On page 14 Lankshear & Knobel speak to the breaking down of established roles and responsibilities in delivering a story. This has really resonated with me. The importance of contribution is beyond measure. The ease of immediate communication has changed the way we work, go to school, and even interact within our local community. We are receiving stories from many individuals of many cultural backgrounds and locations. While we have dissolved barriers intended to define a work or home space, I can’t help but wonder if we have inadvertently created new borders or confines in which we deliver stories? One such example is the ability to share a story with another human via virtual space. This is a growing trend where we have inadvertently let go of our need to interact with people in a face-to-face forum. I witness small groups of people sitting next to each other, but with their eyes focused on a small screen and interacting in a very hollow space. Have we already set the foundation for isolating ourselves from our in-person neighbor?
On page 7 Lankshear & Knobel refer to and explain New “Technical Stuff”. I appreciate new technical stuff, especially when it delivers a message. The message can be text, picture, video or music and the ability of the human mind to continue to push the boundaries of new technical stuff is amazing.
I was speaking with my daughter this morning, a high school student, regarding something that most of us have thought of, but maybe don’t realize, is how quickly most information that is delivered to us fades. There are so many tools and resources available to deliver information causing the info to lose its value very quickly. Snapchat for example, continues to grow in popularity as different demographics become engaged. The whole premise of Snapchat is to quickly deliver a message, after opening it is gone and almost immediately replaced with the next message. We see this same trend in news delivery, television and music. We quickly move on to the next sensation, thinking little, if at all about what we just heard or read only moments prior.
This is not always a bad thing. Messages that are very important could otherwise continue to linger and lead to a larger social discourse. This potentially leads to conflict or agreement and eventually society will naturally welcome change.
I have a background in visual communication/ graphic design with a focus on International Typographic Style. As I continue to on my path to an MA I would like to explore how my graphic arts background can be best applied to instructional design.