What is the number one sign that something has made it into mainstream and popular culture?? When people begin using it to make political statements. This recently occurred in Isington, a town in the United Kingdom where a teacher decided to place the local public school up for auction on eBay. With a starting price of 2,000 pounds, Molly Doyle is bringing attention to the issue of education and corporate takeover of the previously government-run school system. By comparing the idea of privatizing the schools to an eBay auction, Doyle looks to drive the point home that privatization is the same as auctioning children's education off to the highest bidder.
As a special needs teacher in the neighboring borough, Doyle understands the inner workings of the school system and wants other out there to grasp the consider the impact of introducing profit and business into the education of children. With the ebay.co.uk site amongst the fastest growing sites online, Doyle has effectively managed to take out an advertisement for thousands to see. Although a cost-effective move, if numerous others follow the eBay marketplace could become bogged down by these political advertisements and drive traffic away from the site and legitimatize the many true online auction sellers.
So far one person has bid on the item, accepting the responsibility for creating a positive learning experience for numerous children. Luckily for the Islington Council, real estate auctions on eBay are not considered binding contracts.