My last post was so long that I deceided to leave some conclusions  until the next time. I wanted to add a bit more about Weinberger’s thoughts on the new digital disorder and the changing nature of authority in relation to  non-traditional learners:

The ‘new order of digital disorder’ is not just changing our perceptions of how we think the world itself is organised. Perhaps more importantly the new order challenges our notions of who we think has the authority to tell us how the world works. How we draw lines can have dramatic effects on where power resides.

Not too long ago, learners with literacy difficulties were regarded as unintelligent; people with profound communication differences were hidden away; relationships between people of the same sex were illegal. Now lines have been re-drawn. Boundaries are sometimes drawn arbitrarily, they can have profound consequences, and elites use arbitrary lines to maintain power. Now, we are questioning the need for a culture in which “truth means accuracy, effectiveness requires adherence to clear lines of command and control, and knowledge is power.”
Today, it’s not what you know, not even who you know, it’s ‘how much knowledge you give away’ explains Weinberger. “Hoarding knowledge diminishes your power because it diminishes your presence. A topic is not a domain with edges. It is how passion focuses itself.”
The implicit authority of the paper world is removed. How scary – and exciting – is that?!