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Social Media vs. Knowledge Management: A Generational War

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 5 November 2008



Social Media vs. Knowledge Management: A Generational War
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 101
Posted DateWednesday 5 November 2008 18:40 GMT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
Linkshttp://enterprise2blog.com/2008/09/social-media-vs-knowledge ... 

I recently read an interesting and provocative article Social Media vs. Knowledge Management: A Generational War from Venkatesh Rao that produced a number of reactions by other bloggers.

He makes some good points but I just don't agree that this is a generation war. I have run scores of knowledge cafes and knowledge sharing workshops around the planet these last few years and although I have met people of all ages: Boomers; Gen-Xers and Millennials - I have not seen attitudes and behaviors differentiated by chronological age.

As Mark Gould commented in his blog post Oh good grief… "Date of birth does not determine a generation. Where you fit in the generations will depend on a range of personal factors — personal responsibilities (are you a carer or a parent, or are you fancy-free), political focus (do you tend to respect authority, or do you seek your own gurus), and age (not when you were born, but how old are you)."

Personally, I think the post is nicely argued but it is a crude stereotype and is wrong but take a read and decide for yourself from your own experience.

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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