The first thing I wrote down from this lecture was “do cool things”, which, I think, is a pretty awesome way to start a semester.
Things that caught my eye/ears:
- Looking at the web not as a place to publish, but as a place to make, create and interact.
- No distinction between theory and practice, they are one. Learn by doing. “If you’re not thing of your making in the moment of making, you’re naive.”
- Professional does not equal money, it equals experience and awareness about the artifact you’re creating.
- Digital natives are not necessarily sophisticated digital citizens. In fact, digital immigrants are likely to have have more sophistaction if because they have experience with how digital stuff works, rather than why.
Actually, I want to expand on that last point a little. I first learnt of the terms “digital native” and “digital immigrant” when I was studying primary education. As pre-service teachers, we were told that all our future students would be digital natives and if we didn’t use technology to capture and hold their attention in class, they’d quickly lose interest in learning because they are used to being entertained with the push of a button. I never really liked this idea, and it bothered me that we were being taught that these kids would know more about technology than us, or even our parents. I have to say, my dad is technically old enough to be classified as a “digital immigrant” but he is easily a much more sophisticated digital citizen than I am. When Adrian explained the sophisticated citizen part, that made so much sense to me. And I never really like the terms digital native/immigrant anyway!
I like that there’s no road map for this course, it’s instead going to be a mix of making, thinking and learning, with our learning and questions sometimes determining which way we go at a crossroads.
Some notes on sketch videos:
- Use ready-to-hand technology, publish online, critique in class, make several per week.
- Treat them like words: cheap and free!
- Think of why writers have notebooks, and artists sketch. Learn by doing and doing and doing.
- Shift thinking from big monuments and statement pieces to sketches and quiet observation, from imposing to listening, from naive to informed.
And finally, a few words about industrial media vs post-industrial media. We will be working in a post-industrial media landscape when we graduate and should think of ourselves as “the engineering media practitioners of the future”. The world is moving from a media that is clean, tidy, quiet, same to a media that disrupts all these notions of what media is. It is becoming dirty, messy, noisy, other.