Mandy’s presentation last thursday was on the topic of D.I.Y culture, D.I.Y meaning ‘do it yourself’. This concept of one doing projects by themselves has come a long way along with the progression of technology and easy to access media. Many aspects of todays culture encompasses the ‘do it yourself’ mentality as many more things are becoming possible for the average person to do once again paralleling the technology that we have accessible to us in modern times. Now with expansive information available to us via the web possibilities regarding do it yourself mentality are immense. For example: if one were to desire to create a bench the wood-working techniques and methods are all available online, include actual blue-prints for a bench or even a video tutorial making it incredibly easy to follow step by step instructions leading you directly to you finished product. Because of the internet people are becoming more accessible to the feeling of self-accomplishment.
In terms of twenty first century literacy skills I seem to be somewhat well equipped, that is as well equipped as the average person of my generation. The one point that was constantly mentioned in the article was ‘online crap detection' which honestly is a skill i definitely need to develop due to my naive nature. When it comes to the internet I have decent researching skills and so forth however my ability to separate valid or usable information from that which isn’t could definitely use some attention. Also as the article pointed out, with large exchange of information things like identity theft can be a devastating issue. Although this is something i know i am still giving out personal information to any website that entertains me for a few minutes. Critical thinking is one skill i need to sharpen when dealing with twenty first century skills.
1 – http://blog.sfgate.com/rheingold/category/21st-century-literacies/