The role of a University?

Is it to teach commercial skills (like how to run Adobe InDesign) or is it to push people to explore their fields and themselves?

Steve Sloan is asking for feedback about his innovative podcasting class because the university wants to change it to be just a pure skills class.


You can learn InDesign from a book. You can’t have a small group interaction with speakers like Steve Sergeant, host of Wildebeat, David Weinberger, author of Cluetrain Manifesto, Aaron Uhrmacher, Second Life expert, Phil Wolff, SkypeJournal author, or students talking about their own podcasts. I spoke to the class as well. Notice how all those link to podcasts of the actual class sessions!

It’s a shame, because San Jose State University needs more innovative classes like these, not fewer.

Steve is hosting a meeting Thursday evening to discuss the situation and see if they can do anything.

Watch out, the world is changing…

I love this quote from Dave Winer: Wes Felter says that “most people” don’t want to connect their computers to a TV. Well, most people, in the day in horses and buggies, didn’t want to ride in an internal combustion engine-driven mobility device, but today it’s impossible to live in modern society without using the darned things.”

Thomas Hawk says Google’s hype is too high

Dave Winer’s comments yesterday sure got a lot of commentary. I put some of them over on my link blog. But, I liked Thomas Hawk’s points the best.

One thing about this new world. You can certainly see when there are divergent opinions and we’re far more cautious this time around. I still remember having to lay myself off in the bust last time and that wasn’t fun at all.

I’d rather have it this way than the old way where all the “professional” hype was up, up, up.