A review of the book by Ruth walker in International Journal for Educational Integrity. Quote:
The central premise of Wikiworld is that higher education is in crisis. The authors call for the extinction of the ‘banking’ model of education as outlined by Freire (2005), with an omnipotent, knowing teacher and a silenced student cohort who digests in relative silence. Instead, the book celebrates the alternate methods afforded by digital media, where diverse student-student and student-teacher collaborations are encountered to work on focused open-ended tasks and group discussion. This kind of collaborative learning taps into what the authors point out is higher education’s most powerful yet repeatedly underdeveloped resource, that of peer group influence (p.122).
Wikiworld has made it to the list of The Ten Best P2P Books of 2010! The list is compiled by Michel Bauwens from the P2P Foundation, and can be found here
Wikiworld is mentioned in the category “The Emergency of a P2P Left”, together with Dimitri Kleiner’s “Telekommunist Manifesto”.
Wikiworld is now shipping from Amazon! Get yours here.
“Wikiworld” explores a revolution in the world of education. The way we learn is changing: institutionalised learning is transforming into new forms of critical learning and open collaboration. This book offers a historical and political framework to think about the future of learning and educational media.The authors provide an overview of the use of new technologies and learning practices, and assess how the changing nature of education can lead to a more socially just future. At the same time, they place their analysis of education within a wider social and economic framework of contemporary capitalism.
Wikiworld is now out as a Pluto Press book. The basic arguments are there, but more sharpened. In addition to our revisions, the text has been thoroughly copy-edited by the fine people of Pluto. The major changes pertain to two final chapters and the idea of educational superabundance by which we mean learning and being that is superfluous compared to the usual utilitarian education as appropriated in capitalist life; it is something more than is commonly tolerated in school or corporate bureaucracy. Educational abundance creates passionate and responsible collaboration among teachers, students, colleagues, and other fellow human beings.
We are happy to tell that a printed version of the book will be out soon from Pluto Press! We’ve revisited all the chapters, special focus on the final one to highlight the idea of socialist media.
Advance info & pre-order option are at amazon.com. Now we are about to get proofs soon, and bound copies from the print in November. So, we’re still hoping to have it as a 2009 book.
We have been quite overwhelmed by all the feedback & comments we have received so far here and through e-mails, discussions, blogs, etc. Thank you all! It has been terrific, and as it seems to us, generative, way to publish the work. We hope to have some exciting news on the printed version pretty soon … In the meantime, here are some collected notes from the blogosphere:
First, Nick Jankowski from http://digitalstudiesseminar.blogspot.com/2008/04/digital-literacy-and-radical-education.html
“Wikiworld, an online book with the subtitle ‘Political economy of digital literacy, and the promise of participatory media’, provides the kind of theoretical grounding many of us have been missing in much of the fare of literature about digital studies. The long-standing tension between technology and society is presented with reference to Marx, Heidegger, Nietzsche and Marcuse (among others); the radical conceptualization of education as life-long, everyday and emancipatory is related to the ideas of Freire and Illich. And the requirement for digital literacy – extending far beyond skill-building and schooling – is sketched and placed within the parameters of Web-based participatory media as exemplified by wikis. The book merits much more considered attention than I am now able to provide; here I merely wish to signal its publication and open access availability, and recommend its study.”
The idea of “triple-freedom” has been discussed here:
Beim P2P-Workshop 2007 an der Nottingham Trent University zur »politischen Ökonomie der Peer-Produktion« hat Tere Vadén nun einen drauf gesetzt. In Abgrenzung zm »geschlossenen« Paradigma gibt es drei »stages of freedom« (Stufen der Freiheit): »sharing«, »commonist«, »communist«.
Danach gehört »Selbstentfaltung« erst in die zweite Stufe (»commonist«), weil die Mittel (»vehicle«) der Entfaltung nicht frei sind. »Triple Freedom« wäre dann erst in der dritten Stufe (»communist«) erreicht. Tere Vadén holt also die Produktionsmittel in den Fokus der Aufmerksamkeit. Ferner sei es wichtig, nicht nur auf die Veränderung der Medien zu schauen, sondern auch die notwendige Veränderung unserer Lernformen zu beachten.
Here is Teemu Leinonen, being typically right, http://flosse.dicole.org/?item=from-social-to-socialist-media
Now for about two days I have been reading, browsing and making searches to the book. The book offers a valuable historical and political framework to approach and think about the future of learning, education and media. The book has two faces. It is philosophical, humanistic and educational scholarly work but also an advocacy. This is the book’s strength but also its weakness.
I especially like the scholarly parts. They are enlightening many great ideas from earlier works to the discussion about media and education in the digital era. I do not have anything against advocacy, either, but I do not agree with everything the authors have to say. A real problem of advocacy can be, that in the eyes of many people the actual argument will loose its credibility. I also think that this is not only a rhetorical thing as the argument “we should make the world more faire place” (not a quotation from the book) is easy to do without getting pompous.
And here hard-e:
In fact open educational resources and other free software movements are more democratic way to learn and share the knowledge than anything else. Anybody can participate in OER movement and express one’s opinion, and thus create the diversity of knowledge. Tere Waden, has mentioned that civilisation (culture and education) can be the diversity of knowledge, even it is absolute value. By the way, he has written excellent book with Juha Suoranta: Wikiworld.
Predictably, some of the comments has been written in Finnish:
Jere Majava, http://blogit.helsinki.fi/tyonimi/wikiworld.htm
Tere Vadénin ja Juha Suorannan uusi kirja Wikiworld – Political Economy of Digital Literacy and the Promise of Participatory Media on innostavaa luettavaa. Kirjoittajat käsittelevät verkko-opetusta ja sosiaalista mediaa virkistävästi web 2.0 -startuppien ansaintamallien tai oppimistulosten kvantifioinnin sijaan toimijoiden autonomian kasvun näkökulmasta – ja tiukasti vasemmalta: merkinnällä on sama otsikko kuin kirjan kuudennella luvulla.
Wikiworld – Political Economy of Digital Literacy and the Promise of Participatory Media on Tampereen yliopiston voimakaksikon Juha Suorannan ja Tere Vadénin uusi verkkokirja. Vapaasti verkossa luettavissa ja ladattavissa tietenkin. (…) Kirjan huono puoli ei ole se että se on englanninkielinen. Valitettavaa on se ettei vastaavaa tekstiä ole suomeksi. Lukijakuntaa ja samalla asian ymmärrystä suomenkielisyys laajentaisi. Suomessa.