Sketchbook Task C

We had a class talk in the lecture where we were discussing articles and book that we’d brought in to act upon the lectures about the digital age and opportunities. A lot of the articles provoked a lot of controversy in the class, especially an artcile about what hapens to online accounts after death http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24380211. The connection that we have to facebook as Digital Natives made the debate ever more heated, should the family have access to the account after death, why are facebook aloud to see the posts and not the family.

The video that both myself and Tom found was by the photo-journalist Ed Kashi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzNGFYny24Y. We both thought it was a great example of documentary footage, linking to assignment 2. It explained his experiences as a photo-journalists with diary entry’s and his opinions. To hear the audio of these experiences linked to the strong visuals of some of his most gruelling photography was an experience itself and we felt it would be a great thing to share with the group. The way that the video was edited with ken burns zooms and video overlay was a great piece of film making. It helped the film flow a lot better and it worked really well with the audio.

ed kashi

Lectures with the idea of digital natives surrounding them did spark a lot of controversy originally because as digital natives, we found it strange that we were all labelled as people without more online identity than physical identity. There were several articles linking to Prensky’s coin term ‘digital natives’, explaining how the human race is struggling to keep up with the technological changes and the innovations are just getting faster and faster. I took the opinion before that a lot more people have adapted to the digital age than Prensky might have thought. A lot of 40-60 year olds are incredibly familiar with the digital progressions, and I found it hard to believe that they would be at anymore disadvantage than digital natives, if anything, it was the digital settlers who taught the digital natives how to use computers and phones, so they deserve a lot more credit in the binary. The artcile however still goes on about the progressions of the digital age and how people are getting left behind. But it can be argued that they don’t see it as being left behind. The majority of those who don’t have a facebook account, don’t have a mobile phone and don’t know how to use a computer, in most cases choose not too. I think its fair enough that those people who don’t have interest in the digital innovations be aloud to, instead of being made examples of with coined terms. Some people enjoy the physicality of letters, browsing for books in the library and listening to CD and Vinyl. Knowing that people go on just fine without these innovations shows that its not a necessity and it shouldn’t have labels like ‘digital stupidity’, its obscene.

digital_native

An article gives a more considered outcome with the conclusion that ‘while there are clear differences between older people and younger in their use of technology, there’s no evidence of a clear break between two separate populations.’. It shows that there is no real divide between the two and that no one is really getting left behind because there are similar attitudes in both age groups.

The class discussion as a whole was interesting because it summarised the lectures and showed exactly how people felt about each topic. Its always great to share and discuss, and we found interesting artciles that were explained well and debated well.

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