Michael Wesch: Knowledgeable to Knowledge-able

Listening to Wesch’s perspective on the influence of technology and its impact on the world made me think of things differently. As the importance of technology continues to grow its important that we use it to benefit us and the growth of cultures around the world.

In his presentation, Wesch states that media are not just tools or means of communication but media mediates relationships. Its important to keep that in mind during this course as we establish our presence and create our space online  because everything we do online will have some sort of impact. It could be positive meaning that the information posted will be beneficial to someone else or it could be harmful and do more damage that good for others. In either situation media is used as a way to connect people and establish relationships.

On the topic of education, he presents the idea of moving from being knowledgeable which is knowing and memorizing information to being knowledge-able which is the students’ ability to sort and analyze new information. He says that with the use of technology and online sources becoming more prevalent in  education, it is important for students to be able to think critically about what they’re learning online. Students also need to be “information literate” when learning and know what is credible, factual information and what is just there for entertainment and has no educational value.

The topics discussed by Wesch are relevant to me as a student because the internet plays a big role in my education. This course, for example, is entirely online so that means I have to make sure I’m always analyzing the sources I use and the information I post. It’s very easy to get caught up in using information that may not be entirely true and that’s because it takes less work to post the first piece of relevant material rather than searching for the best piece to fit the requirements of the assignment which is the most educationally beneficial.

What we have here is a failure to communicate

While trying to think of movie scenes  that would work for the visual assignment Say It Like The Peanut Butter, I knew I wanted something that had action but was also meaningful. I decided to explore movies that were made over thirty years ago because it would allow me to use a scene that not many of my peers are familiar with. The movie I chose to use was Cool Hand Luke (1967) which I saw for the first time three years ago when I was really interested in older movies.

Luke(Paul Newman) is a very stubborn prisoner who is always saying and doing things to get himself in trouble. In this scene, Luke is being chained at the ankles after getting in trouble and the warden tells Luke that putting him in the chains is for his own good. Luke replies with a sarcastic comment which results in him getting hit by the warden who then says to the other prisoners, “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate”.

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The Process

After deciding what movie scene I wanted to use I had to learn how to make a GIF. I read a couple different tutorials on how to make one. I started with the post in the ds106 Handbook and from that I learned I had to download the video onto my desktop. Still following the procedure in the post in the ds106 Handbook, I tried to use MPEG Streamclip but this is where I ran into trouble. I couldn’t figure out how to use it once I downloaded it onto my computer.ds106

To make the actual GIF I used MakeAGIF.com which required me to upload the video clip I downloaded from Youtube and choose how long I wanted the GIF to be. Capture After the GIF was made I saved it and transferred it over to ezgif.com to crop out the empty black space around the GIF.

It wasn’t too hard of a process once I figured out a way to do it that made sense to me.