I’ve noticed a lot of connections between last week’s topic, blogging, and this week’s topic, digital storytelling. Both seem to champion the value in giving students (or just people in general) an outlet for their voice, but also a legitimate and relevant format to share their ideas in.
I’m not a 100% proponent of digitization; I believe that there some things that technology can do that older technologies can’t, but there are also some things that should be left as they are. With that said, blogging and digital storytelling offer students/people a public way to share their voice with the world and I think that is the most inspiring thing I’ve learned about both of these technologies. The power to publish is no longer held by an elite few. It is instead in the hands of the students and the people who have valuable things to say and share with the world. I think this democratization is present in social media as well. Social media is often seen as frivolous, and it can be, but it can also be a way for a person to find the things they like and create a space for just those things that may attract others with similar interests.
A bulletin board in a local coffee shop may do something similar, by giving people a place to advertise what they’re doing and attract other interested people, but at a much slower pace.