Standing on the shoulders of Lilliputians
Hello World! I have been away for awhile, savouring Seattle and San Fran, and am now back in my humble abode. Since I haven’t blogged lately, I thought I best get back at it, with a recap of where I believe I stand in the ongoing Moodle Forum wars in CCK08.
Prior to my trip, I had been discussing behaviourism, eliminative materialism, and a few other subjects in a dialogue with Mr. Stephen Downes, philosopher at large. I proposed that connectivism was merely a form of behaviourism, revised for the increase in technology usage. As I understand the outcome of this dialogue, Stephen has decided my questions are not worth responding too, and has refused to continue, leaving several of my unanswered questions on the table. His reasons for this are unclear, but I am feeling that he is not up for challenge, is pushing an agenda, and is a pedant at heart. He is not a professor that I would seek out. I am not sure he is even a professor. I think he is a researcher, and a part-time lecturer on web 2.0 stuff.
Next I moved into a passionate discussion wherein I made several statements in direct opposition to some of the statements made by Stephen and others in that thread. This brought on Roy, who demanded that I obey the rules of references. As I understand his version of this, my statements have no validity or utility unless I quote someone. Now, he does not always live by this rule, but demands that I do. I would label him as an academic-net-nanny, trying to impose his norms on me. Funny thing, this is unecessary, as any validity or utility of my statements/questions will not be decided by the ‘Shoulders of Lilliputians” (SOL), but on their own merit and utility to anyone who reads them. Roy is SOL?
Over to the “Thin-Skinned Geeks” thread. In here, I incurred the wrath of Om, which included strong suggestions that I was in fact Catherine. I confess that I have utmost respect for Catherine, and often find her to be one of the bravest and most lucid in this course. Om is facile with the english language, and I think that we are at peace in deciding that “poopy pants” was more appropriate than “Thin-Skinned Geeks”.
So, where am I today? I am reading the latest required readings, and girding my loins for future battle in the forums. I am very much looking forward to the ongoing debate, and hope I will be able to find the time to engage fully. It is challenging at times, but beyond doubt, fun! Here’s to fun to be had by all!