Reading Response 1

Our ability to understand and use technology

Reading Response 1:


In the 21st century as we progress further and further with technology, it is the underlying assumption that those brought up in this era will automatically be graced with the ability to understand and use technology at east compared to the older generations and non millenials. With the rapid growth of our technology it also allows for participation in politics through social mediums and other news outlets and websites. Having cameras on smart phones and being able to access the internet from anywhere increases the expectation of knowledge for technology as well as our ability to update the world in real time.

One of the readings I wanted to analyze was our Digital Natives reading.  This reading stuck out to me because of the underlying problem today’s society with who is considered a digital native and what skills are required at certain ages with technology as well as what exactly is expected technological knowledge growing up.  During this reading it interests me that there is an underlying assumption that all of millennial’s growing up are supposed to know how technology works since we are immersed in it all the time.  Why though, are we as a generation required to know how to use technology just because we are surrounded by it?  With this concept and notion applied it seems we are meant to know a lot more than we do based on being in the world we are in.  It helps us to be surrounded by technology and it does improve our understanding of technology on small levels, but being a digital native requires more than just basic understanding of technology.  In the reading I made a note that for us to gain a perspective on technology or any concept and subject in life we must study it and take time to further our knowledge.  There is no way of understanding technology and how it works at intermediate to high levels just by being around it.   Not everyone is also exposed to technology unless they are at school or using a friends electronic device.  Just because someone lives in the age of technology it does not mean everyone has equal and fair access to a computer or a smart phone.  It is an underlying assumption with digital nativism that just because you are brought up in the age of technology you are then presumed to be familiar with computers and the internet when that is not the case.  Within each generation there are people very familiar with technology, not very familiar with it, and those who have limited access and therefore have limited understanding of it. The reading helped me understand what defines a digital native because I had not heard that word used before this class.   The reading also helped me shed light on the ongoing assumption in today’s society that because we are young and growing up in the 21st century we are therefore expected to know the ins and outs of computer and technology as a whole.

The second analysis I have is our readings on amateur journalism and citizen journalism during week 3.  Citizen journalism has become more and more prevalent in today’s society because of our evolution of technology and with the population having a camera for video and pictures on their smart phones it makes reporting stories and events live easy for anyone to do.  Citizen journalism receives a lot of negative feedback because of the many biases it poses.  Each news outlet has their own agenda and biases in their own way, but at the same time as individuals we also develop our own bias of what is happening in the world and thus when reporting on events in citizen journalism it can result in the skewing of information and resulting in one sided arguments for or against an issue.  The reading helped me better understand the problems and advantages of citizen journalism and why we should be cautious when reading about or watching citizen journalists because of perhaps a lack of sources and credibility.  It was also interesting to learn how mass media incorporated elements of citizen journalism into their program and even give awards and recognition for the journalists.

With the expansion of the internet and technology it raises expectations every year.  Each year younger generations are expected to know and learn as much as the one before them and kids at a younger age are being exposed to electronics helping them understand how they work making them digital natives.  It is important to continue to learn and read about technology because it is changing rapidly in front of us making no one a digital native unless they take time to learn the technology.  It is also important of us when using these technologies to be careful what we see on the internet. Whether it be click bait or from citizen journalists we need to verify credibility and sources first and foremost.


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