Gardner Campbell, “A Personal Cyberinfrastructure”
What is Progress? Gardner’s ideas
“. . .But that wasn’t progress. . .It was a mere ‘digital facelift.’ . .
Digital Face Lifts
According to Gardner, digital face lifts helped faculty to use online platforms without actually teaching students how to do it for themselves. The author argues that in order to achieve progress within digital citizenship, students need to have their own domains and learn how to use them for themselves. This makes complete sense, as “doing things for yourself” represents the highest rentiontion of knowledge learned, at 90%.
Different from Wordpress
The author reflects on the importance of using all different internet tools and platforms that go beyond a simple WordPress blog: simple scripts and wikis.
Whether we accept it or not, digital literacy is a requirement of this new world we live in. Having the tools to interact online can make the difference between working a minimum wage job or starting your own company. If students have the knowledge and skills to organize and promote themselves in the digital world, the opportunities for employment abound.
Gardner Campbell, “A Personal Cyberinfrastructure Revisited”
Gardner’s progress revisited…
“I understand. . .for you, this is about a network. . .as an artifact.” Gardner says it is important to be able to process and express information in a digital format. But what about those of us who don’t express ourselves in artistic or graphic format? I can express myself in music, powerpoint presentations, or essays, but I can’t draw or design anything in the traditional artistic sense to save my life.
The computer as music?
“The computer is an instrument whose music is its ideas.” I disagree. The computer is not a kind of artistry, to me. Cyberstructure seems more like a huge web of many different preexisting sites and words weaved together.
Although I think it is critical to learn about digital citizenship, it is a stretch to surmise that everyone will be able (or want to) express themselves artistically in the digital realm. Artists use all sorts of different media: words, music, stone, paint, ceramic, food. . .the list goes on and on. Some people may feel quite at home expressing their art in terms of a cyberstructure, but for others…it’s a reach.
Servers and domains
They are different. Servers lead directly to the internet. Gardner is interested in servers for interacting directly with the internet without having to use a middle ground.
“A distributed publishing system operated by its users”
Gardner says this is the ultimate goal of the internet. This gives me some pause, because this is exactly what I’m looking for in terms of music publishing. By having a “domain of one’s own,” we can publish our own ideas and materials, and be in charge of it ourselves.
The web was meant as a “garden of knowledge,” but knowledge (or the pursuit of it) is sometimes lost as things flow through streams of social media…
Audrey Watters: The Web We Need to Give Students
This article, to me, was the most convincing article out of the four and actually got me excited about the idea of keeping my own portfolios in one place. One issue with web presence that I’ve had in the past (and I know I’m not alone in this) is having to partition off all of the parts of myself on a website. For instance, I have the singer/songwriter side, the classical musician/composer side, the piano teacher side, the intellectual paper writer side, the music teacher…the list goes on. I am definitely interested in having a domain of my own where I can park all of these varied portfolios…now if I could just organize it all…