The Innovative Qualities of Metaliteracy

There seems to be one theme that conects my last three blogs: Media & News Literacy, Digital Story Telling & Technobiophilia. This theme is innovation. In my Media & News Literacy blog I talked about how now anybody can be a journalist due to social media outlets thanks to the innovation of technology. In my Digital Story Telling blog I talked about the evolution of story telling; which was once done through newspaper and magazines to the new form of digital story telling online. In my Technobiophilia blog I presented how nature which was once only felt through physically being in nature can now be felt in a virtual environments. These innovations have affected everything from a countries political ideology- as seen in the arab spring as explained in my democratization of social media blog to the soothing qualities of a nature background on your computer as explained in my tech:nature blog. In class last wednesday we talked about the constant innovating new ways of illegally sharing music from napster to lime wire to todays youtube converter. Although these innovations might seem unimportant compared to a countries uprising it is still innovation at the least . Whether the significance of the innovation was huge or small, these type of innovations have affected the way we interact and live today. #metaliteracy



Sue Thomas, writer of the book ‘Technobiophilia: Nature and Cyberspace’ says that “I’m especially interested in looking at the correlations between the experiences of nature in physical and virtual environments, as found in games and other narratives, and at practical applications for a tech:nature approach to well-being.”I find this idea extremley fascinating and can relate to having and interest into the idea of tech:nature. I believe that nature is found so much in technology and especially on the computer since nature (trees,animals,flowers) is relatable. If you go back 100 years there was no computer; nature is something that we can automatically relate to because in the whole time of the human species nature has always been there. I think humans relationship to nature is ingrained into our brain as something we can relate too. I personally have my screensaver as a waterfall because it soothe’s me and I guess I would say I relate to the beauty of this. If I was Sue Thomas I would have went straight to questing people (primary source) about their relationship to tech:nature (such as my screensaver) to uncover more in-depth the human relationship to it. I would then read previous books on similar scholarly topics about this matter. #metaliteracy


Digital Storytellin and Metaliteracy

I think that Digital Storytelling is a very interesting idea and that it is a great outlet to share your story. Through social media outlets like: facebook,myspace, and twitter it is now easier than ever to share your ideas and stories. Within hours your story could be heard by millions of people, something that use to take days to do. This evolution from physical story’s such as in a newspaper or magazine to now digital storytelling I think is what the idea of #metaliteracy is all about. In the diary of Samuel Pepys at at the end of the day a new diary entry appears. Although from just glimpsing through the website I can’t tell if Samuel Pepy is/was an actual person or not, his diary is/is suppose to be from the times of the 17th century. What Is extremely intreguing to me is that theres such blantant differences in time periods from the 17th century to the 21st, but this digital storyteller was able to give a glimpse of the past in the modern day by using a website using outlets like twitter. 

democratization of social media

 When asked the question does ‘the democratization of social media allow for more participation and interaction related to the news than ever”, I very simply thought about facebook and all the information I have learnt from it. From the minute any important event happens there are countless posts from friends criticizing and commenting on the recent event. This immediate reaction has changed the way democracy is seen and the way action is taken because of it. The best example of this is the recent events of the Arab Spring for democratization and how they where displayed on social media outlets: twitter, facebook, tumblr. This goes back to the idea that ” Today everyone can be a citizen journalist or news photographer or videographer” as written in the Topic five- Media and News Literacy MOOC #metaliteracy. Two benefits of this are the vast amount of information you have open to you along with the advancement of democracy in foreign countries. Two disadvantages are that unfortunately too much knowledge is not always best and can compromise important classified informations such as the case of wikki-leaks along with the easy spreading of hate which can support the accessibility of online bullying.



To me metaliteracy is an example of the constant changing of different outlets and the world evolving and changing with it. This shows the point that you constantly have to change and improve while technology is changing and improving. In the case of  #metaliteracy; it is the way information is transferred from the original books, newspaper, and magazines to now online sources such as blogs & social media. 

I am really hoping to take a lot out of this class.  Hopefully I will learn how to better utilize the library and the resources that are given through it. I also hope to better learn how to thorougly research when doing essays and projects along with learning the proper ways of citing.