Prior to the introductory topic, I’d have considered myself to be “digital” in every way, shape and form. Subconsciously, I was aligned with Prenksy’s rather ageist theory.
However, my subsequent exposure to White’s theory converted my mind, and I started a reflection of digital life more broadly.
Through the mapping process, I accepted that I was “digitally deficient” in some areas. Attempting to remedy these deficiencies, I created some images for my blog post. After posting them Xavier described me as “fairly comfortable” with creating graphics – which brought a real sense of achievement. Additionally, I had an enjoyable conversation with Tom, where we discussed whether residency was really the key to “empowerment” or if it was possible for negative effects to ensue from complete residency. Whilst we agreed to disagree, there was great value in seeing both sides of the coin. Further, in reading Jeremy’s post not only was I exposed to interesting views, but to a different style of blogging. I highlighted my admiration for the humorous and conversational style in my comment and will consider it in the future.
When recently asked where I’d like to improve I highlighted “participating in professional digital communities”. My experience in the introductory topic has left me feeling I’m in good stead to achieve this progression. With great insight, comments and interaction with my peers we’re creating a community of our own. This community will not only benefit us for this module, or our time at University, but for the rest of our lives – as it allows discussion on specific topics which, despite impacting our lives, we tend not to analyse. For example, in this topic, the ability to critically analyse myself and consider my prejudices surrounding others in their digital usage will prove hugely transferable to different areas.
My comment on Jeremy’s blog here
My comment on Tom’s blog here
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