Wednesday, March 5, 2003

From Smart Mob to Community of Practice?

Via Matt Jones, an academic paper by John Lester of Harvard Medical School, Integrating and Evolving a Mob: The Growth of a Smart Mob into a Wireless Community of Practice.

This is a good short paper, but it lacks any sort of critical sensibility. Neither Smart Mobs nor Communities of Practice are problematised, characterisations of HipTop community go unsupported, and I'm wary of the implication that Smart Mobs and CoPs exist on a sort of continuum of collective (mobile) action.

I understand presentation and publication limitations, but IMHO, this paper lacks academic rigour. Still, the author provides an interesting chronicle of a HipTop event, and it's worth a read.

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