CCWP Web Presence Retreat reflections

 

Social networking as a concept has rolled like a tsunami through the blabosphere, but with little analysis of its context and purposes. 
This is another example, like “digital natives,” of a concept which has a deceptive obviousness to it. On reflection, it’s actually complex and slippery. Is social here a term which refers to polite and superficial interaction? Or is it meant to bring in the sinister underbelly of human relations, like “social diseases” as a euphemism for sexually transmitted infections? 
I actually feel more like an authentic digital native, despite my senior citizen status, than most teenyboppers, since I was using the net when it was a new and exciting space for open inquiry and authentic communication, before the commercial onslaught. Kids who grew up with the net as a sphere for marketing often know nothing of its real uses for knowledge enhancement and creative publication.
Social networking as a concept has rolled like a tsunami through the blabosphere, but with little analysis of its context and purposes. 
This is another example, like “digital natives,” of a concept which has a deceptive obviousness to it. On reflection, it’s actually complex and slippery. Is social here a term which refers to polite and superficial interaction? Or is it meant to bring in the sinister underbelly of human relations, like “social diseases” as a euphemism for sexually transmitted infections? 
I actually feel more like an authentic digital native, despite my senior citizen status, than most teenyboppers, since I was using the net when it was a new and exciting space for open inquiry and authentic communication, before the commercial onslaught. Kids who grew up with the net as a sphere for marketing often know nothing of its real uses for knowledge enhancement and creative publication.
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Fred is a Teaching Artist, an arts integration advocate & a social justice activist. He is near completing a two-month Residency as String Game Performance Teacher at Calabasas Elementary School in Watsonville, CA, and performed at the 2015 Santa Cruz Storytelling Festival. He also serves as Teacher Consultant for Professional Development with UCSC's Central California Writing Project and as their Technology Liaison to the National Writing Project. He is a Connected Learning Facilitator and coordinates Face To Face Drop Ins on Connected Learning biweekly at Arts Council Santa Cruz County. He teaches self-directed & connected learning via real-world projects & string games through his Original Digital Project, an Associate of the Arts Council.

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