A month ago I spoke at Educause – I was impressed and delighted at how forward thinking the education profession was with regards to blogs, wikis and the like. I sat and listened to keynote after keynote of educators doing remarkable things with technology – many of them recognizing the dramatic shift participatory communications is going to bring to education.
Reinforcing the rule that for every revolutionary there is a reactionary, along comes Blaise:
"One wonders for whom these hapless souls blog. Why do they choose to expose their unremarkable opinions, sententious drivel and unedifying private lives to the potential gaze of total strangers? What prompts this particular kind of digital exhibitionism? The present generation of bloggers seems to imagine that such crassly egotistical behavior is socially acceptable and that time-honored editorial and filtering functions have no place in cyberspace. Undoubtedly, these are the same individuals who believe that the free-for-all, communitarian approach of Wikipedia is the way forward. Librarians, of course, know better. – Indiana University Dean and Rudy Professor of Information Science Blaise Cronin