M1.2.2 – Educating with New Media Literacies

what will education looks like? Books or files?what will education looks like? Books or files?

Henry Jenkins “8 traits of the new media landscape” helps to bring together the ideas and understanding of how we relate to media in our lives. His 8 traits are; innovation, convergent, everyday, appropriate, networked, global, generational and unequal. All eight traits covered in the article helped to define and understand how we participate, engage and create in relation to media, as technologies are so integrated into our lives, especially socially. Summing these ideas neatly with this quote. “Understanding the nature of our relationship with media is central to any attempt to develop a curriculum that might foster the skills and competencies needed to engage within participatory culture” ( Jenkins, 2006).

Jenkins convergent section details the top-down and bottom-up convergence taking place. First the conglomerates create the top-down aspect when delivering to the masses, while consumers are choosing their media and how they take it in therefore, creating the bottom up.

We need to look towards changing of our schools systems to foster a participatory culture who can produce content, as these skills are essential to fully participate in the future.

New Media Literacies –

Learning in a participatory Culture provided a create set of skills and videos to show how interactive and important such skills are for our future. The point and argument of the article is to advocate for the teaching of social skills, and culture competencies to participate in the new media world existing. Creating and setting them up for success.

Californian ideology by Richard Barbrook and Andy Cameron

Gingrich and the Tofflers claim that the convergence of media, computing and telecommunications will not create an electronic agora, but will instead lead to the apotheosis of the market – an electronic exchange within which everybody can become a free trader (p.3).

The progress of technology relies on all not just one, and the government has played a huge role in funding many projects and testing to make and create technologies for militaries and societies. Tracing history, all collective intelligence and creations seem to benefit one more than another. The article used Jefferson as an example of one who wrote to call for democracy and liberty, yet he owned slaves. Contradiction?

Following the Californian ideals to think about the technologies we create, we must always be critical, social and political with our approach. The ideal supports both the left and right for their idea on the electronic “agora” and the electronic marketplace. However, we must include public institutions in the construction and development of the cyber world and teach skills to participated. Therefore, allowing a greater reach without segregating class and institutions.

Lastly, McLuhan’s theory of the free market creating a possible censorship free world, seems more and more to be the reality since the World Wide Web.

After doing these readings and this assignment I stumbled across a TVO the agenda segment that I would have never paused on. I have provided the link and found myself engaged, knowledgeable, and jealous of the classroom the further will have compared to the archaic industrialized settings,where I was force feed the test information.







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