Here’s why I think blogging remains a useful experience for young children.
In the 1800s, the rapid industrialization of Britain gave rise to two nations. The working class and the political class. The political class read the Times, the working class (the reading public) had the Northern Star and the Poor Man’s Guardian. The latter, known as the pauper press, were physically attacked by the government: their premises raided, property seized and employees imprisoned.
Now remind me why technology has created political emancipation. It’s also worth pointing out they is no journalism without reaction (Hunter. S. Thompson) and that journalists see popular culture subjectively favoring sexual gossip, scandal and innuendo or objectively (to be featured and controlled).
Trying to combine journalism, culture and education is difficult because New media cannot readily escape older supplant older traditions. What has changed is the ability of ruling classes to raid the locations of citizen journalism and peer to peer social networks. The result is increasing surveillance and objective journalism which uses short turn truth. Politicians routinely change their views in the media without lasting effect on their credibility and the reading public is tweeting so fast nothing remains in the field of view for more than a few minutes unless it is scandalous, speculated our other rabble rousing muck.
If teachers are to instill digital literacy in children, they might also consider whether the media they consume is objective or subjective. Given keynote speakers often say their job is to get a reaction, then they are journalists.for I’d argue that children need to know about this, so that they are seen as part of a democratic process, rather than fiction.
While blogging isn’t as cool as it once was, it remains an essential media tool. Edublogs is more useful to children and society because it continue the tradition of journalism. Interestingly, Google documents continues the commercial ambition of office automaton.
I make this point because so much of what appears to food the educational technology feed is about which tool is better, rather than considering the reason your being told about it now. Commercial popularly is no real reason to introduce any technology to students.
Edublogs treats children as journalists who are able to create news and deliver it to the public. In an increasingly throw away culture, I still think edublogs (or blogs in general) because the journalist is able and willing to take advice. Culturally this is better than taking advice as judgement or being sucked into the sensationalism and rivalry of social media popularity contests.
Schools are not coffee shops nor are they an audition for popular culture festivals (conferences, conventions, meetings). It seems to me that all kids can learn a lot from being a journalist about their own topics, and learn nothing from being the subject of other people’s.
I’m not sure how old edublogs is now, but it’s still a great way to introduce kids to media and journalism.