Role play is a major function of performance as Jenkins uses a quote stating how the ability to repeatedly reinvent oneself is particularly appealing since home pages and blogs can be updated as often as desired and because they may be produced anonymously”. This idea of allowing someone to consistently reinvent themselves is beneficial in a class room setting where you may need to perform as a Confederate in the Civil War one day and a member of the Civil Rights movement the next. It allows students to place themselves within the world they are learning, and discover new possibilities along with new challenges. The idea of placing performance along with blogs and home pages is genius, because that’s how kids today perform. They constantly update their blog given current events, how they are feeling, and even visit other blogs depending on what it is they are trying to learn. When it comes to home pages, that is a constant example of alternate identities as day to day life in someones statuses on Facebook or Twitter can have a varying degree of ranges, as shown by this picture:
Simulation is what has helped most of us learn in this class. We have looked at others blogs after having done the reading and through everyone’s examples it has become easier to understand. There are times when all the information in the articles we have read has become a little overwhelming, and the ability to simulate these readings into real world examples has helped make this material a little lighter, and a little easier to comprehend. Such as the “Grey Album” being an example of remediation. For those that don’t know what the “Grey Album” is, it is a mash-up, or combination of The Beatles “White Album” and Jay-Z’s “Black Album”. This record is a simulation of remediation as it is a revamping of older media. Simulation becomes a useful tool in learning because it can be used with almost everything you can relate to the real world, but as stated above it is limited to its medium, unlike the term “remediation” which can be applied to almost every form of media today, simulation is subject to its medium. The Rome game described in the Jenkins article helps to understand the period, but it goes no further than that. It can’t go further because it is stuck within the realm it was created. No outside source can be added (with few exceptions like an update) and it does not provide a grouping of minds like that of a classroom setting. The kid in the Rome game coud not discuss things with his father outside of the game, because he did not have the data provided to him.
Despite its limitations, simulation is still a very useful ability as it allows for the interaction with source material, and helps to better understand the topics at hand. However, as stated above it is important to understand the limits, and in understanding these limits, use simulation to its most effective potential (most likely in a classroom session).