People inspired by people inspired by people....
What does it mean to be inspired? Word origins fascinate me.
Inspiration (n.) c. 1300 "immediate influence of God or a god." From Old French inspiracion, "inhaling, breathing in." From Late Latin inspirationem, "inspire, inflame." Literal sense "act of inhaling," attested in English from 1560s. Meaning "one who inspires others" is attested by 1867.
Also - immediate influence of God or a god.
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Maha Bali was inspired to reflect on the aspect of Mimi's post that discussed preferring to read blogs to reading recommended books. Mimi's post was added to the Diigo group so we could all jump in and annotate.
So many things in Mimi's post resonated with me - and made me laugh. Was +Alan Levine @cogdog more than one person, an amalgamation? And was +Kevin Hodgson @dogtrax also more than one person? They are able to make so many connections that they seem superhuman. They've assured us they are each one person and also two different people.
What inspired me to create what I think of as the Twitter Haystack image, though, was what she said about @howardrheingold and anxiety: [he] wakes up in the morning worried that a co-pilot has fallen asleep at the wheel or that the delicate social machinery we've stitched together is going to fall apart." Mimi then goes on to say that in her opinion, "We may not be too big to fail, but [she] would like to believe that we are too diverse to fail and distributed to fail."
My image is meant to reinforce that idea - we are too happily enmeshed to fail. Just like my summer #clmooc that never ended, this construct has a life of its own. We are all needles in haystacks that managed to find each other. The massiveness of a MOOC is not just about numbers, but about depth and intricacy.
Thanks, all. Nice haystack.
|attribution for picture: http://goo.gl/Gm4obB|