I didn’t want to let too much time go by before responding to Doug’s post, and the others that have followed it, but I haven’t have time for a thorough response. There’s plenty of thoughtfulness in the posts and comments, but I did just want to state, again, that I’m pretty sure an awful lot of the “conversation” on the post(s) is based on a bad assumption, which is this:
There isn’t one “edublogosphere.” Never has been and never will be. So to ascribe universal characteristics to something which isn’t (universal) is problematic, to say the least. Here’s how I said it in November:
Mostly, the assumption that’s troubling me so much is that there’s one group (community – whatever) out there that exists for educational conversation via electronic media, and that we should all try to engage and involve everyone in that one (fallacious) group so that we’re all friends and reading and commenting each other. And that we’ll all agree on where that group should go, when they should meet, and what we’ll all do when we get there. Or that we ever agreed in the first place.
Ain’t going to happen. Not now, not ever. Never did happen, in fact. We all construct our blogrolls, our Twitter friends, or our other social networking relationships for our benefit and to meet our own unique needs.
Would I prefer to see more reflective or data-driven posts around teaching and learning practices? Yep. But me (or anyone else) not seeing them doesn’t mean that they’re not there. I’d encourage you to read the rest of that November post for more explanation of my position.