Saturday, 29 September 2007

Onward to Glory

With reference to the blogging unit, I was asked by a colleague "what next?". here's my answer:

What next - perhaps an investigation into what it was like to be an immigrant arriving in Britain? You chose the time (eg Windrush, or modern). There's reports from Canada of the "Metagama" passengers, emigrating from Scotland and the difficulties they had.

O would some power the giftie gie us to see ourselves as others see us.

In truth, the SQA have sent me the official work, so I'll have to channel the classes in to cover that. As blogs are about empathy as well as communication, they are open to a wide range of uses. For example, blogging as a famous historical character, or about unfolding historical events.

With the wonders of hindsight, we forget that even famous people were young once, and that major events didn't happen overnight but unfolded over time. Think of the famous diarists, Anne Frank, Samuel Pepys, Frederick Douglass - people can empathise with some of the mundane events in their lives, and sympathise with some of the extra-ordinary (and horrific) events that they were forced to experience. As a blogger, connecting with just one person who doesn't know you allows you to class yourself as a citizen of the Web. People need to see that others can empathise with their stories, no matter where in the world the readership comes from. Web 2.0 is about the human connections, not the technology. Humanity has always striven to communicate more effectively. Blogs allow many technologies to be brought together in one place - so if anyone finds blogging boring, it is merely a reflection of the individual.

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