Everyone'S Tripping and It'S All Free

Brock Read, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Jun 20, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Bryan Alexander states, accurately, "The Chronicle's stance of reporting against, er, about technology is one of the biggest, least appreciated problems in academic computing and instructional technology." I have long wondered about this. What motivates such partisan reporting, biased to the point of parody? This latest coverage - a breathless endorsement of the Gorman stance in the Britannica blog. "Academic bloggers have savaged Mr. Gorman's treatises," reports the Chronicle, without the slightest hint that the bloggers may have a point. "Do you have the sense that Wikipedians, 'citizen journalists,' and other Web 2.0 enthusiasts seek to devalue your published work?" Um... what?
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