Reflections on EVO (2009 and later)

My first professional blog

From Blogs to Bombs (Introduction)

Posted by Mariel Amez on January 15, 2010

What I found most interesting of the chapter “Many Lenses” from Marc Pegrum‘s book is the perspective of context – social, sociopolitical and global. With reference to txtspk, he mentions the fact that the digital divide may be widened by lack of proper education and poor economic background, which impairs our adaptation to different roles in society:   

The new markers of class are not the presence or absence of technology, but facility and subtlety in its use. 

 

 As regards the lenses themselves, I believe that most of us had at one point or another considered the technological, pedagogical and social ones. We have long been quoting Prensky’s dichotomy between “digital natives” and “digital immigrants” even though the scientific validity of such a generalisation has been challenged (see, eg Bennett, S., Maton, K., & Kervin, L. 2008) and recent studies highlight the existence of a digital divide in the so-called native generation, both in access to technology and in operational capability (Committee of Inquiry into the Changing Learner Experience, 2009).  In contrast, Pegrum comments on the features of newer generations considering both similarities and differences, and calls for the guidance and warnings of parents and educators.  

Moreover, Pegrum introduces some new notions, namely, the sociopolitical and ecological lenses, and asks some very disturbing questions in connection with the use of technology in global politics, such as 

which views can’t or won’t be expressed as governments across the political spectrum isolate and gag the voices they fear – while tracking the rest, just in case?

 or

what are energy-hungry devices and their e-waste doing to the larger ecosystem of which we’re part?

 In this vein, he higlights the need for education not only through technology but about technology, so that empowerment can become true and not just a delusion to deprive inadvertent citizens of democratic freedoms at present taken for granted in many countries.

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5 Responses to “From Blogs to Bombs (Introduction)”

  1. Nina Liakos said

    Mariel,
    You summed that up very neatly. I like that last comment.
    Nina

  2. Thanks Mariel, that’s super to read, nice way to recap on the evolution of notions. Very helpful for the late-comers to this week’s tasks and reading 🙂
    Thanks for sharing and nice to see your blog too.
    Have you been using this for over a year then?
    Valentina

  3. Mariel said

    Thanks, Valentina.

    It would be fairer to say I started this blog a year ago, kept it dormant for 10 months, and have just brought it back to life. See “My E-portfolio” here for details if you are interested.

  4. I came on your post via http://spezify.com/#/evomlit. It’s nice to see that our tools are working and also that you are working so hard on your once dormant blog, like flowers in a desert after a rain. I look forward to catching your next review 🙂 Vance

  5. Great post, Mariel! I also found it while browsing Spezify. I’ve just joined Multiliteracies and am trying to find my way among so many unfamiliar paths.
    I read the introduction to Pregrum’s book last night, and find your reflections very interesting. Thanks.
    Mary

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