Alec Dystopia Citizen Journalist – Is another odd 5 Minute short story by Graeme Smith. In it you meet Alec Dystopia, the futuristic anti-hero of this speculative tale of education and evil.
In my work in tertiary education in Aotearoa New Zealand, I spend a lot of time thinking about this question and what the possible answers are.
One of my jobs is to help develop professional standards for kaiako (teachers and tutors) and others, including support staff, working with foundation level learners in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Alec Dystopia just wanted to be happy. This, he was discovering, was problematic.
In another time, perhaps it was his youth, he’d had a traditional education. Personalised. Automated.
Rapid advances in analytics and big data in the early 21st century meant it was easy and cheap to customise individual learning across every kind of demographic, device, operating system, and geographical location.
But the real price of Alec’s free and ubiquitous education had been the seamless integration of laser-precision targeted advertising and government propaganda.
Beamed directly into his cerebral cortex.
If you follow my blog, you’ll know that over the last eight months I have…