Hi all. New to HASTAC. Doing some academic work out of NYU on New Media Literarcy and looking for collaborators. Tossed together quick post on the area of research below. If interested, please let me know!
If you'd like to keep up with the conversation... definitely join the group. Can update any progress and any additional posts/thoughts/inquiries welcome! Best, -Ben
As new communication tools make collaboration easier, trying to do things by and for yourself becomes less and less efficient. Why try to do everything on your own if you can easily get the best resources possible, exactly when you want them from people who specialize in providing them? Connectivity in the digital age is shifting us from a world of fixed, individual investments in assets to one of collaboration and on-demand access.
This dynamic I believe is redefining our world, from the way companies produce goods, to the way individuals consume them, to the way we interact with one another socially. Perhaps nowhere though is the trend more apparent than in learning and literacy.
Fifty years ago, if you wanted to know some fact -- say, George Washington’s birthday -- it made sense to memorize it. Were you not to do so, accessing the fact later on would be a major pain... you’d have to hike to the local library, thumb through the card catalogue, find the relevant book, find the right page, skim through it, and only then would you finally have your desired data. Gross.
Today, the situation is different -- information is at our fingertips, easily and instantaneously accessible via the Internet. As a result, the benefits of internalizing information decline, traditional knowledge stocks becoming less valuable as compared to the ability to work with knowledge flows. Just as calculators allowed students to offload arithmetic and move on to more complex questions of trigonometry and calculus, ubiquitous access to external knowledge pushes the focus of education away from internalizing information and toward competence with the tools that help us acquire, manipulate, and share knowledge on demand.
This definition of new media literacy (in line with the ideas put forward in MIT's 2007 New Media Literacy whitepaper -- http://bit.ly/2bnWVo) is something I'm exploring in academic work out of NYU (and to a lesser extent, as part of my day job in corporate strategy at NBCU). In the name of collaborative production and an effort to harness the immense expertise distributed within this community, I'm looking for a few folks to work with on the project -- to brainstorm, share insights, perhaps even do some joint writing. Anyone involved in or with passion for the space welcome.
If you'd be interested in more information, please let me know!