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I’ve written before about my love of blogging. But post-Trump victory, I’m questioning everything. On the plus side it has seen a flurry of great blogging. With news forced to normalise it, and fake news a testimony to our ability to drown in comfort rather than face truths, blogs are the place to turn to for informative comment often.

But on the downside, as David Kernohan points out, much of the grinding engine of paranoia and hatred is driven by these same tools and approaches. The ones I’ve happily championed for years. And more fundamentally I think we have to question the role of education, educational technology and educators now. As a blogger I don’t want to write about the new world, because there are others who have a better understanding of the socio-political threads coming together in this new fabric, and I don’t think I have anything new to say (apart from a long primal scream). But I can’t write about anything else. This post then really is just flagging up some blogistential angst. Damn Trump and his ilk, they’ve even contaminated this space.

While I figure this out for me, here’s a selection of some great posts:

Sherri Spelic – Incuriosity is a thing

Jesse Stommel – This paragraph was written before the world went to shit

Mike Caulfield – Fake news does better on Facebook than real news

Audrey Watters – Education Technology under Trump: A syllabus

Tressie McMillan Cottom – Digital redlining after Trump

Helen Beetham – Ed Tech and the circus of unreason

Lorna Campbell – The wrong side of history

Amy Collier – Love/Resistance

And while we’re here, let’s have some National:

19 Comments

  1. Steve Bamlett says:

    Please don’t give up on us< Martin. We need you more than ever!!!!!!

    1. admin says:

      Thanks Steve. It wasn’t so much about giving up, more that I don’t know quote how to proceed.

  2. sheilmcn says:

    Similar thoughts as Steve – don’t let them contaminate your space. Your voice is needed and wanted by many.

    1. admin says:

      Thanks Sheila. I wasn’t planning on some Greta Garbo exit, just pondering how blogging relates to all this stuff. I think it came across bleaker than I intended

  3. paigecuffe says:

    Yes, we’re selfish, but not now Martin, not now. When Reason leaves, what remains?

    1. admin says:

      Cat pictures, we’ll always have cat pictures :)

  4. Your space isn’t contaminated. Like the other spaces you mentioned it is a place to come, to breathe in the freshness and escape the contamination.

    1. admin says:

      Thanks Simon. I meant contaminated in that I can’t come here and not have to address their stuff. I don’t want to be a political blogger particularly (because I’m not very good at it), but it makes that of all of us.

  5. dkernohan says:

    In. Against. Beyond.

    1. admin says:

      Underground. Overground. Wombling free. :)

  6. CogDog says:

    Like others here, on first reading your post it sounded like “I may be leaving blogging”. On a second reading, it came across is “I don’t now what to say about this ***** but saying that is saying something”, and then a third pass brought be back to the first interpretation.

    This is not a plea to decipher. Leave it as a question.

    But your highlight of David’s observation has me thinking that, while I keep in mind Audrey’s message that all technologies have an ideology, in this case, can we really blame the tools? The values humans use/exploit it for seem to make what we call “blogging” as being neutral on values.

    This space (which at first I read as blogging as a whole, but then I read as being your space) may be contaminated; so when you find it, contaminate back. Make blogging grea— oh fudge it.

    Appreciating the ambiguity (I mean that) cause its making me think.

  7. admin says:

    Yes that’s right Alan, it was more a confusion about where all this fits in, rather than a “I can’t go on” dramatic cry. Let’s pretend I meant to be ambiguous :)

  8. Steve Bamlett says:

    Phew! That’s a relief, Martin. But your point is a good one. There is nothing in this medium that is comfortably neutral and lots that has danger and peril in its purview.

    Sometimes I have to take a break to stop me disturbing myself!

    I haven’t yet identified my desire to tweet and blog as like that of the Trump!

    Anyway, now I know you are staying, I can go to bed.

    All the best

    Steve

  9. Steve Bamlett says:

    Trump of Doom I meant. Another resurgence of apocalyptic imagery!

    When I firstb typed that it was ‘Rump of Doom’ I blame Steve Bell!

  10. macurcher says:

    The thing is Martin, that you make me (and others) think and that is part of the point of being an educator isn’t it?

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  12. Not sure there’s anything I can add that hasn’t already been said above, other than that I do think it’s important that we all keep speaking up, even if our voices appear to be drowned out, we need to keep speaking because we need that multiplicity of voices.

    Oh, and I’m always up for a bit of The National :}

    1. admin says:

      Thanks Lorna – am contemplating only blogging through the medium of National lyrics :)

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