We are back online after a short power outage here at Furman, so I am back to blogging. I was amazed as I began to realize how much I rely on power and don’t even think twice about it…until I didn’t have it. But, that is a different story for a different day. The fact is, our world is constantly changing–there was a time with no electricity and there was a time with no Internet.
I so often forget the simplicity of life in the past, but Jill Walker Rettberg and Brian Carroll provided gentle reminders of this changing world in the articles we read for today.
In Rettberg’s chapter called, “From Bards to Blogs,” I learned:
- Similar to Ulmer, she pointed out the orality and literacy that ruled the world prior to the age of the Internet. There was once a world with only speaking and then only speaking and writing and now look where we are.
- This new form of literacy has definite positives and negatives. For example, it is replacing speeches, which draw people together, with articles posted online, drawing people apart. However, some would say humans are more connected than ever because people who would never meet in real life are reading that same article online.
- Co-construction refers to the mutual dependency between technology and culture. “Technology does not appear out of a void, and is itself shaped by cultural developments” (Rettberg, 52). How vast is technology’s effect on culture and vice versa?
In Carroll’s chapter called, Digital Media vs. Analog Media, I learned:
- “Web users do not merely read online content, they interact with it, because unlike print media, online media are not static or one-way, or at least they shouldn’t be” (Carroll, 23).
- Credibility has become an even greater issue, but Carroll says that most people who search online think of their information as credible. Why are we not more educated on this issue as our society becomes more reliable on this content?
- Transparency is key in blogging and Carroll believes it should spread to all types of digital media. We live in a society where safety is often the number one priority, so we steer clear of difficult conversations, honesty, and vulnerability, because we are afraid. I fully agree with Carroll’s belief in transparency, and I believe it could transform the digital media world.
That’s all for today, folks. Thanks for reading!