The New Norms

Introduction: Electracy by Ulmer

What’s this word “electracy?” I have never seen it in my life, and after reading Ulmer’s Introduction, I’m not sure I have it down completely.

From my interpretation, here’s what I got. Electracy is something inherent and necessary that helps us understand digital media. There is no purpose for digital media unless electracy exists to help us break it down.

I’ve never really thought of this concept because I think my generation is the generation of technology, of mass communication, of social media. Interpretation and understanding of digital media is engrained in us and will be engrained into our children.

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The article states that electracy will need to be taught in school like math or science, but it’s something that will be the result from growing up in our culture. Kids learn how to speak before they go to school—our kids will be familiar with digital media.

Do you agree with my view of electracy? Will it be something inherent to human nature and intelligence as our culture advances? Do you think we’re dependent on the Internet?

Is Google Making Us Stupid? Nicholas Carr

I was afraid when I saw the title of this article—I think it’s something I’ve had in the back of my mind but nothing I want to actually admit to. I agree that the way students read and get their news is changing—it’s all online in short articles. Our attention span has gone down the drain.

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The Internet is the biggest tool for this generation, but it’s changing the way we think and act. However, while change is different, change is good. Maybe it’s better to only be able to read a short bit because then we can be informed about an array of issues and events!

Carr writes, “what the Net seems to be doing is chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation” BUT this is in exchange for the world and all its information at your fingertips! As consumers, the Internet provides us with more than we could ever imagine! Any issue you want to know more about, you can.

In the article, Carr says that reading is not an intrinsic skill for humans—we have to program our brain to do it. So why is it so bad that reading is changing? In my mind, I see it as an iOS Brain update. Yes you might freak out about it at first, but then you get accustomed to it.

Is the way we obtain our information online bad or good for society?

E.T.

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