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Posthuman literacies: reframing
relationships between information,
technology and identity
David White – Head of Digital L...
Uncertainty
Maritta Nemsadze – MA Material Futures, Central Saint Martins, UAL
The Technoself
New technologies, particularly computer-mediated
communication tools, have raised questions related to
identity in relatio...
Julie Swan, executive director of general qualifications at
the qualifications regulator, said that many students were
tak...
The Dataself
Goffman: Frontstage & backstage ‘self’
Dataself = hidden-self?
(hidden socially but revealed to those with power)
Drivers of ‘Truth Decay’
• cognitive biases
• the rise of social media and other changes to the
information environment
• ...
By describing the goal of media literacy as a way to
discover the truth, adults may actually reinforce the
message that th...
What is ‘Truth Decay’?
• increasing disagreement about facts and analytical
interpretations of facts and data
• a blurring...
Check for previous work: Look around to see if someone else has already fact-
checked the claim or provided a synthesis of...
Questioning why you agree with something
is more valuable than bolstering your views
on what you disagree with.
Stephen Colbert - 2006
Truthiness is 'What I say is right, and [nothing] anyone
else says could possibly be true.' It's no...
Cram them full of non-combustable data, chock them
so damned full of ‘facts’ they feel ‘brilliant’ with
information. Then ...
Dave’s
inscrutable
fun facts
truth quiz
True or False:
2 = 2
True or False:
…a single man in possession of a
good fortune, must be in want of a wife
True or False:
True or False:
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This is Blue
This is Green
Education appears to be generating more intimate data
from students, mining beneath the surface of their
measurable knowle...
The data have landed
First they said they needed data
about the children
to find out what they’re learning.
Then they said...
love
joy
peace
patience
kindness
goodness
faithfulness
gentleness
self-control
Entrepreneurship of
the self
It is underpinned by a firm belief in the importance of
criticality for understanding and making best use of digital
techn...
• Engender optimistic criticality
• Raise consciousness
• Increase agency
Don’t fear complexity
Teaching and Learning Exchange, UAL
Thanks
@daveowhite
daveowhite.com
Posthuman literacies: reframing relationships between information, technology and identity - David White (keynote speaker ...
Posthuman literacies: reframing relationships between information, technology and identity - David White (keynote speaker ...
Posthuman literacies: reframing relationships between information, technology and identity - David White (keynote speaker ...
Posthuman literacies: reframing relationships between information, technology and identity - David White (keynote speaker ...
Posthuman literacies: reframing relationships between information, technology and identity - David White (keynote speaker ...
Posthuman literacies: reframing relationships between information, technology and identity - David White (keynote speaker ...
Posthuman literacies: reframing relationships between information, technology and identity - David White (keynote speaker ...
Posthuman literacies: reframing relationships between information, technology and identity - David White (keynote speaker ...
Posthuman literacies: reframing relationships between information, technology and identity - David White (keynote speaker ...
Posthuman literacies: reframing relationships between information, technology and identity - David White (keynote speaker ...
Posthuman literacies: reframing relationships between information, technology and identity - David White (keynote speaker ...
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Posthuman literacies: reframing relationships between information, technology and identity - David White (keynote speaker at LILAC 2018)

  1. 1. Posthuman literacies: reframing relationships between information, technology and identity David White – Head of Digital Learning Teaching and Learning Exchange @daveowhite
  2. 2. Uncertainty
  3. 3. Maritta Nemsadze – MA Material Futures, Central Saint Martins, UAL The Technoself
  4. 4. New technologies, particularly computer-mediated communication tools, have raised questions related to identity in relationship to privacy issues, virtual identity boundaries, online fraud, citizen surveillance, etc. These issues come as our perspective on technology shifts from one of functionality to one of interaction. According to John Lester, in the future, “we won't simply enjoy using our tools, we will come to care for them” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technoself_studies
  5. 5. Julie Swan, executive director of general qualifications at the qualifications regulator, said that many students were taking their mobiles into exam halls not because they wanted to cheat, but because they could not countenance being separated from their phone or they worried about its "safety and security". https://www.tes.com 12/03/2018
  6. 6. The Dataself
  7. 7. Goffman: Frontstage & backstage ‘self’ Dataself = hidden-self? (hidden socially but revealed to those with power)
  8. 8. Drivers of ‘Truth Decay’ • cognitive biases • the rise of social media and other changes to the information environment • demands on the educational system that limit its ability to keep up with changes in the information ecosystem • political and social polarization https://www.rand.org/research/projects/truth-decay.html
  9. 9. By describing the goal of media literacy as a way to discover the truth, adults may actually reinforce the message that there is only one explanation, a strict, black- and-white line between what’s right and wrong. Danah Boyd (SXSW keynote) https://www.edsurge.com 07/03/18
  10. 10. What is ‘Truth Decay’? • increasing disagreement about facts and analytical interpretations of facts and data • a blurring of the line between opinion and fact • the increasing relative volume and resulting influence of opinion and personal experience over fact • declining trust in formerly respected sources of facts https://www.rand.org/research/projects/truth-decay.html
  11. 11. Check for previous work: Look around to see if someone else has already fact- checked the claim or provided a synthesis of research. Go upstream to the source: Go “upstream” to the source of the claim. Most web content is not original. Get to the original source to understand the trustworthiness of the information. Read laterally: Read laterally. Once you get to the source of a claim, read what other people say about the source (publication, author, etc.). The truth is in the network. Circle back: If you get lost, or hit dead ends, or find yourself going down an increasingly confusing rabbit hole, back up and start over knowing what you know now. You’re likely to take a more informed path with different search terms and better decisions. Web Literacy in Four Moves by Michael A. Caulfield - https://webliteracy.pressbooks.com/chapter/four-strategies/
  12. 12. Questioning why you agree with something is more valuable than bolstering your views on what you disagree with.
  13. 13. Stephen Colbert - 2006 Truthiness is 'What I say is right, and [nothing] anyone else says could possibly be true.' It's not only that I *feel* it to be true, but that *I* feel it to be true.
  14. 14. Cram them full of non-combustable data, chock them so damned full of ‘facts’ they feel ‘brilliant’ with information. Then they’ll feel they’re thinking, they’ll get a sense of motion without moving.
  15. 15. Dave’s inscrutable fun facts truth quiz
  16. 16. True or False: 2 = 2
  17. 17. True or False: …a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife
  18. 18. True or False:
  19. 19. True or False:
  20. 20. Slide intentionally left blank
  21. 21. This is Blue
  22. 22. This is Green
  23. 23. Education appears to be generating more intimate data from students, mining beneath the surface of their measurable knowledge to capture interior details about their personality, character and emotions. Ben Williamson https://codeactsineducation.wordpress.com/2018/03/23/learning-from- psychographics/
  24. 24. The data have landed First they said they needed data about the children to find out what they’re learning. Then they said they needed data about the children to make sure they are learning. Then the children only learnt what could be turned into data. Then the children became data. Michael Rosen
  25. 25. love joy peace patience kindness goodness faithfulness gentleness self-control
  26. 26. Entrepreneurship of the self
  27. 27. It is underpinned by a firm belief in the importance of criticality for understanding and making best use of digital technologies, which should not be understood as neutral tools and spaces, but as part of the fabric of our social and political lives. Digital Creative Attributes - Handbook
  28. 28. • Engender optimistic criticality • Raise consciousness • Increase agency
  29. 29. Don’t fear complexity
  30. 30. Teaching and Learning Exchange, UAL Thanks @daveowhite daveowhite.com

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