A vivid analysis of socialisation from the intellectual life of "Literary Salon " to nowaday's debates on Social Platforms!
"A salon ... to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation. These gatherings ... either to please or to educate..." (Wikipedia) These were the sophisticated discussion panels of the far past reserved for the high society aristocrats!
Past - Present
Unlike Literary Salon of the far past, it is easier to gather, meet, listen, participate, on specific topics in a set up; in Social Institutions. There is no such social class boundaries and everyone is 'free' to participate - like inter college debates, lecture halls of universities. Moreover, the debates do not necessarily end when the projector was switched off...it always enchained in other social places; around a dinner table or on a coffee-break!
Present - Future
Social Communities or Social Networking platforms do the job today! We vote, we talk, we fight, we take a stand on what we feel is right, with even more freedom of expression! Think of each social platform as a salon - a room for specific topic.
--- Facebook --- the shining star where the mass is more active, an absolute marketing tool for companies --- YouTube --- the ideal mentor for all DIY and How To --- Instagram --- suits perfectly " A picture is worth a thousand words " very efficient and quick to reach the busy world of today ---Twitter ---the serious His Excellency discussion platform where famous personalities voice out and connect to the general public.
Freedom of speech, Freedom of Expression and Technological Inventions made life easier, yet Are we Really Social? Really?
Some Related Vocabularies
Social Learning is learning through communication which is activated with a given problem or action. We can best compare our internet connected world of today with the “Salon Littéraire” of the French Revolution (17th - 20th century) which represented a whole world of social arrangements and attitude supported the existence of French salons: an idle aristocracy, an ambitious middle class, an active intellectual life, the social density of a major urban center, sociable traditions, and a certain aristocratic feminism...' (Kale, 2006)
Learning to be
‘Learning to be’ is the output of mixed/ ‘Social Learning’ where freedom of expression can be experienced. At some point it goes in line with the traditional term - Work Based Learning. It is through this process that creativity and development take place. ‘Learning to be’ is the solution to sustainable development; unemployment, motivation for higher education and eradication of poverty. It enables to mingle in the professional circles. We can keep track of every milestone, modified or classified it as a discovery for further development. … What seems to be an insurmountable task to one developer may be trivial to another simply because their skill-sets, experience and mental models are especially amenable to that scenario…(Raymond, ES, 2001).
Web 2.0 is more about being connected and interacting rather than mere information update. An example of ‘blended learning’ strategy is Terra Incognita website where students and instructors are always participating in discussions and interacting with each other after classroom hours. Web 2.0 has provided developing countries like India, access to Digital StudyHall which facilitates learning through audiovisual tools; monitored by an instructor on spot. On the other hand e-Science is also benefiting from this interactive learning through; The Faulkes Telescope Project as there is constant sharing and collaboration between professionals and amateurs. Moreover, students can access scholarly materials and tools free of charge.
Digital Divide is the inequality of access or knowledge of ICT. However in the field of education, much need to be done … on training, cognitive skills and regulatory frameworks geared towards access to contents.”(UNESCO, 2005)
- Steven Kale, French Salons: High Society and Political Sociability from the Old Regime to the Revolution of 1848 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006) p. 9
- Raymond, ES (2001). The cathedral & the bazaar: musings on Linux and open source by an accidental revolutionary. Sebastopol, CA, USA: O’Reilly and Associates.
- Punie, Y.; Cabrera, M.; Bogdanowicz, M.; Zinnbauer D. and Najavas E. (2006). "The Future of ICT and Learning in the Knowledge Society". Report on a Joint DG JRC-DG EAC Workshop held in Seville, 20-21 October, 2005, JRC Scientific and Technical Report, EUR 22218 EN, ftp://ftp.jrc.es/pub/EURdoc/eur22218en.pdf.