Shooting from the hip: Peter sums it up
Peter Ford sums up perfectly what Web 2.0 is all about when you're trying to work things out, and how important it is to take words in context. And reminds me that a trip to Brissie is well overdue for some of that "amber nectar":
But the web is different and seems to somehow add more weight to disagreements. However, we should not be afraid of shooting our ideas from the hip, of showing our thinking in progress on the blog as well as our finished masterpieces. This is actually creativity and accountability in action because people can respond to what is written with their own ideas, questions and feedback. We should also not be afraid to robustly defend what we believe or to ask questions of others when we feel we have been wronged. The freedom to do both of these things is what will break us out of the edu-blogging echo chamber and allow us have ultimately productive conversations. Flaming may be something we want to avoid but let's not replace it with a civility that is based on a measured blandness.