As an addendum to my last post, Scot Terban, author of the blog Krypt3ia which often discusses the intersection of information security and media psychology, recently wrote about the topic of digital immigrants and digital natives. But Scot goes a bit further to remark about digital natives, their online actvities and what he has termed the Lord of the Flies effect. Continue reading
As both digital immigrants and digital natives, we are witnessing an evolution in technology brought about at a much faster rate during our lifetimes due to changes in technologies which build upon on one another. This is something we typically didn’t see much of in the past because early adoption of new technologies happened in scientific communities, in the military and among the wealthy. Now, capitalism drives early adoption to the lowest level – the consumer – in order to increase profit, which in turn increases the demand for innovation, and so on. iPads, for example, seem to come out at least once a year these days, if not more often. Continue reading
Effective media literacy demands that an individual be aware and cautious about the amount of personal information they post on the internet or maintain on their computers. This information can be easily gathered and used to build a profile that involves personnel activities which can then further be used in predictive analysis for both good and nefarious reasons.Created by Febelfin (“Fédération belge du secteur financier”)
Potter recommends seven strategies to protecting your online privacy:
- Search for information about yourself
- Correct inaccuracies
- Be careful what you post about yourself online
- Be skeptical about requests for information
- Study privacy policies
- Download software to protect your computer from threats to your privacy
- Set up your Internet browsers to disallow cookies as a default (Potter, 2013).
(…besides, sugar is bad for you…) 😉
Potter, W. J. (2013). Media Literacy. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.
- Media Literacy’s Big Tent at NAMLE 2013 (mediaedlab.com)
- Media Literacy Resources Available (csdtechpd.wordpress.com)
- Thomas White: Media Literacy: Learning Not to Hate the News (huffingtonpost.com)
“We are entranced by electronic hallucinations which peddle fantasy, which most Americans believe. These systems of propaganda and brainwashing and miscommunication are very, very sophisticated. If we sever ourselves from a print based culture, and we rely on these systems (which many people do already for their understanding of reality) then we are in essence captives.”
– Chris Hedges, Death of the Liberal Class, Q&A.