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Blog Six – Framing

May 2, 2013

What I found was highlighted in the lecture was the aspect of framing especially in education and political contexts and the involvement of online media within these two topics. In terms of education, I found it interesting how the lecture stated that it “instils frames by which we live our lives” however,  that the online platform is ultimately going to negatively impact traditional education by distracting students from the foundational learning environment that students received before  the internet. On the other hand, I would argue that in fact the online platform has simply widened the traditional learning environment by exposing students to a more global and efficient way of organising and interpreting information. This advancement in education is proven by the fact that children are becoming technologically savvy at younger ages even toddlers are able to work an iPad as fast as adults which will help them in the long run when they start school and work. In reference to the frames which education instils within us, the online platform forces students to engage with emerging technologies and softwares which will undoubtedly instil a sense of IT confidence as they enter the workforce which requires or prefers an employee with strong computer skills. Paul Mason’s online article is a direct reaction to the idea of the internet catalysing the social change in young students as he indirectly attacks the technology generation blaming them for global issues and naming them “the graduate with no future”. But he definitely makes a point. Maybe the online platform is creating the newest version of society, but is this really a bad thing? Perhaps its better the world has these young, passionate, tech-savvy graduates to call out political decisions, even if it is through twitter. As mentioned in the lecture, the most liberal political conversation groups are the think tanks and groups on social media sites  which are the closest thing we have to achieving Catherine Style’s “transparent” view of the government which she spoke about in her online article. Politicians are controlled by PR.

One example of political involvement in social media is the “White House 2.0” project. Here is a YouTube video that talks about it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qplAFVy_Hqk

Word = ‘transversally’

By Tara Kohan

References:

[online] Mason, Paul (2011) ‘Twenty reasons why it’s kicking off everywhere’, Idle Scrawls BBC, <http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/newsnight/paulmason/2011/02/twenty_reasons_why_its_kicking.html >

[online] Styles, Catherine (2009) “A Government 2.0 idea – first, make all the functions visible’, < http://catherinestyles.com/2009/06/28/a-government-2-0-idea/ >

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