Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Sick CyberSociety

When we were choosing keynote speakers for the upcoming Desire2Learn Users Conference I had two top choices of my own. Will was one and he will be in Duluth this summer for one of the keynotes, and Kathy Sierra was the other. She won’t be in Duluth this summer, not because she has just cancelled all her speaking engagements, just because we never fully connected on the possibility of her delivering a keynote.

Her blog is called Creating Passionate Users, which to me seemed to be a natural for us to hear her perspective at a conference that is all about the “Community of Users,” D2L users, that is. If you aren’t familiar with her blog, then you might need a little context. Her blog is (was) very widely read, and generally highly regarded. As with all women who make themselves highly visible in our world, she has her detractors and many people (mostly males, go figure) have taken their pot shots at her over the past couple of years.

But her most recent (and possibly final) post has created quite a hubbub in the blogosphere. Death threats that she is taking to be very credible have changed her life. This is a sick world in which we live.

If you are not familiar with her, then you should first check out a couple of samples of her previous work, such as Two Kinds of Learning and the Physics of Passion. Here is also a sample of the books she authors, Head First Java.

Then, after you see what kind of writer she is, check out this disturbing post.

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