If you follow Beau of the Fifth Column on YouTube or Twitter (@BeauFTC), then you know Rule 303: "If you have the means at hand, you have the responsibility to act."
What does that mean in the context of teaching and citizen media (whatever that is)? Bear with me, I'll get there.
The so-called recent turn to independent journalism not affiliated with mainstream outlets is not new, just kitted out with new names, on new platforms and using new software. Unlike citizen media, it is practiced by experienced, professional journalists who want to make a living at it.
Do you remember the early internet terms: citizen media, participatory media, indy media, citizen journalism? Whatever you want to call the citizens creating and publicly publishing their media, they are not necessarily out to make a living although some do. For others it is hobby, avocation, side gig.
Getting back to Rule 303, this trip started with thoughts on writing for, posting on or starting and maintaining public media sites as an avocation. I asked myself, "If not actual teaching isn't this at least teaching adjacent?" Further, if you have a public page or pages -- whether website, blog, Facebook page/s or (toggleable) public timeline, Twitter stream/s or on other social media platforms -- what is your personal responsibility to inform (contribute to the education of) the public? Or professional responsibility as an educator, whether retired, active or in training?
The answer is Rule 303: "If you have the means at hand, you have the responsibility to act."
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