Digital storytelling, technobiophilia and media and news literacy can all be combined as intensified forms connected to metaliteracy. Digital storytelling is used as a method of preserving imaginative oral wisdom that have been passed down from ancestors. Digital story formulates an ordinary story into a more renovated method by illustrating stories through the use of technology for example, projectors, iPads, iPhones, television etc. While technobiophilia is the attraction we get with the connection of life or lifelike features to computers or social networking activities they are in technology. Technobiophilia creates a relationship with transliteracy and digital storytelling because of our connection to nature and how we use them in our stories for example fables where animals speak as humans, legendary or supernatural tales.
Social Media on the other hand, brings to life our attraction to nature, it not only makes life more convenient and easier but it brings all information within our reach. We are able to interact and connect with one another from hundreds of miles away. Although social media diminishes our physical connection with nature and with each other, technobiophilia reminds us of our history and connection to nature and all its spectacular features. We are able to connect digitally with one another for example, a YouTube video of a girl telling her story of how she was cyber-bullied. By watching the video, viewers like myself don’t have to be physical there in other to console her, she is able to take in consideration that someone out there in the digital world cares about her and this could be the encouragement she needs.
Through the use of social media we are able to demonstrate storytelling and technobiophillia digitally to one another. These topics all correlate with one another because social media can be seen as a form of digital storytelling, we are able to incorporate our activities, voice and knowledge translated as a story digitally by sharing them on the various social media available. It is really interesting to see how Digital storytelling, technobiophilia and media and news literacy goes hand in hand to illustrate our modern society of today. In one way, one can say these topics help define our “other” life in the digital world.
According to Sue Thomas, technobiophilia is the attraction we get with the connection of life or lifelike features to computers or social networking activities they are in technology. For example, I prefer my screen-savers to be that of some sort of landscape because whenever it comes up it reminds me of a serene place I want to be rather than a picture of myself. Sometimes I find that by glancing over at my screensaver, it distresses me just by looking at it Thomas explains that we tend to give computers humanlike qualities in order for us to accept it as a part of our day to day life. We use metaphors like “surfing the internet”, “newsfeed”, “tweeting” etc.
Technobiophilia creates a relationship with transliteracy and digital storytelling because of our connection to nature and how we use them in our stories for example fables where animals speak as humans, legendary or supernatural tales. We as humans, tend to incorporate nature in our day to day life. Personally, I think we try to find a balance by trying to integrate digital and nature life together and finding a balance between the two. This is because we tend to associate or accommodate things we believe that are real or close to real rather than things we can’t relate to. Until we find a balance between our digital world and real world, we would continue to feel like we lack in one area of either spectrum.
According Bryan Alexander’s presentation for the MOOC talk, a story is a sequence of content, anchored on a problem when engages that audience with emotion and meaning. Alexander’s definition to me reminds me of folktale; his definition encompass every situation presented in a folktale, it engages people, influences their emotion and is not only circulated among people but is passed down from generation to generation.
Digital storytelling to me is a modernize form of folktale. It is used as a method of preserving imaginative oral wisdom that have been passed down from ancestors. Digital story formulates an ordinary story into a more renovated method by illustrating stories through the use of technology for example, projectors, iPads, iPhones, television etc. Almost every story has an exposition, rising action, climax, falling action and a denouement The Frey tag triangle); this represents a description of how a story should look. Alexander explains that a story connects a person, it is a description of person or a thing that’s “person-like”.
Alexander explained that digital storytelling is a “constant innovation”; stories that were told centuries ago are being bought back to life now, reused and will continue to be reused. He also said that although they might change as time goes on, they will always have the same morals and values. This is true because I remember when I younger and my grandmother always told us fables and I remember as I grew older and read more books, I could see a lot of similarities between the stories I was told and the various books I read.
Digital storytelling and #metaliteracy work hand in, digital media enables people to share various aspect of their lives. I once saw a video on YouTube of a woman who recorded the growth of her pregnancy and in the video one can see the gradual growth of her belly until the baby was born. Her story was told digitally, this way the audience were captivated by the story of the growth of her baby. Digital media allows us to share our experience with millions of people. It enables us to not only create relationships but also awareness of the various life journey we experience.
The increased use of social media has a lot of positive but also negative societal effects. Social Media makes life more convenient and easier. It brings all information within our reach. We are able to interact and connect with one another from hundreds of miles away. However, the increased use of social media has also negatively impacted our lives. The lack of privacy; one can now go on the internet to find out what their neighbors are doing, what they are saying about us and even how much income they make! We longer value physical connection, we are being forced not to rely on physical connection as long as we are able to interact through the internet.
According to the video I watched on YouTube “Connected Learning Tv”, Howard Rheingold explains that social media involves student learning he explained that “the more power given to students, the more engage they are”. These types of social media gives way for individual thinking and contributions. However, Social media distorts our views on reality; we use forums, blogs, wikis etc. to engage in conversations in other to hear the voice of the community. Studies shows that social media gives way for people to act/be someone else; one is able to vocalize their thoughts and make them public. Social media also gives way for miscommunication, for example; The Huffington Post article on the falsely reported news on the New York Stock Exchange being flooded with water. This news reporting created chaos because not only is the NYSE an historic building but its influence worldwide on economic wealth.
Another example in which the use of Social Media creates a negative connotation is the case in which Shashank Tripathi falsely claimed that the New York Stock Exchange was flooded during Hurricane Sandy. His act was considered not only outrageous but it was seen an a potential prosecution because according to New York City Councilman Peter Vallone “Mr. Tripathi’s tweet could be the digital equivalent of shouting “Fire in a crowded theater”
Overall, the increased use of social media has several positive societal effects on our lives like making life more flexible, convenient, faster to access information; however it can affects people’s physical interaction negatively and makes room for misinterpretation and miscommunication.
Metaliteracy to me is a broaden aspect of transliteracy. Metaliteracy makes it possible for me to share the knowledge I gained from social environments i.e. my ability to be self aware of the growing improvement in modern society or simply increasing my consciousness. Metaliteracy makes it possible for me to expand the information learnt from people or everyday life. I am able to create and analyze information by using my digital and media literacy. Being a more metaliterate learner will enable me the ability to understand the growth in modern society and technology, it is the overall coming together of all literacy. From this course, I hope to gain the necessary tools needed to become an adequate metaliterate learner; for example learning how to use the Metaliterate Learner Graphic design by Roger Lipera the four domains (metacognitive, cognitive, behavioral and affective) that support the learner-centered #metaliteracy dynamic.