I loved this Dave and would really love to have a conversation with you sometime about citation as a sociocultural practice. In 2009/10 when I was still vaguely playing the academic game, I wrote 2 academic papers about CCK08. Funnily enough, I was motivated to write them in the first place by observing during CCK08 (and I wasn’t the only one) about the common theme of networks of humans and non-humans in Actor-Network Theory and in Connectivism but lack of connection between the two ‘theories’. I have observed something similar more recently in research and reflection on Openness and Education but that’s another story.
I remember wondering if choosing the ‘popular’ topic of connectivism would have an impact on my citation ‘scores’ – and I hasten to add that I am barely above sea level in any ranking of scholars/academics. The answer is yes ( the paper published in IRRODL is my most cited paper according to Google Scholar) but so what? Watching the citations grow, and checking out wherever I could how the work was cited (often trivially or inaccurately), I have come to the conclusion that these metrics are almost meaningless, except when read in context and then they tell us more about power relations than anything else. And that’s why we need a feminist perspective IMHO.
P.S. IRRODL is now ISI ranked – Terry Anderson gives the pragmatic view here http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/1052/1879 )