Documenting Work on the Backstage

Greg McVerry

Greg McVerry is a teacher, researcher and scholar at Southern Connecticut State University.

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  1. It cannot be called “stealing” when the subject in question was not only freely given away but also pilfered in the same manner. Hmmm here comes another blog post about what word choice implies. It’s not stealing at all. The whole notion of backstage is something I got from Jon Udell’s idea about narrating the work we do. You will have to track him down to trace the crime further back.

    Thanks to you Greg, for not only the energy you have pumped into Connected Courses, The You Show, now DML15 commons. This is how our open system should work.

    I had to look up “Bleacher Report” (have I stolen something of theirs?) That was less a report than an actual presentation format I tried with Brian Lamb. The media is what was shown, all the verbiage and links were left for followup.

    Steal away, steal away!

    • Greg McVerry says:

      Yes, I could be accused of using snark in my word choice, but the idea of “stealing” actually more refers back to the work of Henry Jenkins and Poaching which in turn traces back to Bakhtin’s idea of “carnivale.” The term I think was first used by Michel de Certeua and I “poached” it from Stergois Botzakis work in Graphic Novels. The idea is that we travel a landscape of others’ ideas and take what we need.

      In terms of “Bleacher Report” they perfected the practice of slideshow articles to maximize click through rates. It’s basically a listicle broken into X number of pages.

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