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To be weary of one’s own ideology

Periodically, I get somewhat weary of my own ideas. Happened with blogs/wikis once they hit “mainstream”. After years of dialoguing on the nature of learning networks, I’m now starting to encounter the ideas we explored in the edublog space in more popular resources: The guru is dead, long live the network – “In such an environment, do we really need gurus or intellectual thought leaders anymore? In the ‘business model’ of the open source operating system Linux, there is no guru. It’s distributed intelligence.”
I’m not quite comfortable with the pendulum swing from “it’s all about the guru” to “it’s all about the network”. The whole point of networks (for me at least) is that ideas/concepts live and die on their own merit (i.e. who links and contributes to them) not on the person originating the idea (as in a hierarchy). While networks may not have a guru, they are subject to power laws. In the end, certain nodes in a network become central, acquiring an unusually large number of links. Networks have gurus as any other structure does…the difference is that the network guru is subject to feedback and holds her/his position based on continued valuable contributions. Network gurus are being made and remade regularly – their position is held based on merit, not on a system that doesn’t reflect the feedback of the constituents it serves.