The Perils of Web 2.0

4 thoughts on “The Perils of Web 2.0”

  1. I think you make some valid points. I definitely do NOT think we should simply block useful sites, tools, resources, etc. because there might be something offensive in them.

    We are no longer a world where it is easy to “shelter” children from things that may be age appropriate. As educators and parents we need to discuss these topics with our kids so when they encounter offensive or inappropriate items, they know how to respond.

    Teaching values, ethics, appropriate behaviors is where our time should be spent…

  2. I read Talking Books while a kid. Still use them. These are recorded books available to people who are blind (totally or partially). I read books on a much higher age reading level as a child than most. My parents did not censor me; I made my own book requests after about the sixth or seventh grade.

    Consequently, I have a hard time identifying with this censoring bit. I tended to ignore stuff I didn’t think was “decent”, or at least didn’t get shocked by it.

    Sometimes I think people over-react to this sort of stuff.

  3. Hello. Been meaning to have a look in since that exchange. Many other things intervening. Don’t recall exactly what I was thinking at the time, other than there were several things to consider in relation to the topic. A couple of thoughts, then:

    Too right, Ken. I’ve been around enough kids who live outside the mainstream to know that they don’t bat an eye at things many adults would blanche at. It makes me wonder just what is being ‘protected’. Someone else’s idea of what we should be thinking? That seems a futile exercise!

    As the author of the offending caption, the issue of censorship is just one of a few things to consider, given that I have my own ideas about what needs to be said and done. For me, properly considered censorship is a compromise between the interests of one person and those of another. For example, my intent in captioning the photo, and someone else’s intent regarding public discourse. So the way a request is presented makes a big difference in the outcome. In short, even censorship can be a dialogue, a negotiation. It should be treated as such, so that all parties are aware of the stakes involved, and the basis for negotiation.

    That said, if anyone here is interested in a project that involves getting children out into their local landscapes, and in using the web to share their experience with children in another part of the world, there’s a project being cooked up here over the next few weeks. This would be a combination of guidance and self-guidance that might be obliquely relevant to the conversation above.

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