Digital Storytelling and Technobiophilia

As I mentioned in my last post there is a definition connection between Technobiophilia and Digital Storytelling. The use nature photography on our digital screens tells others who we are and what we like. The personal selections of photos tells the story of us as individuals. Made clear by Sue Thomas from my last post technology needs to be positively integrated into our lives. This being said Digital Storytelling is something that has evolved over the years in negative and positive ways. Up and coming artist use YouTube and Facebook to promote themselves and get their stories out into the world with hopes that someone will recognize their talent and sweep them into the world of fame and fortune. Survivors of traumatic events use technology to reach people in their time of needs in order to tell them it gets better. Their hopeful messages and stories travel further than they could have hoped, this all due to technology. I will admit that ll this good comes with a lot of bad but at the same time as we integrate technology into our everyday lives the world becomes smaller and relationships grow stronger. I personal use technology everyday to keep my friend Alicia who lives in London updated on my life and vice versa. 



I personally thing that technobiophilia as described by Sue Thomas can be considered a major aspect of digital storytelling. She says that we need to find a way to integrate our machines into our life, which I believe is done frequently through positive YouTube videos, Facebook posts,etc.I believe that we have already positively integrated our machines into our life but it’s not always clear that we have due to the many negative effects of cell phones and laptops. However when I turn to the other uses of technobiophilia like in the Aeon Magazine article I agree with the idea that we idolize the idea of a human less nature, which is why we cover our digital screens with open fields and leafy forests. I personally try to go camping every year with the least amount of people possible so that I am able to get alone time in the wilderness. My computer screen has the picture of a snow covered forest on it and I constantly look through Google images to find a new screen saver that shows a different part of nature. Even if the picture is of a tornado I still find it comforting to look at because it is nature at its purest. 

Media and News Literacy

Two cons to the democratization of social media is the authenticity of the information that the users of social media place out in the world and the amount of personal biases that “citizen journalist or news photographer or videographer” place in their pieces. Two pros to this democratization of social media is that those that participate are able to get their voices heard and the receiver of this information is more than likely to get more truth from the “citizen journalist or news photographer or videographer” than a news station or magazine (I know that this contradicts with the pro).

We receive (or we think we do) authentic pieces from the videographer more than the others because it is filmed and then placed in the internet or in case of the ECPA video which from what I heard was a video chat in front of the people who requested the experiment. However in the video about Leonardo da Vinci close to two minutes in the narrator states that “legend has it” which technically can’t be his fault because he has no way of finding out the truth but we must take into consideration that other sources of information would have only provided the viewer with researched and proven facts. 

I feel as if the article about Twitter Literacy was the one that spoke about the democratization of social media properly. Rheingold states that Variety is “political or technical argument, gossip, scientific info, news flashes, poetry, social arrangements, classrooms, repartee, scholarly references, bantering with friends. And I’m in control of deciding how much of each flavor I want in my flow. I don’t have to listen to noise, but filtering it out requires attention. You are responsible for whoever else’s babble you are going to direct into your awareness.” There are definite pros and cons to the democratization of social media but at the end of the day it is up to us to filter everything and get the information that we need. 


What Metaliteracy Means To Me

I actually had to spend a few minutes on Google to refresh my memory of Metaliteracy. After reading everything I want to say that to me Metaliteracy is the sharing of properly researched information through social media and online communities (like blogs, or online journalism. Besides the gen-ed completion I hope to actually know thoroughly what Metaliteracy is, in a way that I can actually describe it to someone and have them become interested in it. Also learning how to create a web page is something I’ve keep telling myself I want to learn but I never take the time to research. The MOOC part of this class is one of the more interesting aspects of the course. I think it great that they offer these online courses and community and I hope that more people find out about it and take advantage of it. What do I hope to take from this course into the world? I want to be able to properly use the information on the internet but more importantly I want to find information that is reliable. I want to develop some type of navigation skills through the clutter that is the internet.