Gardner is asking a lot of the students, in my opinion, to move from consumers of packaged applications to owning and managing the server. I feel panic at the thought and my fear is not fear or breaking it but rather fear of the time drain. I know, for example, I spend more time deciding on a tool to use in the blog than I do in the actual creation of the blog thoughts. I could see myself getting sucked down the rabbit hole of exploration if managing a server.
Gardner stated “communication is publishing” to which I completely agree. Publishing is nothing more than bringing forward a thought, idea, concept, or conversation. There is nothing magical to publishing. A personal cyberinfrastructure would allow the creator to publish unfiltered thought. Removing the constraints and editorial review. For some, that would be world changing. Yet for others, I feel it would create a lot of noise. I think some need the templates to provide organization to conversation.
Gardner spent considerable time discussing the idea of “a distributed publishing system operated by its users”. A Utopian idea worth following. Where I struggle is around curation of this publishing system. Think about the move to self publishing one which, oddly, I support. The idea of being able to say what you intend without influence of editors and marketers is a wonderful concept. But you also give up the aid of distribution. I look at all of the self published materials and my eyes glaze over. I don’t know who to follow. If we are all singing our own songs on our own servers does the noise become so great that the ballad is lost? I think it has merit but I struggle with the concept
Gardner. ( 2009). A Personal Cyberinfrastructure. EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 44,(no. 5), 58–59