Networking

'plugged in'

Fantastic images were taken at the opening but non belonging to me. This sketch I stumbled across just now and thought it very apt for today. Are we all ‘plugged in’?

Social Networking sounds like such a modern phenomenon and the 2010 film!, but traces go back to the ancient Greeks and it has also been written about in the 1800’s by sociologists and psychologists. I can’t find a great definition but to my mind it is very much like the computer definition. Substitute people for devices and it works quite well. “A computer network, often simply referred to as a’ network’, is a collection of hardware components and computers interconnected by communication channels that allow sharing of resources and information.Where at least one process in one device is able to send/receive data to/from at least one process residing in a remote device, then the two devices are said to be in a network.”

The event at Debut Contemporary was a huge success and for my husband it was very much about ‘Networking’. He made new contacts and ‘physically’ met people he had already ‘connected’ with through social networking. He gained confidence about his work and his sketchbook (another reason why I thought it appropriate to but in a sketch today).

I feel I have been ‘networking’ too, both in the very real world of ‘mother and toddlers’. Making connections between mums’.  Exploring the world of ‘blogging’ a little more. Discovering some art blogs and ‘networking’ with them a little. One artist  blogged about the Debut Contemporary party…and captured on camera my husband ‘networking’! See more pictures at her ‘artists blog’

In yet another connection; we are constantly listening to a CD in the car at the moment which my eldest loves. The song writer also has a blog who just happens to have written The Delinquent Blogger Beseeches The Court of Social Media… perhaps, it is not just artists who are connected in invisible webs.

What is the difference then between networking and simply making friends then? Perhaps networking is more like the computer, about ‘shared resources’, ‘sending each other data’. It can happen face to face but more often now ,when ‘plugged in’. Well, on that note, I’d better get back to the real world…….

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