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On Governance

February 10th, 2011 by Bob Crisler



I’ve been thinking a lot, as I drive between the university and my home in Ashland, about Mark Greenfield’s blog post from last month declaring 2011 the “Year of Web Governance in Higher Education.” It reminded me of a long-ago debate on the <uwebd/> list that centered on the phrase “Let a thousand flowers bloom,” in which one position advocated a laissez-faire approach to higher ed web development, in polar opposition to any notion of “web governance.”

Sadly, years later, that debate continues to bubble on <uwebd/>, as if nothing had changed … as if, for instance, the rigid but predictable interface of Facebook had not prevailed over the chaos of MySpace.
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