Dr. Wesch's post about why he uses participatory social media with urgency has one part that really sticks with me:
Ultimately, participatory media literacy is as much about a literacy of *participation* as it is a literacy of media. For, as Howard says, “a participatory culture in which most of the population see themselves as creators as well as consumers of culture is far more likely to generate freedom and wealth for more people than one in which a small portion of the population produces culture that the majority passively consume.”Those who are part of the movement now and use it well, will help pave the way for a different world in which media moves. The top down and locked media that is created and distributed by a few may not be our future as much as it was our past.
Add to this the eye opening idea that the media can be used for more than the advertisement of their weekend cavorting. Students really do not know a) what different media are out there and b) how to really leverage their power.
Tags: Dr. Wesch, wikispaces