#fruitbatgate in public on the internet
I’d planned on writing something deep and intellectual this weekend…. but the education blogosphere seems to be dominated by fruitbatgate.
I don’t know the people involved, and even if I did I wouldn’t contribute my opinions. Inevitably, there are always multiple sides to stories like these, sides that outsiders rarely see.
How on earth did such a sensitive matter that should be internal to an institution get so much coverage on the internet? Welcome to the 21st century internetworked world. Whether they have the full facts of the case or not, members of the online community will have something to say. Here’s a sample:
- A supporter of UCC’s handling of the case, i.e. demonstrating that they take sexual harassment seriously
- F Von Prondzynski calls on UCC to say something, and say it very soon
- Twitterville has a hashtag for it
- Interesting Comments on Geary Behavioural Economics Blog
- The case has made it to the widely-read Huffington Post, having been forwarded to the author by the extremely prestigious professor Stephen Pinker
- Cognitive-Edge advises: “whatever you do don’t talk about fruit bats if you take the ferry to Cork this year, you may end up in some mediaeval correction unit”.
- The boards at politics.ie have a thread running on the case
And from the lecturer at the centre of the case:
- A youtube video of the case documents by the staff member at the centre of the case
Is it right that the internet has so much coverage of this?
Harassment cases always have something to offer in terms of learning about what is and is not acceptable behaviour. If people don’t know they are happening, then the learning opportunity is denied.
Sometimes, internal policies and procedures don’t work so well and it takes an outside airing to tidy them up.
This case has consequences for the careers of the people involved and UCC as an institution. Do they need this unravelling in public?
One party has come out and named himself, the other hasn’t. There seems to be much online support for the self-named party and more of his side of the story is out there available for public scrutiny.