Lollapalooza and Social Learning Activity

Lollapalooza is beginning in a matter of days.   If you want to check out who I’m planning to see, just click here:

As you are probably aware, I’ve been a tad neglectful to the blog.   After posting all the videos from the decompression after Innovations in E-Learning, I had a healthy amount of sidework come in at the same time as my day job massively increased the level of engagement required from the normal work effort.   The multitude of commitments really wore me out in ways I previously have not experienced, and I just pretty much burnt out a few weeks ago.   So much so that when my good friend, Angelo, hit me up to ride some roller coasters at Cedar Point –a solid 6hr drive from the safe confines of the Windy City –I totally took him up on it without batting an eye.   That was a well needed respite to get the juices flowing, and since the trip the ideating muscles I’d been exercising for the past year really started flexing.

My thought for today…

So, when you make up your schedule for Lollapalooza, you can share your schedule with friends (or the massive public depending on how popular you are on Twitter or MySpace).   It seems to me though that something’s missing.


I mean, what if I want to know what EVERYONE is seeing?   There’s a couple of tangible reasons why I’d want to know the aggregate information.   If you look at my schedule, there are a lot of open time slots.   I don’t know who I want to see.   I don’t know the bands.   I can’t get a sense of who’s a better crowd favorite, if there is one.   Some timeslots, I’ve selected both bands playing at the same time, because I’m torn in wanting to see both.   It’d be nice to be able to be swayed by what the crowd is doing. For example, do I choose Snoop Dogg because he’s going to be better as a performer, or do I choose Lou Reed because he’s freaking Lou Reed, no matter how bad he may suck live.   There should be a way to be informed on these kinds of decisions beyond my own personal network.   In this case, it would be easy for Lollapalooza to show a heat map of how hot an act is –and if they can’t do it for some PR reasons, they could at least expose the aggregate data for nerds like me to play with.

But there’s more to my flummox: What if I see Lou Reed, but five minutes in I’m not sold that this is going to be a great show.   I have to walk clear across the festival to see Snoop Dogg, which might take a half-hour.   If I want to, I could probably jack into Twitter and see who’s tweeting from the show, but then I’m only pulling the people who are tweeting.   If people are messaging on MySpace or (ha) Jaiku or whatever other service people use other than Twitter, I’m missing it.   And that’s a shame, because a person like me wants to know what’s happening on the other side of the festival, to see if it’s worth fighting the crowd if there’s a prayer I might still have time to hear Snoop belt out “Gin ‘n Juice.”

I also might want to talk with people about how good The Gaslight Anthem is for Friday afternoon.   I like the one song, but maybe that’s all they’re good for.   If that’s the case, do I really need to take Friday off to see them?   Will I be at a loss if I skipped them?   Most of my friends have no idea who The Gaslight Anthem is.   Sure, I could go to a forum somewhere that their fans talk about the band, but that’s a stacked deck.   I want to connect with people going to this particular show, and that’s kinda tough when the primary means of connecting with other Lollapaloozers (huh huh) is through networks that are mainly available based on interpersonal relationships, instead of affinities.

Seems to me there’s something to that, isn’t there?