The meeting that I went to was titled, This is How We Write: Knowledge Work in the Web 2.0 World. Lecturers Richard Miller and Paul Hammond presented the idea of how advanced technology is now a form of writing in the 21st century. As each generation passes, people are getting very comfortable with the knowledge of attaining information within a second. With the help from convenient devices, one would see people carrying around ipods, ipads, etc. and getting updates on the latest news and events. This phenomenon of interacting with the media with the touch of a button cannot be ignored by universities because blogs, journals, and any form of writing may be seen on the web. The main discussion of this presentation was about how universities cannot only work with texts anymore, rather that they must incorporate interactive learning on the web and effectively use it as a potential to blossoming innovative ideas.
What is most fascinating about the web is that the media is constantly in conversation with each other, thereby generating unlimited thoughts and ideas to the public. Writing is one form of communication, posting a visual, however, may also be considered as a form of communication. If essays may be written by looking at a simple picture, who is to say that visuals are not allowed to be used to write an essay? Hammond asked us, “what if people use visuals to write an essay?” As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Visuals can be a form of expression, therefore posting a picture on the web is a form of sharing ideas. With new ideas come feedback and comments. These criticisms and praises can be turned into a type of peer editing. One of Hammond’s students noted that visuals are a “map of an idea.” This is an interesting thought because then the essay that a university student focuses on would not be a paper anymore, rather, it would be the beginnings of a project or research.
Although technology such as ipads and the web may be perceived as distractions, it can be utilized to society’s benefit by incorporating them into education to produce new thoughts. Ipads are characterized a different way because an abundance of information may be packed into the device. This abundance leads to the disquiet of the mind as opposed to reading a printed book. Distractions are becoming more constant within our lives because the busier we are, the less time we have to focus on tasks one at a time. If used correctly, however, the access to interactive learning is a potential to producing insight of our lives and knowledge. I believe that nothing will be lost from the transition of a physical book to a tech book. Although this is more of a preferential controversy, this transition can be taken advantage of and enriched. The overwhelming amount of information presented to us to does not necessarily only disquiet the mind, rather it can be used to present new information for the public to peer edit and digest.