pick your side, people

pick your side

I completely freeze up when I’m asked to read an essay or watch a long talk and respond to it. I don’t really understand it. Part of me just doesn’t want to say something stupid that proves I missed the point. Part of me has too much to say and gets lost in how to decide which is the most important bit.

So I decided to make the graphic above instead.

As a teacher I’ve tried to pull away from what Gardener Campbell referred to as higher education’s “digital facelift”, finding Blackboard / Blackborg / BlackBored oppressive and restrictive. Learning Management System? Whoever invented that term has never seen the way I take notes. And something in me has always rebelled at the thought that anyone other than me could create a system I could use to manage my own learning, much less anyone else’s. Each learner has to learn, their way.

I’m really passionate about media literacy / digital literacy / information literacy – can we just pick a term at some point? I get really bummed when I hear Michael Wesch talking about how most new media is still a one way conversation, despite the immense participatory potential, because our collective skills are so low. I like the idea of moving toward “meta-media fluency” and “digital citizenship.” But I’ve often been dumbfounded at how often people block themselves from moving in this direction because they think they can’t or that it’s too hard.

I guess my graphic above is my takeaway from the whole round of reading and video-watching assigned. Don’t hesitate. Make something and share it. Talk about stuff someone else made. With them. Make something together. Just jump in and pull. Pull like hell.

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4 Responses to pick your side, people

  1. Gardner says:

    Love it. I’m pulling for you, and I’m pulling WITH you.

    And I understand about the freezing up. Blogs are all about thawing that frozenness. First thought, best thought. Even if that’s not how it happens sometimes, that first thought IS the best thought in that it paves the way for the second thought, and everything after.


  2. Quezz says:

    I love the graphic and I agree that it would be nice if society was more on the left side of this struggle.

    1/3 of business employers do google, facebook etc.. searches to examine potential employees and 1/2 of applicants examined are rejected due to that search. I think that this goes well beyond pictures of people drinking and whatnot. I think that many business’ would prefer that you do not exist online then you having a online persona that you use to express yourself seperately from your physical existence.

  3. Quezz says:

    I’m pullin’ with ya though, great post.

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