5 Minds for New Social Media

September 19, 2010 at 12:42 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

Discipline. Synthesizing. Creating. Respectful. Ethical. These are the five minds Howard Gardner talks about in his book Five Minds for the Future. I’ve read this book as a requirement for an OrCom major a year ago. I kept wondering when this future will be until I had my comm trends class. Do we have these five minds now that we use NSM everyday for personal and/or business purposes? Do we need it in the first place? Let’s see.

Disciplined Mind

The very first mind we should develop according to Gardner. We wouldn’t be able to have the other four if we don’t have this. Putting it in the context of new social media, we should be able to master one craft and grasp its ideas very well before we publish content online. Not having so, we might ruin our reputation for commiting errors that are irreversible. Once you posted it, you can never take it back. Not with thousands and even millions of people who have seen it at such a short amount of time. Check.

 Synthesizing Mind

The mind that is very prevalent with NSM. We integrate ideas into one and communicate it to others. We put together things we see from people we are connected to. We are the sum of our networks. What we say is already influenced by not just one but several people who have different ideas and ways of perceiving things. Synthesizing, putting things together, does it ring a bell? Hello there Wikipedia! Check.

 Creating Mind

We like to create. My professor in my OC152 class said that consciously or not, we create content, we contribute on the works of the Web. In addition, what we post is not a repitition of what has been said. Rather, it is the expression of ourselves; we express new insights to issues and problems. We have our own explanation, interpretation and understanding of things. Thinking out of the box. NSM makes it possible for us to voice it out freely and easily. Blogs, microblogs, SNS and forums, anyone? Check.

Respectful Mind

Ah, respect. Such an easy word, so easy we couldn’t spell it out with our lifestyle. The ones who should get a hold of a lot of this are organizations. With everything that they post online, they should be sensitive to differences among groups and individuals. It is not like a whisper where the person who’ll hear the message is the only one you told it to. As I’ve said on my previous blog, you don’t know who’s watching you. Might as well learn to respect inividuality.  Check.

Ethical Mind

We are down on the last one! Wait a minute, respect and ethics, aren’t they the same? No, most especially not in Gardner’s book. Having an ethical mind for him means fullfilling one’s role as a citizen and as a worker. We are responsible for our actions and *ehem* for our posts. We should be able to monitor our behavior online. We represent the company we are in wherever we go and whatever we do. The name’s engine, search engine. Check.

I’m not sure if Howard Gardner pertained to the Internet Generation when he said future. But hey, it fits perfectly well. Right? 🙂

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3 Comments

  1. starrylines said,

    Right! 😀 It’s interesting how these 5 minds are practiced even with this blog and comments requirements that we have in OC 152. I believe these days we badly need those 5 minds to publish a decent blog post. 😀 And not just here in this part of the cyberspace but in each and every part of it. We would be contributing even better online content if we have these first.

  2. commania said,

    5 Minds for the Future is one very useful book for us OrCom majors. They say it all starts in the mind. In order for us to do something, first our mind should be in line with the things that we do.

    Discipline takes so much effort. Let me cite a verse for this matter:
    “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” – Hebrews 12:11

    Discipline gives us training. This is why we have to be very careful with how we handle ourselves online. Our acts should be limited into ways that could only benefit us.

    Then after this, come the other four.

    😀 😀 😀

  3. shakennotstirred007 said,

    Knowing how to get ahead and stay ahead has never been enough. Because if you do not know how to think ahead, and have a mindset for the future, then you’re not going anywhere. And this book which teaches us how to be that way through values and ethics, I think is a very valuable one.

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