In “From YouTube to Youniversity,” Henry Jenkins takes a look at how online collaboration offers a new model for education.
Jenkins argues that networked culture is enabling a new form of bottom-up power. Cory Doctorow refers to the groups that form in this way as “adhocracies,” social and political organizations with few fixed structures or established relationships and a minimum hierarchy and maximum diversity.
Jenkins applies these concepts to the traditional university system, with its rigid departmental structures. He advocates a “Youniversity” model, in which expertise can be quickly assembled and deployed across dynamically shifting academic fields.
Facebook’s ever-blossoming galaxy of groups and pages are great examples of adhocracies. Did MySpace and Friendster allow for this organic growth of collaborative groups?
This blog includes a series of posts that stem from readings and other source materials in the Fall 2011 “Collaboration in Networked Environments” at The New School. For more Collaboration: Key Concepts posts, click here.