Glass half empty today – going to toss out some ideas and hopefully spark a discussion. *Please* backchat, and I’ll follow as best I can, plus take questions via Elektra.
so, I’ve been thinking and doing technology and community for about 15 years
I’m bringing together linguistics, education theory and STS – I think we need all those perspectives to understand where we are this *definition* is political – it holds that personal production is as central to literacy as consuming official/canon production (Jenkins, particpation gap?)
What power relations are inscribed in this space, and why? Who do you think built it, and what do you think their classroom looks like?
there are lots of others to look at, but I’m looking at these three
John Perry Barlow, Electronic Freedom Foundation – and Kapor
OK, LL out of Burning Life is actually kind of the libertarian California Ideology at its finest – but the point is, there was a market competition between two ideologies, two sets of power relationships, and SL lost –brutally. The net-communitarian view is dead as dinosaurs – we’re the last hangers-on after the Facebook meteor hit.
Kendall’s talk next, in the workshop zone – me and Nila on classroom experience at 5, me on WoW tomorrow at 11
Digital literacy and the death of community
DIGITAL LITERACY AND THEDEATH OF COMMUNITY implications for education John Carter McKnight Adjunct Professor of Law Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Arizona State University VWBPE 2011
who and why adjunct professor of law PhD student, Human & Social Dimensions of Science & Technology former officer/director, science education nonprofits Marketing/Communications in SL communities
what’s digital literacy? literacy: the ability to receive and transmit meaning using a particular technology (an STS spin on socio-linguistics) print literacy: the ability to read and write texts digital literacy: the ability to receive and transmit meaning using a range of computer tools
that’s probably important it’s a world of screens – people probably should be able to use them
but all tool use involvespower“any view of literacy is inherently political, in the sense of involving relations of power among people” – James Paul Gee“artifacts have politics” – Langdon Winner“technology is neither good nor bad, nor is it neutral” – Melvin Kranzberg
so what are the powerrelations? communities associations networks
communities you don’t choose your neighbors “socially integrative” bad side – they can brutally enforce conformity good side – belonging, clarity
associations de Toqueville and on – American democracy is built on associations where people gain “democratic literacy” by making political meaning “bowling alone” for 3 generations now
networks “the first fax machine was worthless” what would the politics of the network become?
networks a democratic renaissance online? “declaration of independence of cyberspace” 1996
the california ideology the electronic frontier foundation mitch kapor linden lab burning man
artifacts have politics community: politics of all of us association: politics of kinds of us network: politics of me and mine
sherry turkle says - - kids these days are feeling themselves victims of technological determinism- their parents are more interested in their BlackBerries- digital literacy = vast social pressure- high school social media, the worst of community and network?
who has power in thenetwork? me! I can make my echo chamber the network owner why is facebook free? the data miners big brother was a punk kid
good for community? probably not everything from transit and housing choices to high school socializing to gaming suggests, we want to choose our ties
the empire strikes back secret copyright treaties “enclosure acts” for the information commons criminalizing the creative process
digital literacy – who getsthe power? what’s our responsibility as teachers? “nothing could be more crucial to democracy than the education of its citizens” - Martha Nussbaum citizenship and civilization – “playing well with others” we don’t, we don’t want to, and digital literacy empowers us not to
being here is a politicalstatement "May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one." - Malcolm Reynolds