The days of the static, semantic, classroom are over. Now, with the rise of real-time video, teaching and learning becomes dynamic, semaphoric, changeable and semiotically recordable for the eternity of history.
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Here’s a recent report that argues “The Google Generation” — kids born after 1993 — have no idea of a life without the Internet, and while that gives them great access to information, that doesn’t mean they are literate beyond logging onto their computers.
Professor Tara Brabazon makes a fantastic argument that students
today have no way to discern truth from validity because they have no
training when it comes to judging multiple truths. On
the Internet, and in scholarly searches, all returns are provided back
to the searcher in a “flat mode” where every return appears as valid as
In a delightful turn of events, Yale University decided to make large bits of its library holdings available as e-books and e-journals so students may more easily search for relevancy based on the actual text of books and journals instead of only by their abstracts or a publisher’s promotional blurp.
We all know and love the beloved and familiar chestnut Real Men always round down. We also know a Real Man never asks for directions while women don’t mind asking and when a man and a woman are lost together and the woman asks a stranger for directions against the better will of The Real Man, that Real Man can never live down the tender loss of his manhood.