As mentioned in class, homework for Monday is to read Boyd, give an overview of her argument,
discuss two main claims, and identify any passages in the text you might be interested in researching
or learning more about. Post to your blogs by Monday early evening
The main idea in Boyd’s text is that although many interpret todays youth as having unlimited knowledge of technology and the internet, but in reality they have only adapted the knowledge needed for their specific needs, and they are in fact widely uneducated on all the potential technology has and what it can do for them. She best sums up her argument in her quote “Teens may make their own media or share content online, but this does not mean that they inherently have the knowledge or perspective to critically examine what they consume”.
Two main passages that I found interesting were on page 177 when Boyd states “It is dangerous to assume that youth are automatically informed…Becoming literate in a networked age requires hard work, regardless of age” This touches on a very important topic, especially in todays culture. Many individuals think that once that have mastered everything that is relevant to them technology wise, they can simply stop learning. Boyd makes the claim that technology and social media is such a vast and listless expanse that you can never really stop learning, and that you should try to expand your knowledge of technology as much as you possibly can.
Another passage that I found interesting is found on page 179 when Boyd makes the claim that “our students today are all ‘native speakers’ of the digital language of computers, video games and the Internet.” and that “Those of us who were not born into the digital world but have, at some later point in our lives, become fascinated by and adopted many or most aspects of the new technology are, and always will be compared to them, Digital Immigrants.” this idea that younger generations were born with the knowledge of the internet and technology, therefore making them “digital natives” vs. those who have to learn technological skills later in their lives, making them “Digital immigrants” this term and the ideology behind would be something I would like to expand upon in my paper, and dive more into the conflict that can arise from the clash of generations of those who were born and grew up knowing how to utilize technology, vs. those who have to acquire the skills later in life.