What is is social media's contribution to educational philosophy?

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What is is social media's contribution to educational philosophy?

Post by AMyette on Wed May 03, 2017 8:51 am

Postman remarks in "Teaching as an Amusing Activity" that tv's contribution to educational philosophy is the notion that "teaching and entertainment are inseparable." If that's the case, then what is social media's - or the Internet's contribution to educational philosophy?

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Post by Riordon on Wed May 03, 2017 3:38 pm

I think the internet has made learning more accessible, but as also limited to bite-sized pieces of knowledge, rather than an understanding of a subject. Buzzfeed, for example, has many of those videos that give lots of fun facts, but with little to no context so it's near meaningless knowledge. Not to mention that the videos are designed to grab your attention with flashy thumbnails and click-bait titles, and hold it their with cheerful music and narration, as well as being rather short so you can end up seeing 30 videos in a row and not realize you've spent hours watching them. All while retaining pretty little information. (I know I've wasted nights I should have been studying doing this)

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Yes, I agree!

Post by AMyette on Wed May 03, 2017 5:26 pm

Riordon wrote:I think the internet has made learning more accessible, but as also limited to bite-sized pieces of knowledge, rather than an understanding of a subject. Buzzfeed, for example, has many of those videos that give lots of fun facts, but with little to no context so it's near meaningless knowledge. Not to mention that the videos are designed to grab your attention with flashy thumbnails and click-bait titles, and hold it their with cheerful music and narration, as well as being rather short so you can end up seeing 30 videos in a row and not realize you've spent hours watching them. All while retaining pretty little information. (I know I've wasted nights I should have been studying doing this)

I agree, Riordan. That's also, I think, borne out in Carr's "Juggler's Brain" article. The Internet and Social Media (mmm... why did I capitalize that?) don't encourage deep reading, but superficial, emotional responses.

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I Totally Agree with you

Post by Calvin123 on Wed May 03, 2017 10:03 pm

Riordon wrote:I think the internet has made learning more accessible, but as also limited to bite-sized pieces of knowledge, rather than an understanding of a subject. Buzzfeed, for example, has many of those videos that give lots of fun facts, but with little to no context so it's near meaningless knowledge. Not to mention that the videos are designed to grab your attention with flashy thumbnails and click-bait titles, and hold it their with cheerful music and narration, as well as being rather short so you can end up seeing 30 videos in a row and not realize you've spent hours watching them. All while retaining pretty little information. (I know I've wasted nights I should have been studying doing this)

I agree with you completely that technology and the internet has its pros and cons to education. Yes it can be informative but its the context in how we portray the topics and facts that may teach us or not.

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Post by AMyette on Thu May 04, 2017 6:08 am

Calvin,

Might one say that "portray the topics" and frame the topic are the same thing? Isn't that Postman's argument about why the news is worse than ER or Friends?

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Post by sophialuna on Thu May 04, 2017 10:11 pm

I think that the internet helps people easily access information that they wouldn't have accessed otherwise. However not every thing on the internet is true. Some media stations have more politically aligned views. In my opinion, people often confuse bias in the media with selective perception. I also agree with Riordon on Buzzfeed

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Post by Admin on Fri May 05, 2017 6:08 am

sophialuna wrote:I think that the internet helps people easily access information that they wouldn't have accessed otherwise. However not every thing on the internet is true. Some media stations have more politically aligned views. In my opinion, people often confuse bias in the media with selective perception. I also agree with Riordon on Buzzfeed

Access to information doesn't change the information, nor does it, as you point out, Sophia, mean that we criticallhy consume that information. That's what Carr's premise is in "The Juggler's Brain. - Myette

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