Even though I haven’t been writing about it of late, I’ve been following with interest the ongoing discussion regarding blog safety and blog murders and other disruptions, making mental notes, mind maps, tagging, bookmarking etc. I think I’m finally getting down a process for all of this, one that works for me.
But here’s the weird moment. In the midst of saving a recent snippet of information to del.icio.us, I found myself thinking long and hard about what tags to use to describe it, not for easy retrieval sake, but for “I wonder what people will think if I tag it that way” sake.
Either I’m starting to get too paranoid about all of this or I’ve just taken one small step closer to enlightenment. Isn’t this what living the transparent life is all about? Not being paranoid, per se, but being aware that the things you write, AND, now, the things you read (and record, and take pictures of) are held up for public scrutiny. That is a hugely complex, disruptive and difficult shift, as evidenced by the passionate discussions surrounding it.
And, I’ll say it again. This is only the beginning. It’s getting and will continue to get worse on the disruption scale. And the question remains: how best do we manage our students necessary exposure to this new environment in order to prepare them to navigate it safely and effectively?