How Networks Are Changing Social Change

Citation: Kasper G, Scearce D. Working Wikily: How Networks Are Changing Social Change.

Category: Social Media, Education, #EDUC689

Commentary Written By: Livia Macedo

I thought it was interesting the comment about “blur the line between amateurs and experts”. Amateurs are now able to publish their opinions on the internet alongside those of experts via various social media tools (e.g. YouTube, Blog).

I also agree with regards to privacy and security, users must be careful with what they share publicly online as it may come back to haunt them. The concept of “privacy” and “security” will need to be redefined in the world of social media.

One thing I learned this past week is that this new generation of students are losing or not learning the ability to read non-verbal expressions and participating in face-to-face interactions, because they are so used to using technology!

English: Blended learning methodology graphic

English: Blended learning methodology graphic (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I think there should be a balance between face-to-face interactions and social media networking interactions in education, and that can be achieved via a blended learning environment.

3 thoughts on “How Networks Are Changing Social Change

  1. Livia, I understand your concern and I see your worries in the classroom often. I would advocate for furthered use of online instructional technology and e-learning under the auspices of a hybrid classroom. However, part of the solution can be an increased used of video platforms like Sykpe, youtube, vine, ect. The issue you brought up with the inability or reduced ability to “read” people is something that needs to be addressed early on through the education system. I would like to hear you further views on this because if it is something the can be addressed in the k-12 system I would like to help.

    • Thank you for your reply. I agree with you with regards to reading people should be addressed early on in the education system, however, what if even the early education system becomes online? Then individuals will be very limited to face-to-face social interactions. They will need to seek out to better interact with their communities to develop these skills on their own or else will possibly lack interpersonal skills. The reason why I bring this up is because I am thinking of students in the health care profession who communicate mainly via technology tools may find it difficult to read a patient’s non-verbal expression when going into practice. We should be aware of this as health care professionals and faculty and continue to provide opportunities for students to practice their communication skills and patient interactions.

  2. Livia – I couldn’t agree more about the lines blurring between amateurs and experts. We read about the campaign to retrieve a friend’s cell phone in the Shirky book. Then last week I was reminded of the same thing with the episode of the 15 year old who had a TSA agent tell her to “cover herself” at security. Her father was a blogger for some big newspaper, and within days it was national network news. If you really think about it, it’s enough to make you paranoid! Big brother, and all his cousins are watching, and can “make a big deal” out of ANYTHING!! I worry this could be for good or evil!! Good job.

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