'The Phantom Professor'

No one at Southern Methodist University knew — for sure — who The Phantom Professor was. The professor’s blog, like those of many untenured academics, was anonymous and the university was never named. –Scott Jaschik –‘The Phantom Professor’ (Inside Higher Ed) A professor blogs anonymously, venting about the campus crime and the wealthy socialites in her classes. SMU officials admit that they know about the blog, they admit that they worry…

Home from Iraq

How many other American journalists, perhaps not as secure in their position as I, have thought to do a story and decided that it’s too close to the bone, too questioning of the American government or its actions? How many times was the risk that our own government might come in and rifle through our apartment, our homes or take us away for questioning in front of our children a…

Remember: You Can't Swat a Fly With a Computer

We are prudent, practical, common-sense people. And what could be more common-sense – more downright American – than chopping down vast acres of trees, loading them onto trucks, driving the trucks to paper mills where the trees are ground into paste and reconstituted as huge rolls of newsprint, which are put back onto trucks and carted across the country to printing plants where they are turned into newspapers as we…

Google's War on Hierarchy, and the Death of Hierarchical Folders

Given the dominance of Hierarchical folders over the last 40 years, this is a major development in the history of information management. Implicit in Google’s product offerings is an declaration of war: Hierarchy is doomed, and Search is going to kill it. –John Hiler –Google’s War on Hierarchy, and the Death of Hierarchical Folders (Microcontent News) The article doesn’t deliver as much philosophical speculation as the blurb suggests… it’s actually a…

Horizontal Classrooms

We edubloggers talk and write about this a lot, this idea that the tools of the Read/Write Web necessarily change the relationships and construction of the classroom. When audience moves from one teacher to many readers, when assessment moves measuring correctness to measuring usefulness, when we ask for long lasting contribution of ideas instead of short-lived answers to narrow questions, it requires us to rethink our roles as teachers and…