Tom Smith on how identity can be longer-lived than the course that gives birth to it:
"Using a "standard" tool like IM, means that as the students left the
course and went to work all over the world, the network (or "crews" as
they were known) continued to be maintained. Out there in new media
world, in London, New York, San Francisco there is a "secret" network
Something to think about, for instance, when you set up weblogs for a
group of people in a certain context. How long will that context last? Are you
sure you want to tie the blogs to that context?