rhizomatic learningdecentralizingbreaking down hierarchyunleashing control
1400′s – renaissance• everyone shared the same information environment• information was transmitted orally• young people had the same access to information that adults had• families lived in very small spaces• everyone shared the same intimate social environment,• young people were exposed to all aspects of adult experience from the very beginning
1450 – gutenburg press• invention of the printing press• rapid spread of books created a knowledge gap between adults and children• access to adult information required the ability to read• children forced to acquire their reading skills, drawn-out, step-by-step manner in schools created expressly for that purpose• dominant form of information was written and controlled by the adults, available to children through a sequential schooling process
- telegraph• invention of the telegraph• communication instantaneous• adults begin to lose control over the flow of information
- television• television sped up the change exponentially• transmits information instantly through visual images• reduces the power and importance of the written world• collapsed the information hierarchy because it requires no skills and does not segregate its audience.
- internet• internet provides children with almost infinite access to adult knowledge• entirely on their own terms
As a result, writes Postman, the distinction between childhood and adulthood todayis like a movie playing in reverse. reversing back to
controlwhere did it stem fromhow is it working for ushow to zoom us back in – to us