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Michael Stephens on DOPA and Flickr

My take on things? The same freak-out fanatics who got everyone in a tizzy about the Internet at large are now targeting Flickr and similar social software environments. Read Michael Stephens’ sensible but passionate discussion of this issue.

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  1. What’s so powerful about DOPA-supporters point of view is that they don’t involve much education…just point and fire type arguments. However, i find myself agreeing with Flickr-banning. I do agree it is irresponsible for K-12 advocates to encourage Flickr use in K-12–whether they are digital storytelling facilitators, librarians, whomever.

    The path through the fear and values-argument is education. However, that is less an option in a presidential administration that is committed to merging religion and state to garner votes. DOPA’s significance is nothing next to that bigger issue. It’s like complaining about being in the frying pan when the fire is burning even hotter.

    In the meantime, check out

    Thank you,

    Sunday, July 30, 2006 at 7:55 am | Permalink
  2. Miguel, what is it about encouraging the use of Flickr that is irresponsible? What makes Flickr different from any other library resource that children have access to? The children that come to my library have access to movies, art books, magazines, newpapers, and images that come up on Google and Yahoo! searches. (Yes, we provide internet filters. But as we all know, filters don’t actually work in filtering everything that might be “questionable.”) I’ve cruised Flickr quite a bit–I’ve even gone out of my way to search for “naughty” pictures–and I’ve seen less that I’d want to shield children from than you’d see watching cable during primetime hours. What makes Flickr so special that it should be banned? Why would a library ban any tool or medium?

    Sunday, July 30, 2006 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

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