Often wonder at the relative merits of conversation vs.
connection - If I'm connecting, I'm not conversing most times. Clearly there is
a rhythm and trade-off between establishing and maintaining weak links,
reading, personal learning and engaging in dialog. Knowledge creation and
exchange requires a deeper dialog than the social banter needed to build social
capital, it needs the energy of creative abrasion and the engagement of
reciprocity to change deep level assumptions and unarticulated mental models.
Paul Hertzog explores the way exchanges allows strong memes to rise to the top and suggests a conversation allows mingling, sorting and reforming of ideas, insights and explicit thoughts.
Deep dialog is indeed a very fundamental knowledge practice.
Been exploring podcasting as a way to distribute ideas, increase awareness and package insights. So far I have not seen a format that effectively delivers the JIT knowledge byte. What appears to be missing is the medium for a real conversation - sure we can attach audio files to blogs and enable comments, but that is not the same as having a conversation, capturing annotation or enabling an exchange 'on the go'.
Wonder if we will see emergent affordances to allow verbal annotation, commentary or easy feedback in the podcast medium?- it would surely make more powerful 'conversation'.