• CommentAuthorkittent
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2008
    ‘“Art during the Middle Ages was communal, unindividual; it came out of a group consciousness. It was without the driving painful individuality of the art of the bourgeois era. And one day we will leave behind the driving egotism of individual art. We will return to an art which will express not man’s self-divisions and separateness from his fellows but his responsibility for his fellows and his brotherhood.'

    It seems to me, if I understand this project, that this quote from the introduction shows that this project is showing Lessing's prediction to be true.
    • CommentAuthorbob stein
    • CommentTimeNov 9th 2008
    OMG. Thank you so much for pointing that out. I completely missed it. And yes, this project at its core is about developing new forms of collabortive effort. The following is the introductory paragraph to a grant application my colleagues and i recently submitted:

    <em>Before Gutenberg, humanity lived in a remix culture. The printing press and the culture that arose in its wake gave rise to the idea that human knowledge advances principally through individual effort. Our educational systems, designed in the 19th century, mirror and reinforce this concept. The internet is bringing about a profound shift in consciousness which is upending our notion of how knowledge develops. As discourse moves off the page onto networked screens, the social aspects of learning are revealed with increasing clarity. Our task is to design new paradigms for education that encourage and enable collaborative effort. The problems facing us now require nothing less.</em>
    • CommentAuthorkittent
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2008
    Even without knowing what the grant involves, this sounds like an interesting project. In fact, sometimes it seems like the current college aged student is part of a facebooked, IM'd, iphoned group mind.
    • CommentAuthorpeb
    • CommentTimeNov 14th 2008
    Not Lesssing's prediction I think! The para in the book, and in the introduction, ends with: '...in the middle of this lecture, I began to stammer and couldn’t finish …’
    • CommentAuthorlian
    • CommentTimeNov 14th 2008
    thank you!