Power of the multitude: using social media for collaborative research

Thayne, Martyn (2012) Power of the multitude: using social media for collaborative research. International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, 9 (8). pp. 25-30. ISSN 1550-6908

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Emerging from an analysis of what Andreas Wittel (2001) has termed ‘networked sociality’, this paper explores a number of ways in which online social networking platforms can be utilised by academics, and suggests the key features of these digital technologies must be seen as important educational, sociological and informational tools. This article contends that digital platforms are increasingly designed to harness the power of the user-base, with Hardt and Negri’s concept of ‘the multitude’ being introduced to further analyse collaborative action in contemporary networked societies. Through the detailed analysis of social bookmarking services like Delicious, I argue that the current technological environment may enable the efficient dissemination of ideas amongst vast communities of researchers, who together can contribute and create new ways of thinking, teaching and learning.

Keywords:Network Society, Web 2.0, Research, Information Sharing, Collective Intelligence, Social Bookmarking
Subjects:X Education > X210 Research skills
X Education > X200 Research and Study Skills in Education
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P413 Publishing via the World Wide Web
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P110 Information Management
G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G420 Networks and Communications
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Media)
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Deposited On:08 Apr 2013 11:48

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