Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Very glad to see the new book "Networked: The New Social Operating System," Added this book to Network Society, Internet Studies, and 'Society, Technology and Science,' Hi, Association of Internet Researchers

B and L, (June 30, 2012)

Great and thanks.

I added this

Rainie, Lee and Barry Wellman. 2012. Networked: The New Social Operating System. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

as reference to the following World University and School (which is like Wikipedia with MIT OCW with free degrees planned for a first, matriculating, online, Bachelor's degree class in 2014, accrediting on MIT OCW in CA), wiki subjects:

http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Network_Society and
http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Internet_Studies and

I'll look to use it in the related course I teach, as well.

Thank you for writing this,



Hi Scott,

Just looked at your links... Could you contextualize these a bit? How long do these courses run? Surely not a single semester with all the readings assigned, right?

B.B., Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow in New Media


Hi, B.B. and Association of Internet Researchers,

WUaS has two wings (http://worlduniversityandschool.blogspot.com/2011/07/overview-of-wuas-world-university-and.html).

One is free, online, MIT-centric degrees, - accrediting on MIT OCW. While this is an unfolding process, WUaS would like this to be taught by edX (MITx / HarvardX) professors beginning in 2014, if at all possible, teaching with MIT OCW courses, or similar, in spaces like Google + video hangouts (using the Conference Method), for free degrees, with WUaS accrediting on MIT OCW in California. WUaS would like to attract overachieving students, who might otherwise go to MIT, Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, or Cambridge, for example. Free, students would still pay for books, and living expenses, and probably live in the same room from which they attended high school, studying over four years through something like 32 courses for the undergraduate degree. The professor would decide what was assigned, - and WUaS seeks to develop a high standard as an accredited, online university. WUaS would like to become a kind of online MIT, and potentially - a huge vision and process - in all 3,000-8,000 languages and 200 countries; Wikipedia is in 284 languages, by way of comparison. Like MIT's classes, the courses beginning in autumn 2014 would run for around 15 weeks.

The other wing is open people-to-people teaching, as a wiki. Someone, for example, could teach to their web camera (e.g. Sal Khan), or add a new subject, and share a reference, moving toward interactivity. Here you could teach a course or a 3 minute video (which so many people are already doing), post it, and WUaS would aggregate such.

(WUaS is also planning an online Music School - eventually in all languages / all instruments, as wiki pages, to start, - with collaborative, real time, music making. We'll have to move beyond the present lag in the internet, for this. Here are the beginnings of this -  http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/World_University_Music_School - with jamming and improvisation possibilities, especially. And here are some Music Playing Spaces happening already - http://worlduniversityandschool.blogspot.com/2012/06/music-playing-spaces-on-wednesdays-and.html ).

WUaS would like faculty and graduate students to steward specific, wiki, WUaS 'Subject' pages - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Subjects - as well as the other main WUaS pages and focuses, which you'll find here - http://worlduniversityandschool.blogspot.com/2012/02/three-main-it-foci-at-world-university.html.

This is some context: MIT OCW is the center of WUaS's academics, with free bachelor, Ph.D., law and M.D., degrees planned, seeking overachievers (applying just as students would for other U.S. universities), for an internet-centric university and school.

All the best,



Thanks for indulging my curiosity, Scott. But the reading list for each wiki course is not limited to a single semester, I would think. That's a lot of reading :)


Each wiki, WUaS, Subject page would indeed involve a lot of reading :)


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