Look Ma – I’m a Thought Leader!

Researchers at Elon University and the Pew Internet & American Life Project have released a report describing some opinions about the future of the Internet and its impact on society, particularly the younger generations.  One of the themes is that educational practices must change to address information literacy.  Although I agree with some of its content I don’t know if this report will have any impact on practice or policy; I am becoming a bit jaded and burnt out by academics discussing how education should be reformed when so little seems to actually happen (which doesn’t stop us from writing books, publishing articles, and giving talks – we must feed our egos and sustain the systems that have grown rich on this fare so they in turn will continue to sustain us!).

I am a little bit amused by The Atlantic’s description of the sampling strategy of the survey that underlies this report: “[The report is] based on surveys with more than 1,000 thought leaders.”  I was asked to participate in this survey.  That means that I must be a thought leader!  I don’t know what that means but it sounds suspiciously like “someone who doesn’t actually do anything but is really good at it!”  Now if you’ll excuse me I need to figure out where “Thought Leader” goes on my CV…