First of all, let me say that I am not a Luddite. I am about as far from a Luddite as I could be. But there comes a point where, in my role of the blogger-in-chief for the collective unconscious of the restructuring world, I have to throw sabots in the looms. (Or, in this case, throw Louboutins at the iPads).
The word "sabotage" came from the word "sabot" - the clogs that Luddites threw at looms in protest of industrialization.
If the thought of someone hitting your iPad with a high heeled shoe makes you cringe, then you need to read this.
In a recent article, Dave Paul Strohecher commented on Nick Pearce’s examination on his blog of the zombification of higher education. Pearce observed that the use of VLE’s (virtual learning environments) was replacing “face to face human learning” with “undead digital teaching”:
In the teaching model, VLE’s provide control and consistency in a way not possible with traditional methods. VLE’s do this by limiting personal interaction. Strohecher suggests that teachers are driven to the use of VLE’s by student apathy. Continue reading