The Internet of Thinking

Matters of Fact & Matters of Concern

By Layne Hartsell

[*about the e-pamphlet due out soon]

About the pamphlet

This pamphlet is a response, a reflection, on social media, the mainstream media, and thought in society leading up to the historical election in the United States on November 8, 2016. Starting with an Al Jazeera debate between Mehdi Hasan and Slavoj Zizek, I explore matters of facts and matters of concern for how ideas and arguments, relativism, fake news, and post-truth have their effects on society. In the Digital Age there is great interest in all societies about the effects of the virtual world on the political, economic, technological, and general physical world that we share. There is also the great concern on the part of citizens about obtaining accurate information, therefore, there is motivation about how to think, sort, and select information as necessary skills for participation. This pamphlet suggests an Internet of Thinking for people to build communities of education and then to produce knowledge for their own cultural production. In that process, people will learn how to think in a better way through peer to peer (P2P) interactions both online and off. Instead of waiting for the New York Times or other culture manufacturing system to tell us what is important, P2P communities of open learning could scale up into a robust P2P system of interaction mediated via ICT and create their own education, culture, and a better society overall.

Layne Hartsell, November 21, 2016

[Keywords: Internet of Reading; universal education; open knowledge]

*The title is borrowed in part from Prof. Bruno Latour, Why Has Critique Run out of Steam? From Matters of Fact to Matters of Concern. Source: Critical Inquiry, Vol. 30, No. 2 (Winter 2004), pp. 225 — 248.

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