via her twitter bio:
learner and writer and social media fortune teller. part Lego, all cyborg.
all i know – is i can’t drop in on her site(s) and expect to own the rest of my day. swimming in her words/insight just now. grazie Bon.
find/follow her most everywhere – her sites are linked here:
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And knowers may become valued, not for their cumulative knowledge of things, but for their knowledge of how to go about knowing..
interview 2014? on networks:
love when asked about quality – when you change from one to many to many to many.. i pretty much heard her say – we need to redefine quality…
i’ve been lurking/following a lot of the amazing things Bonnie is doing these days.. but haven’t kept up with it all on here. another reason to hasten the c app ness.
but – i am adding a recent capture of her beautiful face.
from what i guess a weekend with friends and this lovely note:
“you’ll never make Real Friends on the internet,” they said.
seven years later, most of us don’t even blog anymore. but we can Real Friend the HELL out of a summer weekend.
i has best friends. RT @treensmith
@bonstewart let me know when u r home this afternoon – I am going to drop off supper to you.
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/bonstewart/status/508623294942425088
networks of care and vulnerability..
RT @courosa: Congrats to Dr. @bonstewart who successfully defended her thesis today. #drbon #phdchat << all the cheers & respect #drbon :)
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/catherinecronin/status/589074932803469312
8 min – situated knowledge – from each own particular assemblage – perspective/lens/gaze
what a lovely laugh. she has.
Beyond Alt-metrics: Identities and Influence Online, fantastic keynote session by @bonstewart #et4online #drbon https://t.co/LQ473DyUky
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/giuliaforsythe/status/591268849632313344
lured by this tweet.. which i deeply resonated with:
@ your stuff is science meets poetry. rare.
then backed into the instigating (and troubling to me – ie: using shame) post:
Shame as a tactical response to marginalization should not be needed…but if it works, let’s not focus on shutting down the very few effective means we have for speaking truth to power at scale.
knowing enough (of my ignorance and bonnie’s sensitivity) – was glad i continued reading into the comments:
We have a false equivalency problem in society right now where, having decided racism is bad, but refusing to address structural racism, we have a huge proportion of the population (and media) who accept the idea that raising the issue of race is what’s racist
I may not participate, but neither do I necessarily condemn…because the other tools of making one’s position and case known are not always available to those who don’t have power.
Those of us who teach probably need to be getting all of this stuff on our radar, messy as it is.
The way it works now on Twitter now is quite different and weird to me — for example, up above I wrote the phrase “Back during the Iraq War”. You and I know what I meant, I know you know what I meant — but without a bond — without a charity of interpretation you can score some easy points.
The other is her assertion that “shame cannot survive empathy.” I want to believe it, but wonder about how lopsided the empathy to shame ratio needs to be for that happens. Shame is easy, quick, abundant, and is effect when anonymously delivered. Empathy is difficulty, takes work, rare, and is ineffective unless done in public.
cool. Periscope brought my presentation today to Scotland. the serendipity of networks. ;) #
her first periscope broadcast.. (wish they didn’t disappear..glad i caught it before)
on no longer being able to turn handwritten papers in..
building some kind of identity/platform where people can find you.. not just consumption spaces
many to many connections key thing to get your mind around
can only make sense of it tracing node to node (to messy from god’s eye view)
just like academia networks are reputational economies..
you need to be readable by other people and to be readable you’ve to learn how to read
idea of reputation is funny… we don’t talk about it a whole lot in academy.. but hugely reputational
we learn to read the status symbols..
on the hierarchy of the academia – and now we’ve messed that up – but that’s where the money is… but increasingly.. visibility in these network spaces… is getting acknowledgement in the academy… they are having to learn to read networks
ie: 5 companies that make an absolute fortune on academic journals… labor is free.. it’s us
we can now do this ourselves.. not as expensive as it used to be.. there is already this imbalance between holding onto the journals.. and the actual stuff they do.. that can be done in network.
in the network – we can self-disseminate
asks them to google themselves.. do you come up on first page of search results..
visibility created by ongoing contribution online
on visitors and residents online – dave white:
on intersection of twitter and blogs.. as peak platform
on twitter – number of followers as a red herring..it’s not where anybody stops
internet’s own boy ness..
i think The Atlantic just finished that piece of my dissertation i never got around to. thanks, @. :)
Twitter fundamentally changed in early 2014. But how? My favorite theory of the network & company’s woes: theatlantic.com/technology/arc…
I think Stewart is identifying a new facet of this. It’s not quite context collapse, because what’s collapsing aren’t audiences so much as expectations. Rather, it’s a collapse of speech-based expectations and print-based interpretations. It’s a consequence of the oral-literate hybrid that flourishes online. It’s conversation smoosh.
singularity ness – io dance..of us.. no/all words ness
What I like about Stewart’s work isn’t just that she identifies this mechanic. She can say that conversation smoosh (which, to be very clear here, is my term) is a force shaping the network without conceding it’s entirely a bad thing.
