Get in; we’re building stuff! no invite is required! it’s open source

Open source software is something that has always fascinated me, after all, the internet is open source, without the altruistic nature of the web, it may have been an ultra-exclusive club that could have made a select few people very… anyway..

My understanding of communities of practice is they are mostly respect-based, especially in the coding arena, but learning more about them this week, I realise that they are indeed respect and reputation based but they are by no means elitist. There are ways and means to navigate within them, facing your fear of imposter syndrome and making a valiant effort to upkeep something like an open-source software project is a great way to get involved.

Expert knowledge in the information age is more important than ever, prosthetic knowledge is widespread and although very helpful, not a very powerful tool to build communities. Having to use a quick fix guide to learn/teach something each time vs having years of experience and therefore having a hierarchy of cultural relativism; the latter will suffice.

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Huge swathes of the population have missed out on the start of a new state of globalisation, globalization 3.0, mainly because they have not known how to get involved; Or maybe more on point, WHERE to get involved? the virtual realm has many communities that have a huge barrier to entry.

“At a broader level, the virtual and actual stand in an ‘inter-indexical relationship’ (Inoue 2003: 327); it is through the general gap between them that the emerging socialities so in need of anthropological investigation are taking form. As online socialities grow in number, size and genre, the density and rapidity of these digital transactions across the inter-indexical gap between virtual and actual increase exponentially. Like standing back from a pointillist painting, it appears that the dots have blurred into brush strokes. But no matter how high the resolution, when one looks carefully, one sees the discreteness of the dots as well as the gaps of white space that allow them to convey meaning. This recalls how no matter how fast a computer becomes, no matter how quickly millions of Os and is stream by, millions of gaps will stream by as well, for the computer’s functioning depends on the gaps themselves (Horst and Miller, 2017)”

The idea of seeking out an online community of practice that is bridged in an inter-indexical relationship with reality; makes me feel like finding one that is based in a pub! so as to have a fixed real-world location as a starting point, maybe then, after a pint, we can don the virtual headsets and get creating.

Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard C.E.O. says of the last 25 years in technology, have just been “the warm-up act.” Now we are going into the main event, she said, “and by the main event, I mean an era in which technology will truly transform every aspect of business, of government, of society, of life.”

Make no mistake, those 25 years have been forged with bundles of digital anthropology, much of which still exists but is hard to revisit in the sense of traditional anthropology.

The challenge activities have taught me the importance of critical reflection; additionally the importance of being in the University class, which in itself is a community of practice.

I would say that I moulded my rapid ideation sprint 2 product on my understanding that I forged being involved with the HEX community that I mention in the week 9 challenge activity. I saw a big requirement for the need to secure your cyber identity when interacting with Web3 wallets, based on how much cyber security and cyber identity were mentioned in the telegram chats.

References

Friedman, T. (2005). It’s a Flat World, After All. The New York Times. [online] 3 Apr. Available at: https://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/03/magazine/its-a-flat-world-after-all.html.

‌Inoue, M. 2003. Speech without a Speaking Body: ‘Japanese Women’s Language’ in Translation. Language and Communication 23(3/4): 315-30.

‌Horst, H.A. and Miller, D. (2017). Digital anthropology. London: Bloomsbury.