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How capable are you in terms of Howard Rheingolds five literacies for the 21st century? Provide an example from your life that illustrates either the challenge that each literacy poses or how you have coped with the challenge

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Assignment 1. ?How capable are you in terms of Howard Rheingold?s five literacies for the 21st century? Provide an example from your life that illustrates either the challenge that each literacy poses or how you have coped with the challenge. Or both.? Attention: As Rheingold considers attention to be the most basic and significant literacy of the 21st century, he explains how it is the fundamental building block for the way of daily life; with attention framing the way in which individuals think, create tools, teach, socialize, transform civilizations etc. multi-tasking would be considered a constant attention-splitting (or "hyper attention") action common in myself and many if not most students. The development of technology introducing us to smart-phones. ...read more.

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As some participation (such as negatively commenting on someone's wall or photo on facebook) is unnecessary I believe that everyone who has access to such outlets shouldn't take it for granted while balancing and filtering out the good and the bad. Collaboration: With the media today joining together a diverse group of individuals/communities, collaboration plays a significant part for the change, development, and stability of social life. As these efforts of collaboration take part in social conflict, it informs others and brings positive change. Since the media and all information on it is open to the public, it is effective in every way no matter the scale. I believe that even a simple facebook group on a certain topic of awareness can push for a major difference as long as those efforts are shown and are acknowledged by others. ...read more.

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Rheingold brings up the question who will control the freedom to innovate online? From personal experience, I believe that everyone has their own freedom to innovate online which brings both negative and positive results; resulting in the notion that most information in the media cannot be fully trusted unless otherwise proven. Critical Consumption: My last thought that was given in the previous literacy also contends to critical consumption, the literacy of trying to figure out what and who is trustworthy or not online. Personally, I am very picky in terms of reading certain information online and figuring out whether is it legitimate or not. Figuring this out can be very time consuming and sometimes the legitimacy of the certain information is unknown even after research. How I work with this is to just learn to ignore certain things that are insignificant, related to myself, my interests, or a certain topic that I am searching for. ...read more.

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