So I am almost finished revising my “Handbook of New Literacies Research” chapter on Cyberculture. The editors gave me some fantastic feedback that has made a lot of difference - basically they gave me license to: “be as radical as you like” “put more of your own opinions into it” “speculate about the future directions” and so on. One of the reasons the chapter was difficult for me in the first draft stages was because I thought it had to be more formal literature review kind of writing, which I always hate to do because it sounds stiff and stilted. I seem to be much better at writing when I can insert my own voice into it.
Anyway I am now taking them up on the radical bit *grin* and am going to talk about the global skin we wear, the wired body (cyborg), and so on. Being away from internet access on evenings and weekends has just about killed me! And I was thinking on the weekend past how much being ‘wired’ is integral to so much of my work and play now that it has become just the same as having an extra sense. I mentioned this a bit on Monday. Over the weekend (and I have this to look forward (!) to over the next few weekends as well…ugh!) I couldn’t enjoy myself properly, I couldn’t write properly, I couldn’t LIVE properly because I wasn’t wired. It made me think about young people who are wired all the time like me, and how WRETCHED it must be to be in classrooms and schools all day that are depriving them of this ‘extra sense’ by not being wired. I came across an article by Kevin Kelly and he said this:
In 2015 many people, when divorced from the Machine, won’t feel like themselves - as if they’d had a labotomy
I feel like that now!! Isn’t that a fab quote! Anyway, I am going to weave it into my chapter - maybe it isn’t a radical idea for us, but it likely will be for teachers.