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Tom Morris, May 16, 2006

Tom Morris comments on the BBC's widely publicized plan to embrace Web 2.0 technologies: "What the BBC don't seem to understand is that user-generated content is happening all around them, and that we don't need 'BBC Blogs' or 'BBC Flickr' or 'BBC YouTube' for that to happen." Quite right, and as Catherine Howell observes in her follow-up to her" post, "we don't need institutional versions of them, squirrelled away in a CMS, either." She goes on to observe that "For the older academics, identity is protected through restricting access to it; by using the language of privacy and confidentiality to talk about it; by preferring password-protected environments. For the younger students, identity is protected by becoming your own publisher and marketer."

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