Oct 2 2006
Interesting discussion emerging from…Virtual Society?
Interesting pieces of research have been popping up within our M.A. EDUC 5251 course including this wonderful / or maybe not YouTube video which could be seen to flounder the ideals of the rules of Woolgar. Although it must be pointed out in both a practical nature that the video is out of context and often YouTube vidoes are fake, and from Woolgars’ point of view the five rules were meant to dispel the two polar views of technology and ICT’s as either the most wonderul innovations or absolutely of no use at all in the area of education.
Does this second article from New Scientist give the same response as the video, one in which a polar view is shown against ICT’s and their effects on society? The article looks at the fact that yes more communication goes on by ourselves often as ‘tethered selves’ never away from communication whether it is the net, email, sms. myspace etc. However is the communication becoming for communications sake, and so as such the quality of thought behind our communication dissapearing? The end quotation is very interesting:-
‘Technology pundits may talk in glowing terms about new forms of social life, but the jury is out on whether virtual self-expression will translate into collective action.’