Sher Doruff’s “The Translocal Event” emphasizes the role of play/interplay as an attractor of collective action. A core question here: If the code (such as the code that a network is based upon) is fixed, how can something as spontaneous and rule-bending as play emerge? A solution space in computer-mediated play may simply point to open architectures in distributed compositional applications.
One takeaway here is that social networks are most effective when they encourage play, such as “Mafia Wars” and “Farmville” (distributed compositional applications) on Facebook. Or merely being able to “poke” someone. Does Google+ have this? Does it need this?
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.