So this noose-Googlingly depressing exchange happened:
— Gardner Campbell (@GardnerCampbell) April 24, 2015
I was half-jesting, but this is like Superman and Batman preemptively just saying “no” to the Justice League. Lennon refusing to come together with McCartney. Hall telling Oates he can’t go for that.
Why is Mr. Lott such a sad man? Because—despite my efforts to “come back” to the education and technology fold—I’m just too tired for all the oh-so-wonderful projects that are oh-so-meta. The field of fucks from which I farm1 in service of feeding the maw of education and technology about education and technology is deeply depleted. Even perennials sometimes pass, never to return.
Don’t get me wrong…Thought Vectors and Rhizo and Happenings are awesome. And needed. By myself included. But they’re also education and technology ouroboroses, putting cool ideas to work in service of the field(s) from which those cool ideas spring. I’m not being dismissive of them, just observing their spiraling outlines. I’ll be embarking on something vaguely similar this summer, teaching a class on digital citizenship and intellectual property in the form of having students exploring being online in this heavily tech-mediated time. The work I link to is good—even great—work I can’t come close to (though I selfishly hope to adopt and adapt, co-opt and capitalize upon, without quite idolatrizing the makers).
But what I really want: I want these spotlights—my guiding lights—to swivel and shine on other parts of the world (I know, this isn’t the first time I’ve whined about this, nor will it be the last). I want Thought Vectors: the Milton Edition, putting the assertion that “the mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven…” to the question. I want a Gothic Happening. I want RhizoMontaigne or cMOOC-MONTAIGNE exploring our essais and forays into mediated existence. How about DS (Digital Shakespeare) Turned-to-11: Be the Bard2? So many big boring open things out there (xMOOCS, I’m looking at you) about interesting stuff and so many exciting events/festivals out there celebrating, essentially, themselves and their grounded disciplines. Is there any taste for putting the two together for the groundlings with the telescope facing outward?
- Thanks to Sarah for sharing the image…perhaps I need to take up needlepoint. ↩
- I’m mixing apples and oranges with the DS 106 allusion, since it really isn’t about the technology or education, but I really want to taste the orapple of that model meeting Shakespeare (the writing, the history, the culture, the performances, the adapations). ↩