The Wild Web

Tim Johnson, University Affairs, Oct 20, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The AUCC University Affairs has taken a "Web 2.0: threat or menace" approach to new technologies, depicting them as the cause of deaths (well, two of them, anyways), harassment, misrepresentation and more. None of this distinguishes new media from anything that existed prior to new media, but that doesn't prevent the article from citing repeated calls for "codes of conduct" to regulate student behaviour on the net. This notwithstanding the fact that Canada has perfectly good anti-hate laws that apply to everyone, not just students. I think the real question here is why an academic publication - one presumably based on reason and sober assessment - should take such an unthinking and panic-stricken stance regarding the web. Via Bryan Alexander.
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