I have an ambivalent relationship with buzzwords and buzzphrases. I find them dangerous, especially when they contribute to groupthink, but I also like to play with them. Whether I try (perhaps clumsily) to create some or I find one to be useful in encapsulating insight.
The reason I’m thinking about this is that I participated in the PodCamp Montreal UnConference, giving a buzzphrase-laden presentation on social media and academia (or “social acamedia,” as I later called it).
I’ll surely revisit a number of notes I’ve taken (mostly through Twitter) during the unconference. But I thought I’d post something as a placeholder.
Some buzzphrases/-words I’ve been known to use should serve as the bases for explanations about a few things I’ve been rambling about the past few years.
Here are a few (some of which I’ve tried to coin):
- Social Butterfly Effect (possibly my favourite)
- Planting Landminds (adapted from Carl Dyke)
- Social Geek
- Geek Coming Out
- Geek Niche/Scene/Crowd/Culture
- Radical Transparency (apparently a Wired favourite)
- “On the Internet, Everybody Acts Like a Celebrity”
- Attention Economy: Pay and get
- Release Early, Release Often (RERO, an ESR classic)
- Cluefulness (Cluetrain-inspired)
- “Knowledge People” (from Bamanan “karamoko”)
- Lecturecasts (podcast lectures)
- Participatory Culture and User-Generated Content
- Playfulness (in a Huizinga frame)
Not that all of these paint a clear picture of what I’ve been thinking about. But they’re all part of a bigger framework through which I observe and participate in Geek Culture. One day, I might do a formal/academic ethnography of the Geek Crowd.