Over two years ago when the UMW Blogs experiment got started I was really excited and passionate. I stalked many a student in their comments and tried my best to build community. I thought it was the right thing to do. I thought it would open up new possibilities for connecting and re-imagining teaching and learning. But tonight the dark side of this dream has been realized. Just a few short hours ago the following image was posted on the UMW Secrets blog, and to be honest, I’m terrified! See for yourself….
Not only is the likeness remarkable, but it makes me feel naked and vulnerable. What kind of sicko would do something like this? Has the ugly side of openness finally emerged on UMW Blogs? Is it time to fascistly filter what’s happening there to make the UMW web once again safe for teaching and learning? I think it is, because we now have solid evidence that there’s someone out there, watching me—in fact, he or she is watching all of us—and it’s important that we remember this and take the necessary precautions to strangle any modicum of joy, fun, and discovery out of the learning process all together, otherwise we’d actually be teaching people something about how the world works.