It’s hard to believe we’re already a third of the way through, it’s been something of whirlwind experience so far.
I found the visual artefacts we completed this week more thought provoking than I think I would have found written pieces, for a few reasons:
- They’re more immediately accessible, particularly the static images
- There’s a certain amount of ambiguity, which is open to interpretation by the viewer (much like viewing an art work)
- I have a preference for visual representation
I’ve not had as much time to devote to the subject matter or blogging this week, with evening commitments and several house guests over the weekend. However, I have been working my way through Lister, M. … [et al.], (2009) and distilling the points raised that felt important, or that particularly resonated with me. The first of these “Understanding the self as a networked presence has almost become a commonplace – consciousness is increasingly understood as an ‘assemblage’ in which technologically mediated communications systems are as much part of our consciousness as ‘nature’ or the body.” felt particularly pertinent to our thinking, as it links the cyberculture topic with community culture.
I’ve also signed up to the ‘Spanish for Beginners’ MOOC with ‘Future Learn’ and, while I’ve yet to fully understand the ethnography task, I have found the the introductory discussion forum is a mine of data about the participants, in most cases providing information such as their location, gender, why they’re taking the course and other courses they are enrolled on. I have started to collate this data and I’m already seeing some interesting gender, location and motivation trends.
Lister, M. … [et al.], (2009) “Chapter 3. Networks, users and economics” from Martin Lister … [et al.], New media: a critical introduction pp.163-236, London: Routledge