I thought that the game lab was a very cool experience. I don’t think I would have tried a majority of those games if I had not gotten to try them out during our time in the library. One of the things that I thought was the coolest to see for myself was the virtual reality headset. These games got me thinking about the culture of video games and this kind of technology, and what it can do to shape the future of the world. I feel that there is a lot of potential for other things besides just video games with the virtual reality headset. I can see how people can become fixated on it, because it really does make you feel like you are in a completely different world, since the visuals of the game you are playing are all around you. I feel like this could make people who don’t quite fit into the cultural norm of society want to create their own personal virtual reality, to escape from the world that they believe they do not fit into. On the other hand, with games such as the old first-person shooter game, it could be influencing the younger generation that violence is fun and acceptable in society. I feel like this could be an emerging cultural problem, even though we have not seen any direct correlation quite yet in the studies I have seen. There could be advances in gameplay that shifts that mindset of large amounts to violence, to large amounts of problem solving, such as in a mystery kind of game, or other useful skills that kids and young adults can apply to everyday life. So overall, this game lab really got me thinking about a lot of different applications of these games, and where new technology can help make these applications into culture even more prominent than they are now.
Up to now, I would say that many things contribute to digital literacy. The most important thing would be how well a writer of a public internet domain is able to convey their information on their platform. Different social media and internet news platforms have different methods of displaying and conveying information. There is not only the literacy of the people writing the content on the internet, but there is also a degree of internet literacy needed by the people reading the internet’s information. If people don’t know how to receive all of the information that is being given on the internet, then the public wouldn’t be as informed as they could be or should be. Knowing how to navigate sources and platforms is also a major component of digital literacy.
The switch from high school to college writing is a big adjustment. In high school, you are still getting the basics of writing, but towards the end of high school, you are expected to be a new “real writer” since you have just finished getting all of the tools you need to become a successful writer. When you get to college, you are expected to be able to apply all of the skills that you learned in high school to your college writing, and if you don’t have those skills mastered, your writing when you get into college can suffer. That is one challenge that college writing can bring. Another challenge that I have already faced, has been breaking away from the standard 5 paragraph essay format. I did not think that it would be as hard as it actually is to get that structure out of my mind.
When I first looked at the title of this piece, I was not quite sure how it would relate to writing. But after reading through the piece, I thought that the title was very clever. I do agree with Hjortshoj’s point about the structure of academic papers. While the 5 paragraph essay structure can be helpful and do it’s job in some circumstances, in a lot of other instances, it is almost limiting to the writer. The idea of a general structure for every kind of essay is a very natural idea that most people would want to have to try to make writing so many kinds of papers easier, but unfortunately a universal template just doesn’t exist, and this is what Hjorshoj was saying while writing this piece. I agree with this idea.
Before I came to college, I always thought that literacy was the ability read and write, and the ability to comprehend the language that you were reading or writing. But after the first writing class that we had, the word literacy was given a whole new definition to me. We read “Everything’s A Text” by Dan Melter and Deborah Cowell-Teague, and they explained how literacy works. After reading that text, I would say that my new definition of literacy would be the ability to convey information in a persuasive and effective way to many different types of audiences. If one is able to do this, the audience that was given your information will end up taking in the information you gave them, and truly believe it.
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