Absence of Trust

George Couros, Connected Principals, Aug 25, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

OK, it's time to cut down this meme before it grows. George Couros writes, "…there are two places that are making efforts to ban social media in the world; China and schools." So inaccurate. There are dozens of countries around the world where social media is restricted or blocked. But not just that. The blocking of social media in the corporate environment is widespread. I think the prevalence of social media is a good indicator of democracy: where social media is blocked, or curtailed, democracy has failed, or been curtailed. And I guess what surprises me most is tat people don't expect to find democracy in the schools, or in the workplace, and yet these are the places where it would have the greatest impact and benefit.
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