Bringing it all together

Media and news literacy, technobiophilia, and digital storytelling are all unique ways in which technology and information can be analyzed further. I think the connection between technobiophilia and digital storytelling is really interesting because it seems like we use technology to move forward/beyond things we used to know, but instead these two things use common ideas (nature and storytelling) that have existed forever. Is it resistance to technology? Or does it enhance our understanding of nature and story telling? I personally think that it is a little bit of both. It has completely changed the way we interpret nature (we no longer need to go to the beach to see it and hear it on our computer screens) and storytelling (we no longer need to go to the library to listen to a librarian read a story to us). As media and news literacy increases (although it is hard to imagine a world more surrounded by news than the one we live in now) so will our interpretations of things beyond nature and storytelling. I believe that we will begin to filter almost everything through news/media. And, as we discussed in class, the effect of a filter bubble will be even more substantial, as more information is left out of our immediate vision. 





I love this concept! I honestly have never given it thought before this class… but it makes so much sense.

It reminds me of other weekly material, like digital storytelling, as a new way to experience something concrete and old. Viewing a beach wallpaper is definitely not the same experience as being there in person, but we could argue that it is better than not being there at all. Isn’t it much more relaxing than looking the inside technical components of a computer? Technology has the unique ability to completely reinvent something, whether it is storytelling or experiencing nature. 

Unfortunately, I wasn’t in class when we talked about technobiophilia, but can imagine we stressed the importance of this connection to nature for all humans. When I first read this, I thought about the use of the color blue to relax web users (as I look at my WordPress navigation bar). Also, the natural shapes and curves of my Macbook Chrome window seem so much more organic than my Windows 95 grey square pixely screen. Like Sue Thomas says, we are becoming a lot more technologically engrossed. But I can see the positive aspects of including natural elements in something that is so… unnatural. 



Digital Storytelling and Metaliteracy

I’m not quite sure how digital storytelling connects to the Minerva activity we did in class, but I think it was really interesting to listen to the speakers. Bryan Alexander is entertaining in himself – what a great story teller voice! – and had some awesome insight.

Digital storytelling is interesting because it is create, so it does not require the same strict citation guidelines we have been talking about in class. Yet, it can easily branch off into claiming information that may or may not be valid.

I think it was interesting that they did not bring of Vine! I think this is a great example of how you can use social media to tell a story – the frames of the story are easily created through the press and hold to record feature of the app.


Media and News Literacy

The democratization of social media has had a profound effect on the ability to publish and receive new information. Positively, this development has allowed for people to learn a variety of things, most of which is completely controlled by who they connect with through social media sites, as described by Rheingold and Twitter. Additionally, we are able to learn information from people who we would not meet in another way because of physical location (ie: Rheingold webinar). A con would be that not everyone has equal access to internet and social media sites, like those who live in poverty; this does not provide a completely democratic online community because not all that want to be involved can be. Lastly, the ability for anyone with internet access to publish whatever they want creates a community full of uncited and illegitimate information that can be difficult to sift through for validity. 


What metaliteracy means to me

For me, metaliteracy means being able to understand, translate, and apply the vast forms of media and information in today’s world. As a student, this idea applies mostly to understanding more academic forms of literacy and being able to apply scholarly knowledge in a way that earns me the grade (that’s part of why we’re all here, right?). But beyond the classroom, metaliteracy will have very different consequences. I believe that by the time I enter the workforce, as it is already beginning, outlets such as Twitter and Facebook have an equally (or even more important) role at transmitting information to anyone willing to absorb it. But as the lines blur between PhDs and tumblr-addicts, such as myself, becoming metaliterate is even more important because of the varying levels of authenticity and factual knowledge that is spread.

I hope to become a better receptor of knowledge; instead of accepting whatever is pops up on my computer screen, I want to think critically about the source and subjective position that every source has in order to process the information in a more objective way.