Stewart calls the ability for marginalized groups to seize the mic “tactical Twitter.” (This is a way, way better term than “Twitter shaming,” which is what Jon Ronson and many others previously preferred to call the effect.)
I’m not sure Twitter’s volatility is inherent to Twitter’s use of the written word so much as it’s how Twitter relates to the written word.”
timely: Butler on assembly, performativity & “the differential distribution of precarity”? yes please.
Precarity is a condition of existence without predictability or security, affecting material and/or psychological welfare. Specifically, it is applied to the condition of intermittent or underemployment and the resultant precarious existence. The social class defined by this condition has been termed the precariat.
ps in the open.. perhaps we can now make security et al irrelevant..
moving in their own rhythm not as a unity but as a plurality, speaking not in the singular voice of a popular will, but the lived multiplicity and sociality that is both subject and object of politics.Vulnerability, on the other hand, indicates a condition that always requires another.Neoliberalism is the logic through which precarity is today differentially distributed. It is an insidious logic presented as a morality tale: the inability to be responsible for oneself, the inability to be self-sufficient in a world where self-sufficiency is made impossible for all but a few is read as a moral failure, and so one becomes responsible for their failure to survive in a world where survivability is at permanently at risk. And it is that which brings us back to New Orleans: even when the buses no longer run, you are still responsible for not getting out of town before the storm.Butler argues that bodies gathered together and appearing in public make a political claim to the right to appear in public, or, as she says, “making a set of claims about the right to be recognized and to be accorded a livable life.”
In appearing where they do not belong, bodies gathered together make clear the now contested conditions of their not belonging.
These appearance are, rather, a reconfiguration of the norms themselves, creating “a rift,” as Butler calls it, in the sphere of appearance, a possibly “anarchist moment or anarchist passage” that forces a redistribution of the norms by which bodies and lives are recognized and made livable.In Tahrir Square this was a matter of directly being bodies, and so the assembly and the square were organized not simply in protest, but also as a living, with room to sleep, cook, eat, shit, and heal; all shared activities, necessary for living. It was, in other words, an organization for living and living together.Which means, in another sense, that “the opposite of precarity is not security, but, rather, the struggle for an egalitarian social and political order in which livable interdependency becomes a possible.”
a set of reflections that culminates in an exploration of the question “is it possible to lead a good life in a bad life?” a question that fully embraces the difficulty of relational being, of being only by coming to be as social and historical beings. In other words, in a relational world, what can it mean to strive after the good life when life itself is shared, and shared in ways that may already be bad?
For Butler, the incompleteness of these gatherings, the openness of these bodies, the precariousness of the people, opens a critical distance between the people and the state. .. Although bodies in the street may be organized by the state, co-opted by the state, or become the state, there will always be an open remainder, an excess of bodies that will always remain outside the state, establishing a distance between the people and the state. In this way, Butler suggests, “freedom of assembly may well be a precondition of politics itself, one that presumes that bodies can move and gather in an unregulated way, enacting their political demands in a space that, as a result, becomes public, or redefines an existing understanding of the public.” And this, it seems, is the gathering together of concepts toward which these Noteshave been struggling. At this moment, in our inability to mourn, when a neoliberal organization of the state enacts an ever-increasing field of precarity, bodies gather in the street not simply to demand recognition, to claim and reclaim a common space, the social, environmental, economic, material conditions of living, but to begin again, and always again, to remember ourselves as a body politic of the living.
jan 2016 – pre interview – to talk in london at lse:
I think of identity in performative, fluid terms – as the aspects of self that make one recognizable to oneself, but also to others.
..our roles and titles seldom serve any longer – if they ever did – as sufficient calling cards for who we are.
It’s (twitter) an alternate door to professional identity, in a sense, with some very real implications for academia as a result.
it’s important that there be research that engages with the deep meanings constructed and enacted by small populations, as well as the big pictures that scale enables us to construct.
