Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.
“Always urgent, but never specific. That should get the result you want.” —@MeetingBoy
“Saying it’s ‘post-pandemic’ because your regional lockdown is over is like saying it’s ‘post-climate change’ because the flooding in your town receded.” —@emorwee
“Vaccine efforts, and much of public health for that matter, are about convincing and manipulating people rather than providing them options, data, or decision-making tools. The base assumption is that the public is stupid and that the information they get must be carefully controlled and metered. That approach doesn’t work well in a networked information-rich environment. To compensate for this and achieve planned outcomes, network technology companies are being enlisted to actively control, censor, and manage public discussions on public health. NOTE: we saw this happen with [US] politics in 2019.” —@JohnRobb
“The move to working from home was sudden and forced by the pandemic. The move back to the office or something ‘hybrid’ promises to be a clusterfugg. The great move to return to the office will make Murphy of Murphy’s Law fame look like a wild-eyed optimist.”
“The concept of a ‘traditional’ student has held on for so long because it is easy to design and make decisions for this idealised version of a student. Educators don’t need to change their teaching approach if they continue to assume that all students show up to class ready to give their undivided attention because they are free from any burdens, stressors, or anxieties. Administrators can continue to make decisions based on financial gain rather than students’ interests. This way of thinking is hurting college students’ experiences, success, and outcomes, and this became even clearer in 2020 when several events, from Covid to Black Lives Matter, revealed how much students are struggling.”