Today I read an essay by Issac Mao on the Freesouls website by Joi Ito. It is a website based out of China that is all about sharing and combining of information, minds, etc. This essay by Mao was really unique. I feel as if he took an emotion or the art of “sharing”, that was previously hard to name, and called it: “Sharism.” Mao starts off his essay by questioning, “With the People of the World Wide Web communicating more fully and freely in Social Media while rallying a Web 2.0 content boom, the inner dynamics of such a creative explosion must be studied more closely. What motivates those who join this movement and what future will they create?….Sharism is also a mental practice that anyone can try, a social-psychological attitude to transform a wide and isolated world into a super-smart Social Brain.” (Mao, 2010) What Mao is referring to is exactly what You and I are doing right now, sharing and combining our information and publicly posting for others like ourselves to read. He talks about how “viral” (Mao, 2010) the blogging revolution was and how many people are now doing it. He calls it “Sharism”, which is a perfect name for it. He speaks about it as if it is an intangible object, like Karma. For example, he states, “If you happened to lose your Sharism in a bad educational or cultural setting, it’s hard to get it back.” (Mao, 2010). He is right, if you stop sharing information such as posting blogs, it can be hard to gain momentum or motivation again, however, it can be rewarding if you for some reason find it.
Mao backs up his argument speaking about how the brain is much like a networking system, which is what “Sharism” is, a large human network, exposing and revealing information for others to use. He also discusses the future of Sharism, saying, “Sharism will result in better social justice. In a healthy sharing environment, any evidence of injustice can get amplified to get the public’s attention. Anyone who has been abused can get real and instant support from her peers and her peers’ peers.” (Mao, 2010). This statement hints towards the use in classrooms or education. In future classrooms, I feel that/hope this kind of human networking technology based learning will take place. It is so useful to students already and will probably be used more in the future. This was an interesting article because it talks about this thing: “Sharisim”, and justifies it so well to the point where one has to agree with it and be “on board”. It only seems to reap positive benefits and perhaps could spark a “Mind Revolution”!
However, I ask of you, Do you think such controversial sites such as WikiLeaks will be accepted if this new “Mind Revolution” were to happen?