John Naughton’s 1999 history of the internet, A Brief History of the Future: From Radio days to Internet Years in a Lifetime, arrived at my house this afternoon. I plan on reading it during my imminent travel to Dallas, but I started flipping through it this evening when I noticed the following in the acknowledgements:
Wait, what? Martin Weller? Isn’t he that wierd dude from Wales who runs a lot, does early histories of cross-dressing revolutions, and blogs about edtech. I know that guy, in fact I am a BIG FAN! More seriosuly, Martin Weller, Tony Hirst, and Scott Leslie independently pointed me to this book, and if that’s not a resounding recommendation from an edtech brain trust, I don’t know what is.
What’s more, reading Martin Weller’s name here actually reminded me how fortunate I am to have so many awesome folks regularly giving me feedback, recommendations, and encouragement on this blog. I know it shoudn’t take the acknowledgements section of a book published in 1999 to spark that realization, but this evening it did. Probably because I deal with Martin somewhat regualrly through his virtual presence and regular thinking on the web that he’s become just another person in my network—which is good in so many ways. But he is also someone who has a lot of experience and experitse in this field, and he has been really generous with sharing it, and has made me a better edtech as a result. I really appreciate that. Thanks Martin, and every other edtech hippie on the internet that shares their work and makes mine better as a result. I am a BIG FAN!