What do the Dark Lord of the Sith and the Prince of Walden Woods have in common? Well, for starters, they both, despite the boundaries of death and/or reality, have blogs.
Yep, that’s right. Darth and Hank (thanks, Bill) have been blogging regularly for some time now, which leads to several thoughts:
1. If "real" people can assume the identities of those who are not (or who aren’t any longer, sorry Mr. Thoreau), then it’s getting even more important that we are teaching our students that they don’t take anything at face value. Of course, we already do that, right? The examples I’m talking about have made positive contributions — what kind of negative postings are hiding in the shadows? (One that I already have seen, but will not link to here, is the "blog" of Terri Schiavo. It was pretty tasteless.)
2. Imagine the possibilities that such fictive blogs and bloggers can create in our classrooms. Who else can we or our students create blogs for? Is the re-publication of some of Thoreau’s highlights enough to move students into his books? What other authors are prime for this sort of thing? How interesting would it be to read the blogs of some of literature’s great characters?
3. Is there a list of these fictive blogs? Can someone point me to it? If not, should we start one?