Monday, February 14, 2011

Brave New (Digital) World

There were some excellent reflections in the blogs regarding the week's readings from Nicolas Carr and Kevin Kelly. You really oughta read them if you haven't already. Many good comments about how technology shapes our literacy practices - and our thinking! The famous 20th-century American scholar Walter Ong, writing about the shift from orality to literacy, said, "Writing restructures consciousness." Many of our bloggers picked up on the ways new media are changing the way we think.

A Facebook friend of mine posted an update that is so revelatory of this shift. With her permission, I use it here:

Here is an example of digital social networking restructuring our expressions of emotion... Profound!

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