(twitter) – relevant research literally floating across your feed, from known and trusted sources. It isn’t really a new model for academic engagement – it offers many of the same types of access and benefit that associations and conferences do, but 24/7, without the gatekeeping and cost.
academic Twitter via digital identities, collapsed publics &, erm, David Bowie. my magnum opus for the LSE today. ;) slideshare.net/bonstewart/aca…
willinsky quote slide 24 (my first clip)
slide 26 – capacity to contribute to the convo..
slide 27 – bowie quote – on wanting to contribute
her talk: NetworkED: Bonnie Stewart – Academic Twitter: The Intersection of Orality & Literacy in Scholarship? (cool that willinsky quote is what shoes up)
what do publics mean – digital identity in collapsed publics..
my research has centered around twitter and identity – this mix between the two.. this collapsed area
who are we when we’re online.. when we have these digital calling cards.. et al
role vs identity – in academy.. certain signs of status.. but those are roles.. in an identity it is your job to differentiate
what’s happening to our ideas in the academy when people do – (ie: go on twitter)
online we are always serial selves – distinct/discrete windows.. snapshots..
on being selves that can be digested into diff people/spaces
our work can be shared w/others without us being part of those convos..
when you raise awareness around identity.. diff audience than when invested peers.. you become a thing – tressie
when online – quantified..
on zeynep writing in 2011 – and missing it till now.. see much more ie: on twitter…
all of this is performing.. engage in a performative sphere.. in a way that’s not always comfortable in their institution.. we’re attached to an ideal of authenticity that can be very straining…
twitter still best place still – where people who don’t know each other come together over like interests.. allowing people to find those people who do the things that they do..
twitter and academy – both very reputational
willinsky – as scholars we are enculturated to understand those signals/status – slide 24
metrics/measures online – are a beginning way online.. then rest if more of soft
on not enough money in twitter world.. so having to keep foot in both spaces.. online and academy
getting keynotes.. is reputation in academic world.. even though you got it from being out there – online
(response to q) – i’m not sure the academic/social benefits are separate
on twitter expanding that sense of .. doesn’t matter what you know but who you know.. and giving us a chance to share our knowing
sense of shared ties – on following someone because someone you trust is following them
when people get a sense that you’re in the same conversation as them..
..not quite as hierarchical.. more of identity than traditional signals
publics where audiences were not intended to know each other.. context collapse – boyd and wesch
different senses of self we dress up in everyday.. sometimes.. context collapse.. and end up in ie: wrong clothes
when we face blank cursor of status update.. these infinite selves we can bring into being.. ie: how do i engage.. we have to remember.. that 1\ our audiences are differentiated 2\ our sharing is permanent .. occasionally for academics.. this isn’t working very well
it’s a tough time to be in public sphere when we no longer have like ideas about what is ie: acceptable..
my most shared tweet: twitter is not going to get you hired.. but can get you fired.. showing we can’t have nice things..
jon ronson’s on justine and shame
what the printed word does to us.. – ong
27 min – oral society stories are always – agonistic.. what literacy brings us is a distance from stories.. we become our interiorized selves.. the person who can think apart from story being told..
you can’t innovate huge new forms of thinking.. says ong – around campfire in an oral society .. because social investment in keeping things same is so deep..
so collapse oral and written.. call it secondary literacy – online in text.. we engage in them as if they were oral.. to me.. what we’re doing.. a collapse between speech based expectations.. and print based
there is this righteousness that has currency right now.. that is a problem of this collapsed public sphere.. but.. there is always more to it. ie: voices getting out there..
on the somewhere inbetween ness.. ie: academic twitter allows participation outside hierarchy..
and these children that you spit on as they try to change their worlds are immune to your consultations. they’re quite aware of what they’re going through. – bowie
bowie quote – probably first place i encountered bowie..
in the long run.. there is a great deal to be learned from the kinds of identities happening in twitter.. in the end.. it gives us access to people. to more and more people..
any role you play.. you are still making choices..
i think privacy is becoming a luxury.. as least media et al is telling me this..
ps in the open ness
i tend to see self as .. whatever gets attached to the bag/bones skins that walks around.. so.. not just what’s reflected by me.. but by those around me… ie: i understood i was not david bowie.. but i could see (his image of something to emulate – i missed exact quote)…
q: will the informalities.. then turn into other conventions.. on it being a space of performance rather than spontaneity.. a: yes…
..we have always had identities/selves subject to judgment of others. some people choose to live entirely w/o regard for that. but we often lock those people up. seriously.
such a – eudaimoniative surplus ish – talk. talking about identity ness and modeling it (as self + others) as well. carrying on.. the loss of bowie.. so that he still is. the zoom out dance of us (io dance).. with the zoom in dance of us (2 convos) and the zoom in dance of self (self-talk as data)
bonnie: eleven years ago today, Finn was born. on another Friday afternoon, in another city, in another life.
