My very own OPLN? Where do I sign up? On second thought….
I have found Twitter to be an interesting discovery tool for all things pop culture and sports, 2 of my favorite subjects. My new concern is making this work for all things librarianship. I credit this class for getting me on the path. I am not a Twitter person; maybe I’m a bit of a Luddite. So to view this new (ish) technology through Maniapoto’s eyes gave me some hope. I wholeheartedly agree with this statement: “You won’t know what you don’t know until you come across it and an OPLN can help you find things you didn’t even realise you were interested in.”
Her OPLN was very…busy. It’s a lot to digest. She mentioned earlier in the article that OPLNs “help us to function better in all aspects of our daily life: at home with family and at work.” I strongly disagree. I can see the professional benefits and learning about various topics can help with different situations. But I don’t think it’s good to be so involved in my online network that I forget the people that matter most – the living, breathing, real family and friends around me. We can use these tools to connect but I don’t think technology automatically makes things better. What about the digital divide that doesn’t allow everyone to connect with the masses? I suppose some believe that it’s okay for those people to be left behind and if they can’t plug in, so be it. I’m not saying that’s what this author is advocating. I just don’t want to get carried away by the wonder of the machines. Unplug people!
(ducks incoming tomatoes) Yeah, yeah get off my lawn.