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Barriers to Entry

“When I told my daughter that I was going to a presentation on blogs, she said ‘NO! You can’t do blogs in schools! Blogs are OURS!’” –Barriers to Entry (Weblogg-Ed) While I still encounter many students who have never heard the word “weblog” before I introduce it in class, I’ve been increasingly encountering students who already use LiveJournal or some other blogging software for social purposes, and who encounter a brief…

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Journalism, Education and Failure

I blogged about Ailee Slater’s Oregon Daily Emerald student entitlement essay before reading any of the discussions that raged on the internet. Clancy was moved to react against the gendered response to Slater, and invoked sympathy for Slater based on her [Slater's] apparent alienation from university culture. The sexist and ad-hominem attacks on Fark and elsewhere on the internet were unhappy reminders that there are far worse sins than writing…