Word of mouth is a wonderful thing. A friend has pointed me towards the following stories which are both entertaining and challenging. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
Sci-fi around encountering alien values and reconsidering our own. From blog found here.
Prompted by ideas about social changes effected by digital communication and the Internet, what do we need to learn in schools? There are several online resources with this very question up for discussion, and rightly so. The Internet, as a wonder of the modern world, is utterly deserving of its capital letter.
Youth work has emphasis on voluntary engagement with young people, but schooling has conventionally been compulsory. Why is this? I can see schooling as teaching young people things they need to know, accepting that young people are not necessarily in a position to decide what is important, and so we conduct a form of indoctrination while they are in this fledgling state. The nature of this indoctrination varies, depending on the society. Later in their development we seek to teach them about choice and responsibility, helping them on the path to becoming active members of society.
The question arising from the context of improved digital communication and Internet access is this:
What do young people need to learn, and what can they simply access via the Internet?
This seems to be doing the rounds right now, so I might as well offer my take.
I don’t think Twitter actually needs a purpose per se, more than being a facilitator. By enabling organised data streams to be established and monitored it would seem to be taking our communal existence to a new level.