The Snake Oil Salesman. Despite how dated the term is – most hypotheses on the subject estimate it first being coined in the 19th century – the phrase still conjures up a standard vision of a man in the old west, well dressed, and selling the miracle elixir that will cure whatever ails you. The phrase is still used today to describe unscrupulous practices, usually in the context of sales.
In this post I’m going to explore the presence of snake oil in a somewhat less likely place than in the old west; I’m going to explore the presence of snake oil within your personal learning network.
This might seem like a strange connection for me to be making. After all, you’re probably thinking that selling snake oil has nothing to do with PLNs.
Curated from davidkelly.me