IDEA TWENTY: Netwerk 1417

A new "chaperoned" on-line social community in which underage teens (ages 14-17, hence the title) can sign up for all the usual networking goodies plus free s/w and virtual tutelage by the world's best bloggers on how to create killer templates that they can then save and upload (using handy conversion tools) to blogger, or myspace, or any other social community when they "graduate" from 1417. The kids will also get tips and pointers and training on how to vlog and the ability to borrow from a library of donated cameras and laptops. Ideally there would be an innernet radio station attached and maybe a handful of local access cable shows and maybe bricks n' mortar spots like the scratch academy could integrate with us offline in various cities and provide dj training and the history of hip-hop to those with musical aptitude...

1417 would form the intersection between underage and underground. It would be a training spot for future activists and poets and programmers and philosophers as well as a place where more older, accomplished bloggers could give back to up and coming youth via the innernet.

The theme of this network is that it is a station along the way--a place to create the template of the way to be specifically famous on-line, with guidance and words of wisdom on everything from dealing with creeps and indentity theft to free downloads of cool movies and books.

(like a wrinkle in time and nietzsche and gandhi's my experiments with truth and tolstoy and doestyevsky and the art of war and the illiad and...)

It would be an on-line education of an alternative way of being. By being invite only (perhaps only to the top students in every school?) there'd be an exclusivity to the network that would make membership highly coveted. As well, unlike other social communities this one would actively push out every member as soon as they hit 18.

Just like Menudo!


Blogger simpleton said...

I used to work with this age group. This idea is similar to one that I had back then, except mine was smaller in scope, it would have been regional.

I love the idea of it automatically booting them out when they're 18. I think that right before they're out, they should have some sort of special privileges. For a few months before they'd be the admins or something.

And the featured users.

When the graduated 1417, all of their stuff would be emailed to them and deleted from the server, or maybe put into a folder where they'd be able to access it, but not any of the social aspects of the site, and no browsing.

Maybe they could come back and tell the system where they went on blogspot or youtube or wherever and then the system would automatically let their friends know where they went, but only after they graduated themselves.

Reminds me of Logan's Run. Renewal.

4:17 PM  
Blogger hijacked frequencies said...

i love the idea of 'a training spot for future activists and poets and programmers and philosophers'.

that in itself has potential to rock the world.

11:51 AM  
Blogger nk said...

The problem with choosing the top students is that they are sometimes despicable.

I always had an affinity for the underdogs.

12:08 AM  
Blogger unRat said...

i like the idea too - but i think nk is right .. i don't think being the top student(s) would have a lot of relevance to this new world network.

.. maybe u should have to on-line audition - like that skule in 'fame'.

4:38 PM  
Blogger simpleton said...

Maybe open to everybody in that age group, but emphasis on the site would be on production of content instead of just meaningless social networking.

The creators would float to the top, the consumers would sink to the bottom.

Not sure how to make that happen.

2:03 AM  
Blogger TRUE said...

i think yr all right--emphasis on creating killer content, not on making the grade.

that makes total sense--especially for an idea coming from this site, as bill gates is a dropout.

werrrd to the nerds.

10:19 AM  
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10:40 PM  
Blogger Radiohumper said...

Provide the space, then:
Suspend the teachers,kill the tests, forget the auditions,fuck the rules, invite the students, and
Oh if only all millionaires did this.

10:46 PM  
Blogger TRUE said...

i dont wanna give them any space. their first lesson will be to create thier own space.

7:02 PM  

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