Search and Research for Collections I (Simple/Complex Behavior)

Dee Hocks Law of Simple:Complex Behavior

After exploring the rest of the terms, and a failed attempt and writing up a page for the virtuous cycle, I landed on Dee Hock’s Law of Simple/Complex Behavior. It’s a pretty cool idea, and a lot easier to understand than somnambulism. Haha.

One Reply to “Search and Research for Collections I (Simple/Complex Behavior)”

  1. Right on! It has been my experience over many years of experimentation, some of it rather scary because of the lack of direct control and the unpredictability (the chaos), that Hock’s Law is central to rich teaching and learning experiences. So you are right on with noting that this class is structured along those principles. It’s also applicable to this class because digital citizenship is itself possibly subject to this “law,” namely that overly-prescriptive, rule-based ideas of digital citizenship might not only stifle creativity and expression, but even more damaging they might reinforce internal self-limitations that essentially lead to teaching people how only to wade rather than how to swim.

    PS I wouldn’t overthink the somnambulism thing. The basic idea is simply that in conceiving of technology as merely objects that are easily separated from ourselves, we are indulging in a misrepresentation because most technology is part of complex systems that are a constant part of our human context…and a result of that misrepresentation is that we essentially sleepwalk through our interactions, often not even realizing the interactions are happening. A prime, current example: Facebook’s shaping of our information ecosystem and the use of our data…

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