Metaphor for Re-Use: Betty Comic

My odd, quirky (weird – whatever you want to call it) sense of humour creeps its way into my professional life at times, and one of the things I like doing is finding comics that can serve as metaphors for concepts.

One of my favorites of course is a Mutts cartoon that I use as a metaphor for the developmental nature of e-portfolios. I even went so far as to get permission to use it for educational purposes.

Well … today’s paper contains a Betty cartoon that may provide a light hearted focal point for a discussion around reluctance for contributing materials (our “stuff”) for re-use.

Check out today’s Betty cartoon…
http://www.comics.com/comics/betty/archive/betty-20050508.html

Betty did not quite expect the use that the person obtaining the bear intended…

In workshops that I’ve participated in, and that Brian Lamb often facilitates, a common “challenge” identified by faculty is that someone will use their materials out of context, or change them in a way that they would not have….

Identifying this and other challenges usually leads to good discussions about social and technology issues.

I’m thinking this cartoon may come in handy….

And besides, it is kind of funny…

And of course.. FoxTrot’s take on wikis this week is not half bad either…

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