I use the enemy…

I had resolved to give the Edupunk thing a rest, lest I uncork a rant on the differences between “a metaphor” and “a movement” or offer up patronizing tips on how to tell if someone is having a bit of fun.

But Martin Weller’s response to Tony Hirst’s video is too funny for me to ignore. Watch it in full-screen mode, and for the second straight day I’m happy to urge you to crank the sucker:

I’ve never met Martin, but I bet he would look awesome in leather pants.

In all sincerity, seeing someone based in Cardiff assemble something with such clever references as well as funny nods to the social dimension of our scene… it brings home to me that not only do I work in a fascinating and dynamic field, we get to have big time fun as well. Not to be taken for granted.

8 thoughts on “I use the enemy…

  1. Thanks very much Brian, glad you liked it. On your serious point, I gave a talk the other day where I talked about the sweet spot between personal and professional, private and public, etc, and how this will be the future of work and education. I think the type of social and professional exchange we have on the blogo/twittersphere typifies this.
    @Jim – yes it is fun isn’t? Doing this was the most creative fun I’ve had in ages.

    PS – Brian you do know that in the UK pants refers to underpants/boxers – I really do shudder at the thought of me in leather undergarments 🙂

  2. Thanks Brian for introducing me to edupunk – haven’t had so much fun for ages! forwarded your blog to my colleague Mike Bogle at UNSW, who said he was twittering with you yesterday on the subject.
    looking forward to how we can suild this subversivity (?) into our elearning strategy 😉

    have you checked out the edupunk merit badges?


  3. @Belinda – Somehow I think “planning” or “strategy” and “anarchic creativity” don’t quite go together, but I get what you’re driving at. That’s not to say that anarchic creativity isn’t educationally relevant – quite the contrary I think – but more that it’s borne out of experimentation, reflection and more experimentation.

    So it makes me wonder the degree to which this can be initially planned for versus the importance of uninhibited freedom and room for flexibility, exploration and, God forbid, FUN.

    To quote the Joker: “What this town needs is an enema.”



  4. Yes, well I did add a wink …
    seriously though, I think we do need to ‘plan’ for ‘anarchy’ if we’re to support it … and it does have me thinking seriously (and humorously) of how to do that. Start by modelling it, perhaps … Brian seems to do a brilliant job there! It’s certainly got me inspired.

    “EDUPUNK calling to the faraway towns
    Now that war is declared and battle come down
    EDUPUNK calling to the underworld
    Come out of the cupboard, all you boys and girls”
    (apologies to Joe Strummer)

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