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A debatable concept,
This review is from: Making is Connecting: The Social Meaning of Creativity, from DIY and Knitting to YouTube and Web 2.0 (Paperback)
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This book is well-written although in parts it is difficult to read with any enthusiasm. 'Creativity' is a word that has been much abused of late, where every activity from a simple entry on Facebook to a knitted cow is so categorised. How many actual connections are made by showing or telling what one makes is a very debatable point.
I found the author's arguments cogent and well-presented but somehow it all feels a bit Utopian. With Web 0.2 the doors are wide open for almost anyone to post his observations, ideas and practical results, but how much of this is 'connecting' with others is questionable. One might connect with oneself and see a concept more clearly but that does not seem to be what Mr Gaunlett is saying. One might have some impact on the unseen millions but unless there is response, again, is it connecting?
Whilst reading this book I kept wanting to say, 'Yes, but...' which is a recommendation in some ways. Interesting hypothesis but I'm not convinced.