Whenever Hearts Collide...
Jack Wagner wrote that song. And Doug Symington
from who uses elgg has succinctly summed up an emerging issue in the blogosphere in his MP3cast. As the long tail gets longer, as more and more people blog and podcast their thoughts, eventually our worlds will either meet or, in the case of James, Stephen and I, collide.
Why collide? Because at some point in every renaissance or revolution comes the very Web 1.0 issue of "whose idea was it?" There is a growing tendency in Web 2.0 to share and sharealike, reference where you can with hyperlinks, but above all to share and remix ideas. Where some folk feel they've been left out of the loop or out of some non-existent rolling-credits, collision seems likely at the moment. Is there a way to move forward from this? Can we seriously expect all edubloggers to write several paragraphs of edublogging history before they are 'allowed' to give their thoughts? (Or for that matter speak for 20 minutes about it at conferences and patronise the already blogvangelised audience?)
There's an interesting question for our edublogging futures on if it matters who did what or whether looking at the here and now is more important. Anyone care to have a stab at answering it?