New Media & Digital Culture (Module 3: Approaches to New Media…
New Media & Digital Culture
Module 1: Intro to New Media
What is new media?
New media definition changes daily & will continue to evolve.
Cellphone - old media. Smartphone - new media
The Media is the Message - Marshall McLuhan AKA "high priest of pop culture"
Media dominated society.
Technology is an expansion of man.
What does tech. extend? What does it make obsolete? What's retrieved? What does the tech. reverse into if it's overused?
Module 3: Approaches to New Media
Sapir-Whorf hypothesis: language shapes thoughts & perceptions
McLuhan: media shapes our language
Must mean: media & technology shape our thoughts
Technology has become it's own "language" we communicate through
Do we have free will or not when it comes to technology?
Choose our technology or let it control us
We can control what we use & post, but we're human, we get carried away.
We rely on our technology. Probably too much.
Social Shaping of Technology
We shape technology w/ our needs & wants
Social influence & consequence
Everyday people are impacting media/technology the most
Tools of the Mind - Nicholas Carr
Technology will keep spreading outward.
Technology is a staple in our lives
Tech. impacts the way we think and the way we are
Technology are our instruments: help us get to our end goals, but they themselves have no real end.
Using technology to extend ourselves, our minds, and our creativity
Tech. transforms the way we think
People rely too much on tech.
Is there a such thing as being too close/intimate/reliant on our tech?
How do people look at images and what can you get from that?
Module 4: Social Networking & Media
The Social Debate
Rosen: technology allows us to connect w/ people more
but communicate less w/ real world people
Hampton: all relationships enhanced w/ technology
Shirky: you can learn anything from the Internet & be entertained too
Internet is exploding as print books once did
Carr: Internet makes us dumb
Too much info for us to filter through
So many distractions (ex: YouTube ads)
Poundstone: Internet is making us ignorant
Ignoring important info for stupid, useless info
We don't know what's real or not
Bored & Brilliant
Smartphones (& other tech.) take away from boredom
We're never truly bored because of it
Why is boredom important? it fuels creativity
Tech. could be taking away from creativity
The Social Network
We're very consumed in social media/tech.
We become selfish
Module 2: Concepts in New Media
"The Accidental Universe"
Technology is distracting us from the original goals we had with technology.
Technology is taking over the world - we're consumed
Technology can have positive or negative connotations - I think it's mostly neutral, depends on what kind of technology and what you're using it for - don't let it get too distracting.
We're only learning what our computer knows
Technology - freezing the advancement of knowledge. We're not learning anything, but relying on our tech. to give us the answers
Class ex.: Bet you won't remember the capital of a certain country in a few weeks (w/o using your phones)
Google knows everything & we don't know how to not use the internet to get answers
Module 6: Transformation of Higher Education
The Digital Degree
Tuition rises, but tech. is booming
Ways you can take online classes for no charge at all
Gaining free knowledge - get no degree. But, paying students learn the same stuff for a price & get a degree. Fair? No.
Online schooling could cause problems: online classes are distracting, cheating, lack of motivation, etc.
Brief History in Liberal Education
Education used to just be used for training in certain jobs.
As liberal education developed, people were intimidated, being smart made you dangerous.
Liberal education is important because people began wondering about everything
Higher Education is Not a Mixtape
Higher education could go in same direction as music
lower prices, more content
Universities separate classes from degrees like musicians separate songs onto albums
Students can take science at one university and English at another - getting the most out of their education.
Taking the BEST classes they can find.
Completion of online classes is super low - distractions, motivation, cheating, etc.
We don't really know how to handle online courses just yet
Module 5: Gaming
Case Study: Video games & violence
Video games are connected & could lead to violence
ex: Columbine shooters played violent video games
Gaming has different effect than TV/movies because you're participating in violence rather than watching.
Augmented Reality (AR)
Used to extend senses
Experience more things
Could be a distraction
Virtual Reality (VR)
Lets you experience different reality
Not just used in gaming
movies, tourism, shopping, education, etc.
Games, Learning, & Literacy
James Gee: connection between education & games
A series of problems you need to solve
You have to learn how to be successful at a game
Algebra would test you on what you know. A video game has tested you in the process of you learning the game.