What Is a Blog, Anyway?
I’ve been using this blog as, in effect, a short column. But looking at, say, Elizabeth Bird’s Fuse 8 http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/blog/1790000379.html, or Read Roger over at the Horn Book site, http://www.hbook.com/blog/ I realize how much I have to learn. They have a great tone, just the right reading length, visuals, links – all of the elements that make a blog a blog, and not something that could, just as well, be in print. I must admit feeling a bit intimidated — fearing I’ll mess up the technical steps — here’s that Nussbaum review from the other day, http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/the_tls/article2677344.ece
and the Science Times article, http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/30/science/30angi.html?em&ex=1193976000&en=f1faca3e352ab195&ei=5087%0A
Tell if all of these work for you.
But looking at those other blogs, I realize that the step ahead for me is not just a matter of learning my way around the software. They are really a different form of writing, and one I need to master. So here’s one step in that direction:
I am sure all of you have followed the James Watson flap. But did you notice that he had been based at Cold Spring Harbor? That is a very respected, honorable, place these days. But it was the home of the Eugenics movement in America. Take a look: http://www.eugenicsarchive.org/eugenics/ So if you have kids who follow the headlines and you want to talk about Watson, race, genetics, you can use his Cold Spring connection to go the darkest side of that story — via Eugenics.
If any of you use the Eugenics material with kids — tell us how it goes.