i’m here on my couch in the sunlight. Dave is in Malaysia. the kids are with friends. my old blog is down, and the trees are no longer ours, or in our circle. and it is all okay.
but if you see a cupcake today, raise it. life is sweet, short or long. happy birthday, kid.
dave: Watched midnight click over a bunch of times over the pacific. Thinking of you and Finn and our little beasties who know what it is to be brave about sadness because of their mother.
may 2016 – excellence – the wild rumpus
Because that’s how prestige operates: that “supposed to” interpellates people and recruits them based on aspirational identity…the desire to be the sort of person who *gets* that kind of thing
The signals are stand-ins for the actual knowledge we possess……..those signals themselves get reified and the prestige accorded them comes to seem entirely natural.
(but yeh, for me personally, the Rumpus is both, for sure. i have been extraordinarily lucky in that. i’m just not entirely sure/comfortable with the idea that that’s replicable for someone else)
so… that’s our work.. no..? to make that luxury equitable. because wildness is already in us…if we’re free enough to listen to it.. follow it..
see, when i look at the assumptions that underlie machine learning i can’t say i see a path to solving harassment…
Machine Learning and the Evolution of Twitter ow.ly/OaeX502RDQd
doesn’t matter how deep/accurate/unbiased the machine/coding/algo/learning is.. if 100% of people aren’t free..
there’s a lot of stuff happening in the world that’s hard to hear & hard to reckon with. but today is a pretty beautiful day.
this lovely family – these nine fine, bright young people and their parents – are safely out of a Turkish refugee camp and settling into a welcoming home in Charlottetown.
this is the world i want to live in. thanks to all of you, from all over, who donated & helped & shared so it could happen.
But unlike Pandora, I am not sorry.
temp embarrassed millionaires
The Antigonish Movement, a Maritime adult education, cooperative, and microfinance movement of the 1920s and ’30s that led to the development of local credit unions that still dot the landscape around Maritime Canada. Its vision was as education-focused as it was economic: it was a vision of human emancipation.
The Antigonish Movement had three key structural components: mass meetings, ..study clubs,…and the School for Leaders, ..
martin: I keep coming up against a problem though which is that all education implies a willingness to learn…how do we overcome an anti-learning perspective?
let go of agenda.. thinking we have to gather.. in a room (come in the door) .. around a fire.. teach..
bonnie: I think that extension beyond an academic audience, in different material ways in differing local communities, is important.
wondering why audience..?
bonnie: I just want to DO something, and this model inspires me to try.
huge to notice this..
bryan: I’ve been doing info and digital lit work off and on for 20 years, and would like to do something now.
kind of the same.. huge
bonnie: I’m working on a model for this that is loose enough to maybe be replicable in a variety of contexts. Think with me. How do we do it well without making it too big another job?
host-life-bits.. ie: ‘loose enough’ ness begs we start with 7 bn plus self-talking idosynratic jargon.. as the day..[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake… which is both huge.. and not yet in place.. until it is]
bonnie: It’s hard to make those leaps in practice, and get buy-in, but to me if we only keep these efforts focused within the boundaries of educational institutions we will be bound by the self-replicating goals/necessities of educational institutions…and a lot of people will remain outside that circle.
buy in.. red flag to me
michael: My firm belief is that if we don’t don’t address our toxic information environments our chances of achieving meaningful change are small
i’m thinking.. if we don’t address toxicity.. head/full on.. we’ll never get into the sync we need for the dance to dance.. (the dance of chaos.. of letting go)
bonnie: I just think that going beyond existing classrooms is also a) crucial and b) possible. Let’s talk.
michael: a community of practice around the practice of getting people up to speed on *this stuff…makes me think I have been thinking **too small. …we’re going to need a ***bigger tempest.
to get to everyone’s *this stuff.. begs we go ***ginomous **small
keith: I want an effort to rethink how we make sense of the world and each other–in large part because I think the old sense-making strategies are failing us. I understand Martin Weller’s complaint that people don’t want to learn, but I insist that they are learning whether or not they want to. A big part of the issue is that they are using old sense-making strategies in a new context, which too often yields nonsense. *We need new strategies, and I don’t think that those strategies are clear to any of us. Perhaps one of the biggest benefits Antigonish 2.0 can provide is a space to work out strategies for mapping vs. tracing truth (to use Deleuze and Guattari’s terms). If we actually come up with new, useful ways to make meaning, then others will notice.
program/design unbiased tech to listen to our curiosities.. our grokkings of what matters.. and then facil the chaos of that.. by connecting us… key to me is to start with individual curiosity.. everyday.. toward eudaimoniative surplus
want to be involved? Antigonish 2.0 – a distributed, community-based critical media project. literacy for our times. theory.cribchronicles.com/2017/01/07/ant…
our Hunger Games mediasphere come to life.
