Where are your instincts wrong?

I’m not sure the full list of things here yet, but there’s definitely a bunch of them.

Why?  I think this is the basic “don’t burn yourself on the frying pan” of web literacy.  It’s almost irresponsible to teach cooking without it.

Why not?  Getting a comprehensive list of these things is going to be hard and teaching some of them is also going to be hard.  Are these more “web citizen” skills or “web maker” skills?



Who are you when you do things?  What is anonymous?  If you create a pseudonym for yourself, where is it linked to?  That whole map.

Why?  This is a big place where people’s instincts are wrong (see above), and it’s also hard to back-track on identity once you’ve made mistakes here.

Why not?  I can’t think of any reasons why not. 🙂


These three skills are sorta a cross between “Privacy and Security” and “Create Content”:

Public vs. Private

What information is available to everyone?  What is available to some people?  Who (eg: website providers, etc.) can see even the “private” stuff?  What is one-to-one messaging versus one-to-many broadcasting?

Why?  Choose your proper audience.  Reduce privacy slips.  Think about how important this is to activists in zambia.

Why not?  A little information here can be dangerous.  In a lot of ways “assume everything is public” is safer/more realistic than the assumed-private of some teaching.  So this can be tricky.



If you link someone else’s image on your page, and I take a screenshot of your page, who owns the screenshot?  Me, you, or the image-author?

Why?  Anyone making things on the web should be aware of these issues.  Especially in a remixing culture.

Why not?  It’s complicated.  Unfortunately.



If you make something “online”, how long is it there for?  Where does it “live”?  Can you “delete” things, and if so, are they gona completely?  What if you change something?

Why?  This is a big area where people’s instincts are wrong.

Why not?  It may not be a “necessary” topic for being a web maker.