Desire for community learning is not a natural fact as some tech companies would have you believe. There are agendas hidden within the ideology.
The web becomes more mainstream. Social media becomes the thing. Web 2.0 and user generated content and all that. More emphasis is put on how online communication is not just a poor cousin to face to face interaction. The internet is just a tool for us to carry out the human desire to interact socially. It’s not “other wordly” it’s normalised.
For education it is participation rather than mere consumption, reflects shift to learnification. Not just a resource for education but a means for dialogue. Tech will free us from institutional hierarchies.
These network tools are seen as invisible or inconsequential in their influence. Economic and ideological influence in the tech production is ignored.