Connections Through History or Its The Network Stupid!

Yesterday we spent part of our day following the Battle Road in Minute Man National Historic Park In Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts (click on my Flickr badge below to see a few photos from there). This is where the American Revolution started. The battle between the Colonists and British Redcoats started with Paul Revere’s famous ride … which was about getting communications out to Concord because the British were on their way to destroy munitions stored there. Once the first shots were fired the Americans followed along the road the Redcoats were trying to travel back to Boston and safety, and continually harassed and attacked them. The communications here centered on lamps in the belfry of a church and riding horseback to deliver the message in person.

I’m sitting in my hotel room in Philadelphia and in the last hour I signed up for Ning, caught up with what everyone in my Twitter account was up to today, almost made a connection with Steve Dembo on his cruise-ship using Skype (he let us know over Twitter we were no longer needed to check his connection because he had had so many replies to his Twit request) and I just got off a video-conference with Dean Shareski who is in Amish country with his family (where we go next on our trip) asking me questions about what to do in Boston and New York where we just came from. He let me know he was available to Skype through his … guess … that’s right Twitter. Is this a network or what!?

The talk of late in the edblognetwork has been about the network – and I’m more than inclined to agree that much of the educational power is there. But I’m on vacation and so I’ll have to talk more about this in a later post.

Before closing I must mention that I’ve read the introduction and most of the first chapter to “Cult of the Amateur” … I would have gotten farther, but I’ve found myself writing so many notes in the margins … and I get so … so… #!#@$!!!! … peeved at some of his nonsense and faulty thinking that I have to put it down and catch my breath. I wish I could get a discussion going about it now … but I’m on vacation. When I’m back though WATCH OUT!

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One Response to Connections Through History or Its The Network Stupid!

  1. Ryan Bretag says:

    Hey Brian:

    I hear you about the CoftheA. I did some heavy annotations but there were some interesting points that we should be discussing raised early in the book on top of the other “stuff” being thrown out. Honestly, what a great book to do a rhetorical analysis on, eh?

    I know you weren’t able to join us for the Book Chat in SL, but make sure to check out the chat log over at The Bloggers Cafe. I’ll be adding it to the cultofamateur.wikispaces.com discussion area, too.

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