original thought; everyone has thoughts but every thought could be related back to context which influenced that thought so is it really that INDIVIDUALS thought anymore or is it just someone else’s regurgitated thought..i feel as online presence is making society lose it originality.

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