These friendships do not go into an ever-widening circle. There are certain definite well-traveled paths in the project, and after a while no new people are met. (p67)
I fear this is an example of where the field of open online learning can end up. Language Learning is a good example – It’s amazing to think that there are millions of language teachers out there and not all that much variety of language educators online, considering the natural fit between distributed content and language. Even less voice from language learners. I’m sure some natural human factors are at play.
Perhaps many people have opted for that avoidance. And, it’s just a part of social humans.
Everything tends to degenerate into ineffective cliques, as a natural course. (p68)