From network to lacework: A new imaginary for global conversation
If networks have a pretence to objectivity, lace unashamedly disregards it. Lacework implies that the observer will be always there in admiration. (Cabral Filho, 2021)
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JOSÉ DOS SANTOS CABRAL FILHO
This article departs from the consideration that global communication is not only a reality but also a challenge. This is because most of our communication does not involve dialogue but remains mere communication without achieving the creativity implied in true conversation. Departing from Gordon Pask’s warning, in 1980, that too much togetherness would be hazardous in future information environments, this article proposes a playful displacement of images – from network to lacework. The aim is to help us refine our gaze into the interconnectedness of the world, or at least, into the intricacies of our contemporary culture and its global communication. The idea is that by using lace as an inspirational image we may go beyond the hazards of uniformity and triviality of our excessive togetherness. By doing so, we would allow space for a variety of local patterns of dialogues, articulated around unspoken tensions and thus, allowing the emergency of genuine conversation.
Presentation by José dos Santos Cabral Filho for ASC Global Conversation
There might be differences between the published article and the presentation, as the presentation was given before the article was submitted for peer review.
ASC Global Conversation: Discussion Session 6 Cybernetics, Systems and Sustainability
Moderated by Christiane M.Herr. Panelists include Shann Turnbull, Ricardo Barrera, Rafael Rodriguez de Cora, Robert Johannson, Paul Levy, Sukanta Majumdar, and José dos Santos Cabral Filho.
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