Weller (2006), ‘The distance from isolation: why communities are the logical conclusion in e-learning’.’In this article Weller argues that the internet has technological features of openness, robustness and decentralisation, and these are also its social values. These values are evident in the adoption of popular internet applications.’
Interesting how the author uses inexact networking terminology to support his reasoning.
1. To what extent do you agree with the central hypothesis that the technological features of the internet are reflected in the social features?
Napster had these three features, but on the other hand iTunes may not be considered so open and decentralised. Although I sympathise with the open source movement, I cannot agree with the author’s claim that it is more robust (eg Microsoft Office vs Open office)
Internet tools may be used and useful in various ways but do all internet technologies have these three features?
2. Can this hypothesis be extended to other technologies?