This article about technology in an American public school system offers a telling quote about fearsome cyberspace:
“First-graders podcasting? My goodness, that’s amazing; I feel like I’ve had a good day if I can turn my computer on and answer my e-mail,” [Mike Prater, Waynesville’s assistant superintendent for curriculum] said.
Prater said educational methods and workplace expectations have greatly changed since he was a student, and even during the last five to 10 years. Some of the few constants are that students will still have to be able to read, write, have math skills and be good citizens, Prater said.
“It is often said that we are preparing our students for a world we cannot see,” Prater said.
That reveals a whole stratum of fears about technology and learning, starting with the openness gaping beyond institutions and disciplinarity. It also draws on an old Gothic trick, which is to get the reader (or viewer, or listener) to generate their own fears, by not specifying the fearsome thing in detail.
That's the shadowy double of the Invisible College, too.
(thanks to Peter Naegele!)