Technobiophilia

Technobiophilia is about how technology and nature are integrated. I myself have never realized how much nature is present while I am on the internet or using technology in general but now actually thinking about it, it is completely true. While on our computer when we go on the internet some people call it surfacing the web, and when I first got my computer my background was of a tropical beach. Nature is just put into technology and I for one would like to understand why. I do find it interesting though that mature is integrated into technology. 

For my teams topic we are looking at media and the news and we had looked at social media and how social media influences the way we look at news and how it influences the way we perceive our information and one of the social media sites that we looked at was Twitter and even Twitter incorporates nature, the logo for twitter is a bird which is an object of nature.  

Not that its was related to my teams topic but when I learned about digital storytelling and #metaliteracy, one of the stories was about skiing and mountains and the background was completely made up of mountains and snow and I was able to see the geography of the specific mountains again allowing nature to be integrated into technology so easy, and not everyone notices because as I said before i myself never actually noticed how much nature was integrated into technology in general. 

Digital Story Telling

So I have been learning about Digital storytelling and meta literacy for a couple weeks and this past week i got to watch the MOOC talk on digital storytelling and meta literacy. It was interesting to listen to two different peoples views on it. While listening to this talk the first thing that interested me was when he said that mystery is what makes us want to listen. When that was said i thought about it for a second and realized how true that is. If there wasn’t a mystery to something than why would anyone listen. The mystery could be just what happens at the end of a story someone is telling you, it doesn’t have to be some huge mystery it could be something little. But that feeling of not knowing something and knowing you will be able to find it out is what keeps you interested. Then that brings you into the part of storytelling, because that is what allows you to find out what it is you want to know. Storytelling can be a long process or it can be a short process. In the talk he stated how some people are able to tell a story based off of one tweet which only 140 characters not words but letters and spaces. After hearing that when i go on twitter now i look to see if any of the tweets are a story and then I wonder if any of my tweets have told a full story or not. Then I also found it interesting how he said that stories can be told through gaming. I myself am not personally into gaming but many of my friends are so when I watch them play their games i look and wonder what story is being told and i wonder how far a long are they actually in the story. I find it interesting that all of this is #metaliteracy  and that it is all connected in some way. I have never been able to realize that or even been able to put the connections together but now that i can see these connections better and understand what I am reading it makes everything a lot more interesting. 

Digital Storytelling and Metaliteracy

Digital storytelling is a type of narrative development that incorporates different and diverse media types. Many people have a digital story that they want to be able to tell, so social media sites and places like web 2.0 have made technological advancements to help expand the creative choices that can be given to people so they can produce a better digital story. Digital storytelling helps #metaliteracy because it shows how diverse meta literacy, how it can be creative and it helps keep others interested. And digital story telling can even occur on sites like twitter, and as i said in my previous post how twitter can be related to meta literacy. Twitter can help everyone see what your story is and it can help spread it. I myself don’t know too much about digital story telling this is the first time i am actually reading about it. But i got to read Snow Fall: the Avalanche at Tunnel Creek, and it was very interesting to read because not only was the story put together so well i was able to have a little bit of an interactive experience with it, it was able to keep me interested in the story the whole time. While reading I got to learn about what actually occurs during an avalanche and what someone would do while they are caught it one,and the safety precautions they take when they go to the mountains. I got to read about how they went about planning the trip and what they wait for when they do want to go skiing or snowboarding. 

I find it awesome that there is another way for people to get their story out there because there are so many people that want to tell their story its just hard to do it.

Media And New Literacy

Social media, a type of #metaliteracy, is everywhere and people use all the time, whether it is Facebook  twitter, or their blog. All of these sites allow news to spread, and allow it to spread rapidly. They allow anyone to become a source of news. This type of literacy lets people be interactive with the media and allows them to be interactive from just about anywhere now because of technology.

With news being able to spread through just about anyone breaking news can travel quicker than the regular news media(citizen journalism) Sites like twitter is a great example of how news spreads fast, because even if someone isn’t following you, one of your followers can re-tweet one of your tweets and then all of their followers will see what you had said, and now besides the 60+ people that follow you their 60+ followers just saw and now that’s over 120 people that saw that one tweet.

I personally think its fascinating, because I myself use twitter, and I do find out a lot of news through my feed because of who I follow. I know i am not going to go and look at a news paper every day so I follow news sources like BBC and CNN.

With many people being able to see your posts its also allows for others to interact with what was said and allows there to be open discussions about what is currently happening in the country or the world and you don’t necessarily need to know who they are (twitter literacy).

Even though there are definite pros of social media and how it allows so many people allow to be involved there are also some cons to it as well. Some being that not all sources are reliable and another being that even if a source is reliable they might not give out correct information, like for example when super storm sandy had hit and someone tweeted from CNN that the NYSE had flooded. This was then seen by all of their followers and because it came from a reliable source it caused a bad reaction for people who did own stocks.

Social media has such a huge impact on how news is delivered and I don’t think many people notice. I think it is a good thing that we can get news from social media because I think many people wouldn’t keep up with the news if it weren’t on their feeds. But I think it is also bad because we can just focus on what we are interested in and we become ignorant on many other topics in the news which isn’t good. 

 

Aside

Metaliteracy to me is information that allows people to understand what is occurring on online media, like social media and what is posted in the different types of online sites.  From this class I hope to learn how to obtain more of the information and  use it to my advantage. I would normally just pass most of the information by but I want to be able to look at online media and know what it means and how to use it to help me.  Even at just looking at the MOOC it gives you links to other blogs, and news letters all which can be helpful to understanding the media. #meraliteracy isn’t something i believe will be easy to understand but will be worth it to understand for my future because when i do research later on in life I will know how to get information and understand it.