I’m one of many people having a blast listening to and helping to program Radio ds106 (widget on the sidebar)… While at first glance it is something that seems superfluous and even gratuitous (“…a course with its own radio station?”) its provided a fun means for people to collaborate in a loose yet integrated way, connect in real time, and I suspect it will provide a fine platform for the synchronous elements of the course as it proceeds (live events are being planned).
I was going to post some suggestions for people who want to contribute to the stream, but it’s clear that people already get it. All I’d say is listen for a while before uploading, and keep the files reasonably short so as not to hog the vibe.
Huge, mad props to Station Manager Grant for making this happen, to our teacher for the vision, and to everyone who has added to the mix (especially those who’ve added their own original and/or remixed stuff). I’m genuinely shocked how compelling a listen #ds106 has been dishing out.
One observation. Earlier today Martin Weller tweeted:
If we thought to ask permission, none of us could do this… Which to me sums up what is truly great about #ds106. WE know we are learning and connecting… even if it is not so much breaking all the rules as ignoring them altogether. Take a peek at the posts… a lot people are getting a lot out of this experience already, and all of us are discovering talented and very groovy new peers. We’re trying new things, sharing what we are learning, having lots of laughs, and rocking it out.
I grew very tired of the rhetoric around edupunk a couple years ago… “Is edupunk about the Sex Pistols or The Clash?” “Can a middle-aged working professional be any kind of punk?” BLECHHH But this experience strikes me as edupunk in the very best sense… in the broader set of practices (such as steampunk or cyberpunk) articulated last year by Bruce Sterling:
The term “-punk” doesn’t mean that people are historical counterculture punks, musicians with razor-blades and torn clothing. It means that people are using modern social networks to route around established disciplines, so as to appropriate technical knowledge for their various street-level purposes. That practice is not old-fashioned. That practice is intensifying. It will go on no matter what names it has.
We’re three weeks in to a fascinating and very fun experiment, and it is never too late to join in…