"Pummeled by a Deluge"

Rebecca Blood, a lifetime ago in Internet time, :

We are being pummeled by a deluge of data and unless we create time and spaces in which to reflect, we will be left with only our reactions.

And when I read Dean yesterday talking of owning one’s space to share one’s words, and then Tony’s post about the value of Twitter, I am reminded that I lean on Dean’s side of this conversation.  Twitter is to relationships as wheel decals are to roller skates. Nice to have and to use, but far from essential.

Twitter is the spice that flavors what you’re putting on the table.  It might be the after dinner snack.  It may well be the connective tissue that flavors the stew1.  But it’s not the meal.  It’s part of the deluge2, and we must push against it,  building spaces where we can be thoughtful.


  1. Because you just needed one more awkward meal metaphor in there, didn’t you? []
  2. At least sometimes. []

10 thoughts on “"Pummeled by a Deluge"

  1. If by pushing against, you mean we need we need to be mindful of twitter… i agree with you. It does not, by itself, control us in the same way that a book does. A book controls the way that we think, the order we do it in, and the length of time (assuming we give it or have it) that we think on a certain thing. Twitter hands that all over you. You may dabble in connections to a million things… each in themselves as deep and dense as that book, as misplaced as a joke whose context you aren’t invited to, mean, fun, light or meaningless.

    It requires agency.
    dave cormier´s last blog post ..Change MOOC ebook – The textbook as product and artifact

  2. Hi Bud,
    I appreciate you taking some time to read my post. I should say, right from the start that I don’t fully disagree with either your or Dean. I do think that both of you are right in that blogs are where our deepest thinking occurs. The are the “meal.”

    But, aren’t the spices, garnishes, and small details that help make that meal complete?

    For me, Twitter simply allows me to fill in the gaps, to provide (over time) multiple dimensions to the people I”m connected with. For example, you tweeted out a wonderfully sweet tweet about your breakfast with your daughter this morning. As much as I respect what you write and share in this space (and I think your work around engchat is terrific), knowing that you were spending this morning with your daughter provided a small, yet meaningful glimpse into who you are beyond this space. It softens the edges and rounds you out as a person. For me, that is important.
    Tony Baldasaro´s last blog post ..Blogging, Tweeting, and Relationships

    1. I agree personal shares can add value to our connected learning. It’s sharing other aspects of our brains & lives. Too much can be a turn off, but I think sprinkles now and then add welcome depth & texture.

      1. Hi Wes,
        Your right, too much is a turn off, but I think that is relative to what is provided of value to one’s network. For example, I share quite a bid of tweets that some would consider to be personal in nature, but I hope that I provide value for those discussing education, SM, technology and leadership to the point that they see those other tweets as being the spice and garnish to the meal.

        For those folks who provide immense value (like yourself, Bud, Dean, etc) I provide more latitude for those tweets that some may deem unnecessary. Then again, to know what is too much for a person means that you really know that person, which takes time and a commitment to develop some level of a relationship.
        Tony Baldasaro´s last blog post ..Blogging, Tweeting, and Relationships

  3. I pretty sure I don’t need spaces in which to be thoughtful as my life is thoughtful in ways I am thoughtful. I’m not trying here to be clever in some semantic sleight of hand. Rather, I believe this to be about choice–how we choose to live. There’s lots I don’t do (more and more each day). Being mindful is a daily choice. I do some things to help me remember this and perhaps that’s the spaces you are referencing. For example, I think zen walking helps me to get clear. Making art, especially when I am deep in, allows me to experience time as relative matter.

    Nothing external to me allows/forbids me from being thoughtful as being responsible for self and other does. So long as I have agency, breath (they may be the similar in some foundational ways) I have choice.

    My task: is to recall that when I have forgotten. (Then a bit of zen walking is ever sweet).
    Mary Ann Reilly´s last blog post ..Down and Out: America

    1. Agency is tonight’s word of the night. As it should be. And, yeah – walking. Art. Writing. These are the making spaces. That’s the mindfulness I’m talking about. Or fumbling towards.


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