Robust Note Taking Assignment
the ability to evaluate the reliability and credibility of different information sources (4)
I found the inability for people to understand the difference between a tabloid news article and a newspaper a very interesting part of the judgment in our society today. I work with a guy who will constantly come up to me and tell me random facts he has read in “The National Inquirer” and there are times where I tell him those magazines are nothing but lies, but others in which I’m afraid I am actually insulting his intelligence. I guess a discussion question that may arise form this would be whether or not you feel the same way? Is the inability to tell whether or not something is real a growing problem in society or has the younger generation discovered away to weed through what is true and what is false?
picture of “The National Inquirer” and I find it great that they have them stuffed in to the rack and also into the rack of “Family Circus” indicating the importance that this magazine has and its weight on our society. http://www.flickr.com/photos/sparkingphoenix/6866557919/
Another interesting factor I discovered when reading about judgement, was that we have been told lies about Wikipedia. Not that Wikipedia is the most reliable source, and obviously as students we will never be allowed to use it as a credible source in the classroom setting, but that despite it not being flawless, Encyclopedias may be just as flawed, and consequently teachers have been “gatekeeping” students into believing that articles and journals and what librarians tell them is not only always factual, but the only reliable source fo them to use (43). However, as Jenkins states children along with everyone else, need to start using their own judgement on what they believe as factual, if they continue to listen to what adults tell them than they aren’t forming their own identity, and they aren’t thinking for themselves (44). The number one resource I use is Wikipedia, if I’m typing a paper I may go there and use the sources listed on the page to begin my research. If I have any questions about a bands history or how many Oscars George Clooney has won (zero by the way) I go there, because it’s convenient and easy to use. This whole discussion about Wikipedia brings me to the question of whether or not you believe Wikipedia will ever be considered a credible source? I feel that I will not see this change during my school years, but maybe one day it may be considered as somewhat reliable, or there may be a way to check credibility on certain aspects of it. However, the problem that arises is scholars are the ones who decide what is credible and what is not, and as long as they are working to publish their own scholarly work they will probably never view Wikipedia as credible because most of the authors on the site do not meet the intellectual needs of these scholars.
the ability to scan one’s environment and shift focus as needed to salient details (4)
According to Jenkins, Multi-tasking often is confused with distraction, but as understood here, multi-tasking involves a method of monitoring and responding to the sea of information around us. Students need help distinguishing between being off task and handling multiple tasks simultaneously (36). Jenkins explains how adults view children as distracted today and unable to multi-task with their short attention spans, however he also states that managers who work in a fast paced environment line up with the 30 second to five minute attention span of teens and illustrates that “they may be much less dysfunctional than adults are making them out to be (35). They may be perfect for future work environments. Jenkins continues to state that schools will begin to work on the cognitive center of the brain and hopefully strengthen students short term memory and assist in two forms of multi-tasking, “the hunter” and “the farmer” (35,36). The farmer seems more focused on a single task, but achieving many task throughout the day, while the hunter is focused more on complex tasks all at the same time as he must search, “high and low for his prey” (36). The Mark Zuckerburgs of this world seem to point in the opposite direction of teens not being able to multi-task. In fact all of the teens Jenkins mentions early on in this article prove that teens in today’s society are able to take on more and more tasks to reach their goal at quicker speeds. It seems that those that think they cannot multi-task are referring to poor performances in school, where they don’t care about history or English, but instead want to go home and see what their friends are doing on Facebook. The question that arises from all this, is how long before school, in the traditional sense, becomes obsolete? It seems that classrooms are straying farther and farther away from the traditional lets sit here and listen to a professor lecture, as the information in the classroom becomes available on the internet and as attention spans seem to be diminishing.
New Media/Old Media
Many people today feel that the skills required for use with this new media can easily be obtained by our youth, and in fact it still takes a lot of work and much like running a newspaper, running a blog requires a similar set of skills that must be learned before the ability to become successful ia an option.
The definition of media to me is any information we receive from a published outlet. That doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be published by an outside source, it could be a blog or a Facebook post, as long as it is published and in reach of the public. I feel as though old media includes things such as hard copy articles, newspapers, and in all honesty watching the news. My parents are an example of people who come home and don’t turn on the news, they turn on the T.V. but it’s usually to “Two and a Half Men”. Instead they come home and they get on their computers and they got to websites such as “MSNBC” and it is here that they get all their news media for the day. So to me new media is not just blogging or social networking, but the way in which consumers get what was once old media. You can find the “Pilot” online, “Us Weekly” along with every other tabloid online (actually I’m pretty sure someone signed me up online because I’m still getting emails about Jennifer Aniston and Snooki’s baby), along with news coverage both video and text are also all online now. To me there are both pros and cons to this new form of media. The biggest pro is obviously the fact that you can now get information almost instantly and with the invention of smart phones anywhere you go. However, call this nostalgia I never had but with old media families sat down and watched the 6 o’ clock news. In the morning your dad sat there and read the paper why you ate breakfast. Children were explained the news articles at least in their parents terms which in my opinion is far better than going on the internet and finding out about news articles they weren’t prepared to understand on their own. The creation of this new media may have created a new outlet for people to come together and to formulate new ideas, but it seems it has begun if not already to destroy one of the founding aspects of this country- the family. My question from media becomes, whether or not you still use old media (or at least my idea of old media) today? I know I don’t. I mean I love reading books (novels), but I can’t tell you the last time I picked up a magazine (and I work at a grocery store) or looked at a newspaper article. That being said, I don’t really check out many news articles on the internet either.
This is a link to nbc news, where you can read articles and literally watch the the news if you are unable to watch it on a television, or if you are specifically trying to watch just one segment of the show. You can do this with other news networks as well as late night shows. In fact, with the internet today, you don’t even need cable because everything you can find on T.V. you can now find online.
Jenkins, Henry. Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2009. Print.