#CritLit2010 reflections – second week


With regards to this week ´s subject “Patterns of change” , change is part of our life. There is not permanence with change. The only thing that is constant with “change ” is that it is inevitably.

Big changes, sometimes begins with the change of one person.

There are changes as a result of a period of the history that involves a new paradigm.

Social technologies had changed our life. As we can experience in the  Critical Literacies Course 2010, most of our conversation are expanded through the social media: Moodle, Twitter, Facebook, etc… And this was impossible to happen a few years ago, even in a learning environment. Most of our connections and interactions are discontinous; are suspended “in the air” (Scott Lash, 2001).

Even though sometimes we feel overwhelmed, we can´t live appart from social nets. So the meaning of the word “change” for us can have an exponential impact. This is conditon of innovation. Howard Rheingold, a leading thinker and writer on the social implications of the technology, in his book “Smart Mobs” stresses that “innovation” emerging with technologies was given by the lack of control. With social networks of the wireless world, the people find new ways of using the network. The suppression of cables and lines makes each neighborhood at a time are interconnected, forming a free cloud.

Lawrence Lessig, academic and political activist,  in his book “Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace”, refers to a real revolution. He argues that the Internet architecture is an important control mechanism of the state regulatory power by the code closed. Open source serves as a kind of law and freedom of information which requires that the drafting of laws having an audience, with transparency. Lessig, in his book “Free Culture”, presents a new paradigm that is necessary for cultural anD science development from the Internet. He proposes a flexible model of Copyright, which is currentlyis restrictive and reduces creativity. The author, based his approach on the movement of Free software Richard Stallman.

Yochai Benkler,  author of   “The political economy of the commons”  refers to the importance of the uses of the “open commons”.

Nowadays matters impacts to the overall worldwide. And, in fact, in the long terms, that impacts  on individual life. With regards to this, global problems matters anyone and requires a new global  consciousness.  Than involves us to act from the particular and the global level.

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