— Doug Belshaw (@dajbelshaw) March 6, 2012
I am fairly sure I can draw the dots as to what Doug is Gah-ing about. Badge bashing is flashing about, but it was hardly “up in arms” when some people noted that the DML splash with Connected Learning did not seem to mention a great deal of prior work in this area.
(FYI, the graphic is from Soul Kahn’s ep- okay, I did not find creative commons, but I did buy the album, if anything for the Alec Baldwin song).
It’s not that I see people like Siemens, Downes, Courus seeking anything but a reasonable nod to their work. Anyone who has invested, say ahuge about of personal time, commitment, energy into a body of work, say a thesis is going to naturally feel a bit off put if some other organization announces a highly publicized work of highly similat nature w/o even crediting prior work. Maybe they did, I nor others have not seen it.
No one is claiming ownership of these ideas, and I agree that ideas are never really the product of just one or a small group of people, they are shaped, reframed, but their influences are as much a network as the ones the DML is talking about. We borrow them all the time. Borrowing and acknowledging go well together.
But acknowledgement is so much a key to the idea of connected thinking/being/learning (cough attribution), it is part of the juice that makes the flow go better, and frankly, is such a simple, easy thing to do, that it seems silly for me to be writing about it. I thought I leartned that in kindergarten. It ought to be the natural reflex.
I’m not even sure I will press the publish button because this seems just silly and I’d rather be creating stuff then harping about it. NUff said.