Taking apart, scattering, putting back together

Reflecting on this course’s tumblog experience, I can see this process working out well.  In this last block of studies, I am effectively taking apart Haraway, Hayle, Edwards, Penderson, Angus and Gough and then writing reflections on these (scattering) and publishing them on the tumblog.  In time I will be putting this back together again [...]

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Is posthuman educable? (Penderson, 2010)

I am intrigued by the choice of words so far used to describe the humanist traditions. In Penderson, it is the reference of “instabilities of humanist traditions/ideals of education and “institutionalised production, mediation, and development of knowledge”. (Penderson, 2010; 241) Instability conjures for me a sense that the foundations of the humanist traditions have some [...]

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A Manifesto for cyborg pedagogy? Angus et al

I find this really quite interesting. The Cyborg Pedagogy reflects much of what we try to do to raise awareness of our connectedness with the world but it has given a new and refreshing way to look at it. A new cultural framework so to speak. The idea of responsible experimentation is a compelling one [...]

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The end of lifelong learning: a post-human condition by Edwards

This is enlightening. Edwards provided a number of binaries that illustrate the epistemological-ontological separation.(Edwards, 2010: 8) epistemology – ontology meaning – matter significance – substance subject – object theory – practice knowing – becoming apparent- real reflecting – intervening thinking – doing representing – experimenting This sums up his description of a post-human education which [...]

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Community and cyberculture, Bell (2001)

Reference: Bell, David (2001) Community and cyberculture, chapter 5 of An introduction to cybercultures. Abingdon: Routledge. pp92-112

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Virtual objects of ethnography

This week I have been trying to make sense of what a online ethnography means and what an online community entails. From reading Hine (2000), some of the following points stood out a) the difference between a physical immersive experience, the online study will be one of reflexivity where the ethnographer’s own experience of arriving [...]

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Stepping out of digital culture…

This is another piece of work, while taking stock of the few weeks into the EDEC course.  I started out unsure what culture was, and then the plethora of images and sounds from edcMooc and edec colleagues on eLearning and Digital Cultures presented each day helped build the picture.  Reading the core materials over the [...]

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Review of edcMooc – Sol Le Witt Line Installation

This is the statistics of the digital response of edcMooc week 1 and 2 from Thinglink after a week. Below are some of the feedback received which provide some engagement, though I failed to create an artefact which removes the reader as a passive spectator, as discussed by Rose. If I had been brave enough [...]

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There are different ways of seeing the world, and the critical task is to differentiate between the social effects of those different visions.
Rose, Gillian (2007:6)

Should you like to add to this or comment, please do so using the comment facility provided by Voicethread. Rose, Gillian, (2007) “Researching visual materials: towards a critical visual methodology” from Rose, Gillian, Visual methodologies : an introduction to the interpretation of visual materials pp.1-27, London: Sage

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Digital visual literacy

Four things that stood out from reading Spalter and Dam (2008) on Digital Visual Literacy: a) The different disciplines involved in the creation of Digital Visual Literacy such as Vision Science, Computer and Graphics Visualization and Art and Design. b) Critical viewing is underdeveloped compared to critical reading (p95) c) Intuitive, creative thinking associated with [...]

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Transliteracy: Crossing Divides – a response

“The concept of transliteracy calls for a change of perspective away from the battles over print versus digital, and a move instead towards a unifying ecology not just of media, but of all literacies relevant to reading, writing, interaction and culture, both past and present.” This is refreshing as it tries to encapsulate media literacy [...]

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A response to Candance on Kress

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Flight Paths

Flight Paths as mentioned in Thomas et al (2007), Transliteracy : Crossing Divides. This concept of a network work of fiction, a transliterate production, is truly inspiring. I am inclined to try to create one if it is not too large an undertaking. I love the simplicity, the subtle use of different modalities and dynamic [...]

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What is ancient?

In keeping with my previous post, and after reading Kress (2005), this has to be highlighted! Facebook is seen as ancient, and Twitter is now more appealing to the younger generation.  Soon perhaps social media will be dominated by lesser words, and perhaps more images?

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Tears in the rain

Before I begin reviewing Week Three materials, I would like to comment on the Blade Runner. In the film,  genetically engineered organic robots called replicants are manufactured.  The replicants have a shorter life span so that they do not become masters but always subservient to the manufacturer. There have been designed to be like human [...]

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eLearning utopia?

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Ethics in the virtual domains

Mark Poster (2006:141) posits the question if standards used in f2f  each day has limited application in the information age.  Examples provided points to the fact that different rules seem to apply for the virtual world. He highlights the fact that computer-mediated communication removes all traces of the embodied person, his or her voice, appearance, [...]

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  ” …any delay or distance between doing something and thinking about it is lost in the global information culture.” Hand (2008, p19)  The use of Twitter truly reflects a different culture in communications: immediate, instant, defy physical geographical location.  In the exchange above, it is over three different locations: London, Edinburgh and Houston.   It [...]

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Social Media as Virtual Panopticon?

This is a word which I have come across the first time from reading Hand’s article.   Foucalt, the French philosopher sees the power of social conditioning where people will take responsibility or self-regulate their behaviour when they know they are being watched.  He was fascinated by the architecture of Jeremy Bentham, seen above.  Such designs [...]

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Week one summary

It was a week of experimenting with publishing a selection of things related to the topic of digital cultures, and re-acquainting myself with twittering. I am finding interesting digital artifacts and content to surface on my tumblog as a way to orientate myself to the topic. Hence you can see words like dystopia and  utopia [...]

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I am writing this as a follow up to  Annabel’s post on culture. To discuss what culture really means, I am taking a few steps back to reflect on what the word culture had meant to me. I grew up in an extended family environment, and I realised when I went to school, things were [...]

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Hardware to Everyware: narratives of promise and threat

Today is experimentation with Wordle.  I thought it might be a good way to help me look at Hand’s article.  What you see is my third attempt.  The process of working this out has made me see some of the language groupings or metaphors being used to describe how digital technologies have impacted the political, [...]

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Digital Dystopia

Jacqueline Olds associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School reviews  ALONE TOGETHER: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other by Sherry Turkle Read her review on http://www.americanscientist.org/bookshelf/pub/digital-dystopia Watch Sherry Turkle on TedxUIUC What do you think of the “Reclaiming Conversations” idea at the end of Turkle’s talk?

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