Video Sharing Creates Challenges For Schools

Unattributed, eSchool News, Jul 12, 2006
Commentary by Stephen Downes

It really is a case of the chickens coming home to roost, isn't it. Now that children and young adults can create and share video, their offerings look surprisingly like Fox or MTV. And, of course, parents are outraged. "But alongside the cute animal tricks, comic sports bloopers, and corny lip-synching sessions are extremely weird antics and clips of the crudest kind. There's a plethora of videos of people vying for some attention and young women flaunting their bodies." Block the sites, you say. Fine. But who is going to fix the fact that you taught them that this was OK? Honestly, what's the difference between this stuff and half-naked high school cheerleaders and scantify clad fashion models? Who was it commoditized the body - and especially the female body - in the first place?
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