Honing our “Crap Radar”

UnknownThank you Martha for taking the lead first, and starting us off with a great discussion!  Your instructive video covered  “Crap Detection” effectively, and the interactive exercises you had us engage in were just the thing to bring to life our collective reflection on this timely topic.  By applying the CRAAP test principles to a variety of different sources/cites, we were able to consider how finely tuned our “crap radar” really is.  We enjoyed the opportunity to “triangulate” in an attempt to verify credibility of a source – a great way to deal with the age old “…is this really true?”  Triangulation is certainly a useful protocol when wondering whether to trust a source.  As a closing thought on crap detection, I think Postman’s point about our own biases being the most challenging to detect is a key consideration, and ultimately, this challenge lies at the heart of any real critical thinking.  “Almost nothing is about what you think it is about–including you.”

I also enjoyed our discussion during the second half of class.  Thanks again to Laura who shared her 7 year old niece’s youtube upload as well as her 12 yr old son’s youtube channel.  Please send them our admiration Laura!  They were both a pleasure to watch, and they helped me think further about participation power.  At just seven and twelve, they are using digital tools in such empowering ways.  KidsTechThey are using digital participation tools in ways that are not only social, but also deeply involved in learning and creating.  If we have anxiety over the resulting vulnerability that is inherent in the new media age, we must also behold the transformative power of claiming such a self-fashioned, empowered voice.  Kids these days ;)….  I just read a great blog by Cathy Davidson on the topic entitled What Makes Us Fear For Our Kids? Screen Time Today, Comics, TV, Novels Once Upon a Time.  ….More “food for thought”.

Plan for next week:

Melissa & Stina will take the helm by covering Chapter 4 in Howard Rheingold’s Net Smart:  “Social-Digital Know How: The Arts & Sciences of Collective Intelligence”.  They will lead us through the first half of class.

In the second part of class, we will be speaking with Howard Rheingold via Skype.  I am glad we had an such interesting discussion about what you might like to talk to him about when we connect next Monday (2/10).  We started a draft doc with some initial questions formulated there.  **Please go into the document and edit and/or add questions.  **Also, please mark the three questions that you think would facilitate the most interesting discussion with a star or asterisk.  This will serve as a loose “vote” for the best questions to start our discussion.  I am hoping we can have a somewhat natural conversation/dialogue rather than a stiff Q & A.  No doubt that a little preparation will go along way in making our brief time with him more interesting and thought provoking.

To do:

1. Read Chapter 4 of Net Smart.  Blog & Tweet your post to #NewMediaStudies.

2. Evaluate the Reading Roster for the material you would like to cover for your presentation night.  Please email me with the texts you would like to cover.

3. Check the document which has the potential interview questions for Howard Rheingold.  Edit/add and vote with 3 stars for your top picks.

4. Start to think about the final project which still remains “to be determined”. Start to brainstorm possible ideas.  We will have a longer discussion about the project on the night of 2/17.

See you next week!  I look forward to our next class :),

Dr. Zamora




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