Wednesday, December 19, 2007

It's a long tail Christmas

Hit with the ugly stick Always on dropping the ball, Auntie BBC has missed the point as usual. The story is not whether some lily-livered Radio 1 executive dithered and flip-flopped over the bowdlerisation of the Pogues' Fairytale of New York, but the fact that the long tail has decreed that a 20 year old record will be the UK Christmas number one. Look on my works ye mighty and despair.

And of course, the long tail will have a similar effect on education:
The simplistic view would be to see the long tail in curricular terms: the interactive Web means that, in theory, every learner should be able to learn what they want when they want, without having to worry about the structural constraints that are inherent in any formal system of education.

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