I could not resist Kevin Hodgson’s, Meandering Mind and his invitation to Steal This Poem! I love the way he pulled the #Rhizo14, Cheating as Learning quest into a creative commons type of challenge to remix and remash.
For me cheating, learning and ownership mix together and influence one another. In XPLRPLN I grappled with the concept of whether a Personal Learning Network (PLN) can be owned and I claimed that while you might use a possessive term such as ‘my daughter’ in reference to a relationship you do not own or possess your daughter. You simply have a relationship. Networks are all about relationships, not static property. So a PLN is not about ownership. I just read a review of Ronald Burt’s, Neighbor Networks. It parallels my view that one does not own a network but rather you own your actions, who you are and who you become through your interaction with your network.
How does cheating as learning relate to all this? Well, it seems to me that cheating is viewed as stealing or using something that does not belong to you. You use someone else’s answers, or writing or, or, or . . . I think cheating is relational. It is completely dependent on who is making up the rules. The dominant party calls the shots. If you are stealing or using something that does not belong to you it implies that ‘it’ belongs to someone, someone owns it -voila we are talking about ownership! Ownership is about building fences or defending fenced in areas and learning is about removing barriers (i.e. fences). Ownership and learning mix like water and oil. Schooling and ownership have far more in common than learning and ownership (but that is a discussion for another day).
However, I do think that courtesy, consensus and credit play a large role in this conversation. If I use your material, I need to credit you. If we agree upon the rules rather than you unilaterally setting them (consensus), then I need to have the courtesy to follow through on what we agreed to. It is not all a free for all and self-discipline, and courtesy are extremely important.
Thank you Kevin (@dogtrax) and thank you Tanya Lau for bringing Kevin Hodgson’s challenge to my attention.
. . . my response to the challenge
Take these words
Behind intent to where you woke up and stretched
Steal this poem
NO — go on now – make it your own Break it / Fix it Rip it apart / Remix it
I pick blue
Blue to cheat and repeat
A musical genre
Defy my intent
Banjo picking and slide guitar
Feel it in your bones
How can my movement be your meaning?
until all meaning is spent
I rest in the pause between cheating and knowing
and then use your tools and tricks to rebuild it
Knowing my sense and feeling my bones
My structure of YES
Cheat my meaning in ways that make sense to YOU –
Wearing my QWERTY filter and flow
That only I know
Tinker against type don’t believe my hype I’m a painter not a poet using words as ink as I write
Words as colour and image
A dance of relationship that refuses to be shackled
Whether you appear and participate or I crib
From my own reservoir of forgotten memories
Floating like jetsom down the spine of
My internal library
I refuse to shackle this work to paper or screen or that nebulous world in-between in hopes that maybe later YOU’LL appear; watching my words tumble down the spine of my lies – made up only to be broken / spoken / a token of truth
Broken and spoken as in a dream
Borrowed from whom?
No, you’re no cheater you’re a seeker a keeper of stories in this literary landscape just like me
I stole a sip from the stream as it flowed
Cycle of life
Water-like words to nourish and flourish
I give to be read
So, go on: Steal this poem Give it a home I’m already off writing something else and I’ve left these words all alone waiting here for YOU