๐Ÿ“‘ Academic Outrage

Bookmarked Academic Outrage: When The Culture Wars Go Digital by Tressie McMillan Cottom (tressiemc)
This isnโ€™t an issue for individual professors. This is an organized effort. Sociologists may know a little something about those. Learn how to organize, then organize.
Tressie McMillan Cottom discusses the challenges of being critical in online spaces. She says to learn how to organise and then organise. Some take-aways include:

  • Beware the hand-wavers and the hand-wringers
  • On the flip side, donโ€™t be a hand-waver and hand-wringer
  • If you or a colleague is under attack, help your institution to help you
  • Take care of your family
  • Master platforms
  • Get long-term

I wonder what this means for K-12 educators and the call for connected educators?

2 responses on “๐Ÿ“‘ Academic Outrage”

  1. I am blessed to have never suffered the venom and vitriol that some folks are subject to Aaron, so I feel ill-equipped to comment. Perhaps I don’t put myself on the line in the way that some do and I simply play it safe, or maybe it’s my privileged position?
    For all the benefits that a low bar to publishing online brings, the downsides should be of equal concern. K-12 educators are certainly not immune of course, and there have been some incidents which have gone beyond the mere Twitter ‘spats.’ I wonder if there would be value in generating a similar set of techniques to those Tressie has produced, but more appropriate to our sector?
    At first I applauded her closing remark (“Solidarity and sunshine are the best disinfectants in the age of social media.”) and the way it reflects similar sentiments to those I’ve seen people expressing in my research. But then I wondered about ‘solidarity,’ and how that too can sometimes be pressed into service when people begin to ‘pile on’ in a less than positive way.
    I really don’t have a clue where this will all lead and what the outcome will be. The young survivors in Florida, what they’re seeking to achieve, and the way they’re being celebrated by some and hounded by others. I hope the outcome will be positive, but what harm will have been done along the way? It’s complex for sure.

    1. I wonder if there would be value in generating a similar set of techniques to those Tressie has produced, but more appropriate to our sector?

      I think that is a really good idea. I might start thinking about what advice I would provide those, beyond the hype of drinking the koolaid. I think that Graham Martin-Brown’s post offers a starting point.

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