Presidential Compassion & The Story We Tell Ourselves

Daily Random Shit for 2016-02-07: Presidential Compassion & The Story We Tell Ourselves I’ve seen this photo in my Facebook feed over the years, posted as example of how George W was a much more compassionate man than the much hated current president. Whether Mr. Bush, Jr. is a compassionate man, I have no real way of knowing. But I do wonder if the gesture of hugging soldiers either returning from service or going to serve (the photo doesn’t say) somehow counters the fact that this man sent these soldiers to serve and possibly die in two wars based on … Continue reading Presidential Compassion & The Story We Tell Ourselves

Curt Schilling & Whether to Fight with Internet Trolls

I felt prompted to post the following comment on the website of one of my favorite daily podcasts, The Morning Stream (episode 777), after the hosts discussed the controversy after friend of the show, Curt Schilling, took a hard approaching to dealing with threatening comments made by online trolls directed at Schilling and his daughter (CNN 2015): When one thinks about punishing the trolls for their bad behavior, I completely understand the frustration with thinking that there’s really no point of engaging the battle because it won’t change the trolls behavior and because it’s a game of whack-a-mole with dozens … Continue reading Curt Schilling & Whether to Fight with Internet Trolls

The Threat the Internet Represents to What We Value in Life

Back from California, I had a great brief visit with family after a wonderful return to Macworld. During my family stay I spent some time doing the tech-support thing and got some work done bouncing between whatever computer I was working on, my MacBook air, iPad and iPhone. My niece exclaimed at one point, “how many computers do you have?!” I just smiled.

One thought that lingers came from a heated conversation that I had with one brother-in-law about the anti-SOPA movement. If the conversation is any indication of what the masses feel about what happened with the anti-SOPA movement that the message is getting really mangled out there.

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freedom to screw up required if one wants perfection: emdt students reflect on blogging

An open letter to my emdt co-workers, co-conspirators & creativity enablers, On one level or another I’ve been teaching communication and writing since I took my first teaching assignment 15-years ago. One thing that I learned right away was that … Continue reading freedom to screw up required if one wants perfection: emdt students reflect on blogging

Twitter in Education?


One of my students recently read an article in the New York Times about how Twitter was killing the art of real conversation because twitter-ers were breaking the first rule of conversation by not really listening and only waiting for their opportunity to jump in. Then my student questioned how social media and Twitter might help or hurt the educational “conversation. Needless to say, I could hardly wait to add my two-cent to the conversation:

One of the problems with Web 2.0 stuff is that its use often defies the structures previously understood. What is twitter? In a linear world of meetings and memos, Twitter makes no sense. In a world of direct emails and broadcast media Twitter makes no sense.

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