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July 24, 2009


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I thought we were over postmodernism - and, BTW, the moon thing - excellent!

Dennis G. Jerz

I'll out myself on this one... I called it thoughtful because it presented a point of view that has lots of traction.

In journalism, it's the mark of a good editor to give a voice to stakeholders on many sides of an issue. Just because you find this editorial in the Christian Science Monitor doesn't mean that the editors agree with it. Incidentally, the CSM recently discontinued its print publication, converting to an all-online outfit, so it's likely that this editorial was part of a conscious effort to encourage exploration and debate.

As to the content of the essay... It is frustrating to see how this essay romanticizes the silent contemplation of old technology romanticized, while abstracting to annoying sound effects the tools that 21C students use so frequently in their social lives. Wisner imagines a library for patrons who don't exist, but he makes a good historical case for that library, and his essay will likely be a good discussion prompt if I should use it when I teach a class this spring on the history and future of the book.

A few months ago, a senior faculty asked members of a committee to think of the word "technology" and then call out the first thing that comes to mind...

I called out "play" and "game" and "learn," while others called out things like "fear" and "paralysis" and "confusion".

The essay helped me to understand the point of view of those colleagues who think of technology as a soul-draining chore, as well as students who don't fit the plugged-in demographic, who may feel threatened when I advocate technology.

I'm glad your post gave me the chance to spell out my thougths in more detail.

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Took me time to read all the comments, but I enjoyed the article.

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Nice video! I love watching it..Oh my! Thanks for sharing it.. ^^,

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Most of what is written is written by people with opinions, and as they work for publishers who have agendas, mainly political, they write according to the official position of their management, and in that way help to form, or sway public opinion.


Scholars are made through the quiet study of one chapter at a time. For that we need silence. We need to restore an appreciation for the close study of words.


Picky, picky, picky, you are illustrating why we folks who work in learning technologies (oops, is that a no-no?) are so often misunderstood or disenfranchised by the language we use... we cannot seem to agree on much and the 'baby' (popular jargon) does get thrown out with the slightly used bathwater.

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