Being Better

Matteo Zachetti makes a very good point. It is important for us to become more “media literate” because the opportunities and needs to communicate through media have grown. I agree with this. In the past, we had limited ways to consume information. But now, the ways in which we can access information has grown tremendously. We are almost constantly being “attacked” in a way, with information-its a daily process that we don’t even realize. Thus, becoming more aware of our information consumption process (meta-literacy) and becoming a better consumer of knowledge, will greatly benefit us as students. For example, in class we learned many ways to evaluate the authenticity of a source. This is very helpful because there is a lot of bad information out there that we must be aware of. On the flip side, we must take it upon ourselves to become better media producers. This includes unintentionally and intentionally putting information out there that we know is “unhealthy.” For example, in class we learned about copyright law. Its very important as producers that we give credit where credit is due-in the form of a bibliography. We must know that we are part of the problem, if we are not part of the solution, when producing information.




Meta-cognition and Information Literacy

I believe it is very important to think about thinking. Understanding one’s thought process can help them try different routes to learning a concept when they are stuck on that concept and don’t seem to be “getting” it. For example, in math, when learning about functions, there are a few different ways to think about the concept. You can think about it visually(with a graph) or analytically or as a block box etc. There are often many different representations to the same concept and one must be aware of which concept they access when thinking about that subject. This is the case in information literacy. We are learning in class that there are many ways of obtaining information. In class, we learned about database searching which to me is one of the coolest ways of looking for information. In the past, I would mainly use google (as I’m sure most people do) to find information. But this is not always the best approach. After being shown a new way of thinking about finding information, I am better able to find what I want to know. Unfortunately in society these days, thinking is not as valuable as one might think. We do not pay our philosophers hundreds of thousands of dollars (although the paycheck of an occupation is only one measure of its worth, I think this puts things in perspective.) In the past, philosophers were revered by many. Often they had their own schools and followings. They were employed by the most powerful people people of their time. It is important for us as a society to realize that in order to grow as a society, we need to put more emphasis on thinking and thinking about our own thinking.


Changing ways…

How have social and technological changes influenced the various domains and roles of students?  Are there more or fewer roles and domains today, or has there been no change?  Do you feel that students are better off today than they were 50 years ago?  Why or why not?  

Social and technological changes have created huge differences between students today and students of the past. Students today can access information instantly almost anywhere in the world. They are able to know what is happening (current events that are important, and many that aren’t) at any place in the world through today’s technologies. In the past, this was very difficult if not impossible in some places. Information was at the local library. Current events were known only by word of mouth and by news print (many articles and information could have been biased.) For example, today, any biases are very hard to slip by the public because there are many opinions about the same subject that can be accessed instantly. Students are no longer as narrow minded as they once were because the internet has opened us all to new ideas. Just by being exposed to so many different people, videos, documentaries, informational websites etc; we are exposed to differing ideas on a daily basis. Now, does this mean we are better off? Certainly we have to have a standard of comparison. We are definitely making more progress-what ever that is defined to be-as humans. But there are many bad things that can come about from being too connected as well. For example, people are an easier target of mass ridicule for their beliefs, but can also find a mass of support at the same time. Our interconnections can be as harmful as they are helpful. In terms of socially changing, I don’t believe that the internet has been a good thing to the external social world. Students no longer have to argue or support their arguments in person in real time and if things an interaction gets too difficult then it is easy to leave a webpage or talk. In order to grow academically and personally, backing up your ideas is a very important skill. This is just one example of a negative impact of the internet. We as students must use the internet with a more serious and responsibility oriented nature. A cliche can sum it up best: with great power, comes great responsibility.

From Info Lit 205

Currently in Info Lit and we did not do well on our RAT and IFAT. The hilarious names aside, this class is a lot of fun! If youre into information literacy that is.

What meta literacy means to me.

Being literate at something, means having a standard of comprehension towards that subject. Meta literacy means, to me, thinking about the standards of comprehension of a subject. In regards to information literacy, it means thinking about the standard of comprehension of obtaining and processing information. If I become more aware of how I am obtaining and processing information, and if I understand to what standard of comprehension I must adhere, it will save me time and energy in the future. I am not sure what I hope to get out of this course. I hope that I will learn something that will be of use to me in the future.


“To err is huma…

“To err is human, to forgive, divine.”