Transliteracy Unconference – A Personal Reflection

Howard Rheingold kicked things off for us and then we just had to decide what we wanted to spend the rest of the day talking about. The day was divided into three sessions and each session had four groups. We could flit between groups and attend the various discussions but I found myself staying with each group for the duration of the session. That way, as

Dave noted, we could really develop our ideas.


The final session of the day was where the whole group could gather and share ideas and discuss what had emerged in the smaller groups.
Good thing that I only needed to do the live note-taking for the final, full group discussion as my brain was befuddled, baffled, and uncertain (nothing new I’m sure). Some of the issues raised in the final session included Ruth‘s caveat that we be sure of how transliteracy is different or whether, I think, it might just remain a more vague concept which enables people from other disciplines to discuss the crossing of boundaries. Also Dave reminded us that

“there’s a window through which we look at tech cultural, concerned window is staying the same size thus we’re looking at it more abstractly, if the window were to widen and if we could understand the language behind the structure which informs the practises we can transform the lit. – to gain power over the computing, danger of losing that knowledge and leaving it to other people.”

Meg Pickard gave us a good idea of transliteracy in practise when she told us about a tour of Alcatraz she had experienced. It was an audio tour so she had on some headphones but on the recording were sounds of innmates, chains etc…so that Meg said it felt more like a visual and spatial experience rather than just aural. When I looked up Alcatraz now, I found that they’re going to start podcasting: Radio Free Alcatraz.
For my roughly-taken and typo-riddled notes have a look at the
unconference wiki page.

xposted from my blog.

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