Tuesday, April 14, 2009

21st Century Cheaters

From Open Thinking up in the great land of .ca, a tale of how a video went viral via (and because of) a simple cheat scheme.

Moral of this story?
Recognizing the power of networks and nodes and understanding why certain messages become more wide-spread than others (whether by merit, messenger, or manipulation) are important media literacy skills.

Sort of a uniquely 21st century skill, no? (Or, the 21st century version of ballot-stuffing)...

One way or another, this is the sort of thing our students have to deal with; so we should be educated in it as well.

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