Bonnie Stewart (@bonstewart) tweeted at 6:50 AM – 19 Jan 2017 :
organized, accessible activities for teens/young adults as prevention against substance abuse: #PEI, can we DO this?https://t.co/TObxao5MuS (http://twitter.com/bonstewart/status/822078829241962497?s=17)
do it for all/globe.. call it rat park
finally figured out what i could never figure out re digital identity. in the middle of a talk. on digital identity. theory.cribchronicles.com/2017/04/21/dig…
We’re encouraged to speak rather than listen.
Now the question is how do we really get past identity and build for citizenship, in environments that limit, organize, and shape our sociality in ways we often even cannot see?
I can say “I made this”, but there are a lot of levels of invisible collaboration. No nodes on their own, just unrecognized networks
Bonnie Stewart (@bonstewart) tweeted at 11:24 AM – 22 May 2017 :
somebody work this into a tattoo https://t.co/XuJB6TNSgd (http://twitter.com/bonstewart/status/866721502636507136?s=17)
a means tp facilitate non control ness
sept 1 – talk on .. andy warhol.. et al
daniel: lot of leanings but never discussed
bonnie: warhol built his cool on other people’s cool
bonnie: best thing he was good at was getting people to coop w him for free
for me, in the end, it always comes back to Haraway. especially now, when the potential of institutions AND networks all seems to be being eaten from within.
i got to give the opening keynote at #altc in Liverpool today. it was a heavy opener, a provocation meant to push three days of conversation. possibly we all needed a little more coffee. ;) but in the figure of the cyborg & situated knowledges lie the best tools i have for unpacking an era of confrontation & feeling constantly confronted, of trying to do good in a world that feeds us a steady diet of (monetized) outrage.
i think there’s a recording. i’ll put it in the comments. but here are the slides, for the time being…an artifact of their own accord. https://www.slideshare.net/…/the-new-normal-confronting-wha…
how do we confront the water we swim in (slide 38)
we need a model (40)
ties of affinity rather than id (49)
mech to facil that chaos
potential to help *marginal people find a community .. we need to *teach kids where/how to look- benjamin doxdator (55)
*that’s all people.. all of us have become non-indigenous..
**need to listen to kids/indigenous.. on how to listen deeper.. from ones that haven’t yet lost/covered their indigenous ness
from tweet stream
“The new norm(al): Confronting what #open means for #highereducation.”
#sketchnote from @bonstewart ‘s keynote this morning at #altc… https://t.co/TP9Zu7MieI
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/BryanMMathers/status/905070174629490688
actual talk via Maha tweet
Norm(al) can = gatekeeping says @bonstewart and reminds me how closed some convos on open can be! #altc
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/Bali_Maha/status/905107798484287488
bonnie starts at 19 min
not normal ness
26 min – i was sure i had the skills to work with these students.. until i started working with these students..
29 min – my concept of norms didn’t allow me to help them
49 min – andy warhol collapsed the prestige econs
55 min – open as adaptive change – counters idea of tech change.. (tech change: easy to id.. solutions by expert.. contained.. can see what need to do)
56 min – adaptive problems – hard to get people to agree what problem even is..
57 min – hard to find ways to grapple w this
58 min – we need a model.. a figure.. to consider when we go forward..
59 min – model from previous gen – donna haraway – cyborg – 1985 – cyborg as a figure to guide how we go forward
1:01 – god’s eyeview.. seeing from nowhere.. from a non embodied pov.. challenging that norm of objectivity
1:05 – always see from space of own body – situated knowledges – haraway.. if you’ve worked down and dirty can’t see from above
1:06 – be willing to enter new convos about openness
let’s try this..2 convos
1:07 – cyborg makes ties of affinity rather than id
1:08 – cyborg – not faithful to norms..
1:09 – i offer you the cyborg as a norm
I am collaborating with @bonstewart on a MOOC about understanding our socio-political context, and using digital spaces to engage and thrive in even these polarized times.
Its in mid-Feb and I would love it if y’all could drop in.
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/ProfessorNati/status/944343284599676928
this will be my tombstone ;)
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/bonstewart/status/964233060320534528
i wrote a thing. how coming outta precarity sometimes feels like whiplash.
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/bonstewart/status/998375472978386947