A Primer on Media, Identity, and the Evolution of Technology
The text explores digital literacy through three lenses:
• Historical: reviews snapshots of time and space to delineate how things were in order to lend context to how they are;
• Cultural: explores how values and ideals are constructed and conveyed within a given cultural context – how humans absorb and share the informal rules and norms that make up a society;
• Critical: illuminates how social changes – particularly rapid ones – can put certain people at a disadvantage.
All three angles are helpful for better understanding the myriad ways in which our identities and relationships are being altered by technology, and what it means to be a citizen in a society that has become individualized and is in constant flux.
Written in a conversational and approachable style, the text is easy to navigate, with short chapters, short paragraphs, and bullet points. Comics and images illustrate complex topics and add visual interest.
The text is ideal for media literacy, digital information literacy, and technology courses that seek to integrate human impact into the mix. It is also a good starting point for anyone wanting to know more about the impact of communication technologies on our lives.
6 Digital Identity: Options, Opportunities, Oppressions, Impressions
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Options, Opportunities, Oppressions, Impressions
Figure 6.1. What’s your social media pose? The ubiquitous selfie and prevalence of people documenting every moment via smartphones has led to a world of digital device users who bring out their social media face and body posture as soon as the smartphone comes out. These Instagram user photos were taken months apart. © 2014, Angel Huracha. Used by permission. All rights reserved. ← 63 | 64 →
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