Monthly Archives: May 2007

Playing the piano in the British Literature Classroom


The British Literature classroom is located in a mansion on the Knightsbridge Sim, which is designed to represent real world London – all of the houses are modeled after houses in real life. By clicking on paintings and furniture in the mansion’s three floors students receive course material, including syllabi, assignments, activities and a selection of study texts. The classroom was developed by Beth Ritter-Guth (SL name – Desideria Stockton), Instructor of English, at Lehigh Carbon Community College to teach Brit Lit classes.
posted by Sean McDunnough on Knightsbridge using a blogHUD : [blogHUD permalink]

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Kids don’t have to ‘be good’ online, just careful

A good article from Thomas Friedman, author of ‘The World is Flat’, on the importance of imagination, creativity and passion in the digital age – In a flat world imagination is the key – Opinion – smh.com.au

I can’t agree with him on his point about kids needing to “be good” online though:

Our kids will not have the luxury we have of being wild and crazy when they were young because it’s on somebody’s cell phone camera forever. It’s in somebody’s MySpace. Everyone who has a cell phone is a paparazzo. Everyone who has a blog is a journalist and when everyone is a paparazzo and a journalist, everyone else is a public figure – so be good.

Just because everything we do can become public as a result of citizen journalism and publishing doesn’t mean young people have to stop having fun, they just have to be careful.

And adults have a role in teaching young people how to use the internet wisely and safely.

The reason employers and and others with ‘authority’ can get away with punishing people for what they post online is because they come from a generation that haven’t yet done it themselves.

When everyone has posted their crazy drunken teenage party pics online no-one will be able to act superior and wield power over anyone else – everyone will be in the same boat.

(Thanks to Wendy Zammit for the heads-up.)

Rethinking the purpose of this blog


Readers (both of you 🙂 ) may have noticed that my blogging has stalled… again.

My linkblog is still chugging along (although I’m a bit behind), but my actual blog-writing has come to a bit of a standstill.

My ongoing battle with blogging

I struggle with blogging. There are many reasons for this.

For one I struggle with writing… it’s just not my medium. Despite being a confident and articulate speaker it takes me forever to write things down to my satisfaction. It always has.

Writing a decent-length blog post takes me so long I get overwhelmed at the thought of it and often give up before I even begin.

Secondly, I’ve painted myself into a corner as a result of some earlier decisions I made about the purpose and focus of this blog.

Thirdly, I’m in the process of having a rethink about what I want to do with my life and myself professionally, and this obviously has an impact on what I want to blog about.

Let me elaborate on the latter two points…

Professional or personal blog?

In a previous post I wondered whether this blog should be a one-stop-shop, combining both personal and professional interests, or whether I should focus on professional interests only.

I decided to go with making this my professional blog, and focus on producing content that would support my role as a consultant in emerging technologies (with a current focus on virtual worlds).

The reasoning was that by being focussed those interested in the area of virtual worlds would be more willing to subscribe to my RSS feed.

In turn I had hoped this would raise my profile as someone with knowledge and expertise in this area, hopefully leading to more work and ultimately providing me with more income.

There are a few problems with this:

  1. Because I struggle with blogging I don’t have the energy to sustain two blogs.
  2. I have a range of other interests I’d like to blog about.
  3. My professional interests are evolving anyway. While virtual worlds still remains an area of strong interest for me, I feel like I have mastered that area to my satisfaction and now seek to explore new horizons.

What are my interests? What do I really want to do?

Realising I want to blog about more than just emerging technologies has led me to realise that I don’t want to restrict myself to just being a consultant in this field.

My interests range far wider than emerging technology – they include personal growth, spirituality, cyberculture, cultural studies, media and communications, education, music and the arts.

And I realise I’ve been hiding behind a “professional front” for some time now, reluctant to express my more personal thoughts and opinions on a whole range of topics that interest me. This has to change.

The solution – reflected in the nature this blog

As I redefine what I want to do those changes will be reflected in this blog, so from now on this will just be “my blog”… making no distinction between the personal and the professional.

(And my recent blogHUD post entitled “Jokay and I knocking back a few tequilas” would have put pay to any pretensions that this is a serious, professional blog anyway! 🙂 )

From now on you will see me post on a wider range of topics – not just virtual worlds and Second Life – and I will share more of my personal opinion, particularly on topics they may be a bit controversial and that I may have been reluctant to talk about in the past.

And I will bookmark websites covering other areas of interest and this will be reflected in my daily links/linkblog.

Oh… and I’ll be changing the description of who I am and what I do… that little bio under my sidebar pic – as soon as I sort of work it out and find a better way of expressing what that is!

The journey continues…

I don’t know where all this will lead me, but I’m discovering that blogging is a real process… one that’s both scary and exciting.

And this blog is turning out to be a bit of a personal journal, isn’t it? It’s becoming a tool to assist in my journey to discover who I really am and what I want to do.

But then again… this blog is called “Sean’s Emerging…” after all! 😉

(Image by edouard escougnou)