Thinking Deeply About the Shallows (update)Presentation Transcript
South of Amman, June 25th, 2011
THINKING DEEPLY ABOUT THE SHALLOWS..... Michael Coghlan Mobilizethis 22/10/21010
BASED ON REFLECTIONS ABOUT:
THE SHALLOWS: What the Internet is doing to our brains – Nicholas Carr
Individual Knowledge in the Internet Age – Larry Sanger
Memorisation unnecessary Collaboration v Individual Learning Books (Deep Reading) v Network Constructed Knowledge
NEW TECHNOLOGY ROUTINELY INSPIRES FEAR OF CHANGE
THE MEDIEVAL HELPDESK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQHX-SjgQvQ
Socrates feared the end of the oral tradition and consequent decrease of intellectual capacity
Bishop of Milan (380): silent reading considered unnatural
Samuel Johnson (18th c) – 2 kinds of knowledge:
The knowledge you keep in your head
The knowledge that you need to know how to locate
“the message that a tool or medium transmits into the minds and culture of its users”
Internet: “a culture of distraction”
DEEP READING; A Poem: The house was quiet and the world was calm. The reader became the book; and summer night Was like the conscious being of the book. The house was quiet and the world was calm. ....... The quiet was part of the meaning, part of the mind: The access of perfection to the page. (Wallace Stevens)
THE INDIVIDUAL WITHOUT A NETWORK CC Licensed Image by Courosa - http://www.flickr.com/photos/courosa/3863055058/
THE FUTURE OF THE BOOK? AND THEREFORE OF READING?
SLOW LEARNING "It is going to become very fashionable at some point to be disconnected," Silicon Valley futurist Paul Saffo predicts. "There are going to be people who wear their disconnectivity like a badge.“ http://www.usatoday.com/printedition/news/20070111/1a_tech-noxx.art.htm
SLOW LEARNING: A Dangerous but Powerful Idea - Counter Acceleration and Speed with Slowness and Wholeness
Geetha Narayanan is Principal Investigator with Project Vision at the Centre for Education Research Training and Development (CERTAD) within the Srishti School of Art Design and Technology in Bangalore, India.
Geetha Narayanan- Slowness as a pedagogy
consciously embrace the core value of slowness – both as way of being and as a way of learning
culture of immediacy values fast knowledge which in turn runs counter to the development of both the self and the mind.
The thoughtless and widespread use of technology as the universal solution to the rising need for fast knowledge is wrong and must be questioned. Often in developing countries, such as India, the term ‘digital divide’ is used to support the argument that the use of new technologies, alone, will create conditions of learning … That is not true
the new digital technologies are tools that allow for learners to develop their imaginations, to be able to play and to have fun, to be able to tell stories in different and exciting ways. But in order to generate value they need to be integrated into new forms and structures in an invisible and contextual manner - one where new media arts can sustain social change.
Slowness promotes “wellness of being”
WHAT MIGHT WE BE LOSING, AND WHAT IS THE TRADE-OFF? (IE WHAT ARE WE GAINING?)
Horizontal v Vertical Learning The discerning eteacher:
Acknowledges the nature and influence of horizontal learning (multitasking)
Knows when to encourage vertical learning (single focus activity)
TWITTER > COMPLEXITY Howard Rheingold at http://screenr.com/rNl