Every other sentence in this post is going to be a disclaimer that I am NOT criticizing the newest efforts of the ds106 course being drawn out by Michael B Smith. Can I repeat– I am NOT criticizing the newest efforts of the ds106 course being drawn out by Michael B Smith. Once more– I am NOT criticizing the newest efforts of the ds106 course being drawn out by Michael B Smith.
One can tell from the opening that Journey to the Center of the Internet is going to be something cinematic, weird, and open ended, all of my favorite ingredients. It is everything that your typical online course locked inside a Bbox is not, everything that most other of these spray of newly minted MOOCs are not.
At the same time, I could only follow the Summer of Oblivion madness from the ds106 summer, so I only got a taste of what the mad reverend spawned.
And I did miss the DTLT discussion of the future of ds106 in Fall 2011 (but watched it recently on DTLT).
So here is a fence I am sitting on.
It seemed to me there is a tacit assumption that ds106 needs a narrative, a story like Dr Oblivion.
Is that so?
Do not get me wrong, what was woven with the Dr Oblivion saga was wonderfully weird (etc, you know my favorite stuff) and suspended out there past the cutting edge. But does it set up an expectation that this is needed to tie the course together? Might it also possibly, I hate almost to say… get in the way? Can it potentially overwhelm the creativity part?
Hear me out- the first iteration of ds106 as an open course, Spring of 2011– was a raging success, but lacked a narrative; to me it was all about a continued flow of people just being creative where and when they could. To me it was more of an open studio experience than a course.
So during the summer of Oblivion, I was not able to follow much because of travel and lacking the ability to follow along. Not being part of the narrative, to me, makes it harder to dip in and out as people did in ds106 1.0 (I did hear Michael describe that he was aiming for this sort of approach, almost that the narrative was optional).
Once more- don’t get me wrong, the narrative is fascinating, and seems to apply for a space of exploring identity, or a social media course, a digital culture course. I wonder though, for a course or space of open creativity, if it is really critical?
Once more I am NOT criticizing the newest efforts of the ds106 course being drawn out by Michael B Smith.I am NOT criticizing the newest efforts of the ds106 course being drawn out by Michael B Smith.I am NOT criticizing the newest efforts of the ds106 course being drawn out by Michael B Smith.
In fact I will follow it as much as I can.
Do not take this as a criticism, and frankly we are inventing this stuff as we go– I want to hear ideas on this.
Maybe I would rather chase red trucks while everyone else plays ball or naps.
The post "The ds106 Narrative Fence" was originally slapped on the butt by a cigar smoking doctor yelling "It's a post!" at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2011/09/s106-narrative-fence/) on September 11, 2011.