Who's Responsible for Online Culture?

Joan Vinall-Cox, Weblog, Feb 13, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The issue of the principal being harassed online via comments from his students in Facebook has been front page news here recently, because the students in question were suspended from school for cyberbullying. This is a bit of a departure, as principals are not usually thought of as victims of bullying (the power imbalance has historically made bullying the principal all but impossible). Joan Vinall-Cox puts the incident in much better perspective than most of the press coverage: "Why are we surprised at the behavior of some digital natives online, when we watch what happens on some/many TV news shows, in sections of most newspapers, and in popular celebrity magazines?"
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