I’ve lost interest in Connectivism, which is making it hard to continue with the course. The more I think about it the more it feels like an attempt to lay a brand claim on an existing phenomenon, not to actually present anything new, nor to even explain itself.
Anyway, there’s clearly no respect for questioning or for those who would even mildly challenge this apparently private piece of intellectual property. So why bother with it?
Carmen Tschofen referenced this article at the very beginning of the discussion thread at Attacks on Connectivism.
Network Promises and Their Implications
>Once we agree that “information as data” is easily available to all, and that machines can do pretty much anything that an intelligent person can do, we are confronted with what is missing from this picture, namely the negotiated construction of knowledge. This is perhaps the most intriguing development resulting from the advent of the network age, although it is more reminiscent of small village cracker-barrel exchanges than futuristic networks: humans need to agree on stuff, but before they can do that, they need to talk about it.<