The New Paradigm

Wow! I look at my stats and people are actually reading this! This is a brainstroming page for all my thoughts on something I plan to write about the paradigm shift that technology is fostering in our society.

The revolution* will not be televised - it will be blogged, podcast, videocast and mobcast.

*i.e. the revolution to a new paradigm


1. When I was a teenage boy at school I remember wondering what the relevance of everything we were learning was. It didn't seem relevant to me (and it's turned out that alot of it wasn't relevant), and I couldn't work out why I was expected to spend all my time cramming my head full of facts/data (memorise) that in the real world I could go to the bookshelf, library and (now - much later) Internet for any info/data I need.

All the HSC proved was that I could study for tests, and I don't think that's a very useful skill in the "real world"!

2. There is a paradigm shift occurring
  • Tools are bringing about change in the way we socialise, communicate, research and gather information, think, teach and learn, collaborate.
  • Made possible(? visible) by the internet and digital media
  • Affecting media (blogging vs journalism, podcasting vs radio), entertainment (file sharing music, movies etc), software (FOSS - Firefox, Open Office), education, knowledge management (libraries, folksonomy).

3. This is about freedom and honouring and respecting the independence and autonomy (and wisdom) of the individual to choose. (Trusting the social mores/etiquettes and developed social rules to maintain order - teachers needing to take on role as conflict resolution experts - just normal social skills).


  • Open-ness and transparency
  • Sharing & the Gift Economy (Open Content and Access)
  • Non-hierarchical (the networked web)
  • Consumers/creators distinction lost

Technological Trends

The Unwired Web

  • Affect of ubiquitous wireless access
  • Affordable mobile devices

Rip-mix-burn Culture

  • Sampling
  • Creative Commons
  • Everything becomes customisable
  • Create your own playlist


  • File swapping - now music, tomorrow video - entertainment companies trying to control the uncontrollable - old paradigm (ownership based on physical world)

Accessible Media Creation Tools

  • For several thousand dollars anyone can start their own online newspaper, radio show, TV station or music studio and publish/broadcast their content/views etc. to the world.
  • Digital cameras, audio recording gear, video cameras, editing software, blogs.


From Passive Consumer to Creator/Producer/Distributor/Consumer

  • The read/write web
  • Citizen media
  • Citizen journalism & broadcasting
  • Personal media revolution - gap between the professional media and citizen/amateur media is closing. The distinction / dividing line is starting to blur.
  • Amateurisation and democratisation of media
  • Means of production and distribution in hands of citizens
  • Anyone has the technology to create quality content and distribute it globally for little or no cost:
    * Blogging vs. journalism
    * Professional photography vs. digital and moblogging
    * Podcasting vs. radio
    * Vcasting vs. film/TV
  • Although they may not have talent/skill/training to use technology adequately
  • DIY music studios/creation/editing/production distribution
  • Participatory culture
  • Consumer culture
  • Recommendation marketing

From broadcast Culture to Nichecast

  • From one-to-many to many-to-many
  • Moving away from lowest-common-denominator broadcast media
  • Cutting out the middle-man (e.g. music industry)
  • From monoculture to The Long Tail
  • Challenge to mainstream media

Open Source Philosophy

  • The gift economy
  • FOSS
  • Open content - education (re-useable learning objects)
  • Open science & research

  • Immoral to withold knowledge which should be of value to others for financial gain. Stifles creativyt & growth

Challenges to authority/establishment

  • Transparency in government
  • Accountability & fact-checking in journalism by bloggers
  • The transparent organisation/business
  • Why does honesty hurt?
  • Teachers threatened by the new online/blogging paradigm - their materials and work open for scrutiny by superiors, students, teachers, parents, those outside the institution (industry fugures)
  • Hyperlinking subverts hierarchy



  • Digital natives vs. digital immigrants
  • Millenial generation & post-millenial generation (gen y & z)
  • Generation Why, the Always On Generation and the C Generation


  • It started with people being able to give unprecedented feedback to companies via email to websites. Companies made more material, policy etc. accessible.
  • Then went to software development.

A bit of test text. Nothing to see here. Move along please! :-)