EAA social media session

Some thoughts stimulated by our great social media session at the EAA.

1.Does online communication and networking depend largely on offline networking to work effectively?

2. Is the challenge to authority presented by the use of social media in archaeology of itself a good or bad thing?

3. Can we, or even should we, try to control the flows of communication in cyberspace to our advantage (that is the advantage of archaeology)?

4. What are our motives in the self-publicity that is involve in using Facebook or Twitter?

5. We assume the world is ready and waiting for what we have to say. Perhaps we should be less naive and learn about what the world wants from us (if anything).

6. Archaeology is not just the recovery of the past but a debate about the meanings of the past and is therefore a social practice. Yet the social practices of archaeology are not usually taught (except in a very few postgraduate degrees).

7. How can we get the technology that allows folk to explore and understand their local environment more widely known about and used?

8. When is a troll not a troll but someone with views we simply disagree with?

9. How do we balance our desire for a serious role for archaeology and a public desire for a leisure activity or for entertainment?

10. Can we manipulate the 1-9-90 rule to our advantage by creating a more representative and supported 1% rather than simply accepting whatever 1% happen to exist?

11. If power within Internet usage and communication is moving away from the sender to the receiver, how can we avoid being merely the plaything of others providing resources for them use or misuse as they like? Can we build in a integrity of message that can survive the distortions and noise of the receivers?

12. Is there a wisdom in crowds and can this work to our advantage?


About donhenson

I am freelance consultant archaeologist specialising in public archaeology, interpretation, education and the media.
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