1.1 New models of information production
In the book extract ‘New models of information production’, Martin De Saulles looks to explore new models of information production, along with the high number of technologies developed for the handling of the vast amount of data produced.
‘What are some of the of the defining characteristics of the internet that have stimulated creation?’ ‘What challenges face educators?’
The internet is a very social medium which has become increasingly accessible to a large number of the worlds population. New forms of information production encourage participation and collaboration, stimulating further growth of the required supporting technologies.
De Saulles describes some of the new models of information production as evolutionary, indicating that they are part of the growth of the internet in society. As the internet and the networked devices become seen as essential tools of socialisation, communication and information sourcing, models of information production evolve to suit the demands of populations, either in the home or work. Blogging, social media and the various forms of podcasting are just some that have changed over the years, sprouting new technologies to enable greater accessibility, reliability and commercial viability. Occasionally a revolution in information production occurs and new forms of information production leaps onto the internet for anyone that can access it.
I see the core defining characteristics of the internet, that has allowed the evolution and a revolution of new models of information production, are related to the social nature of humans; the desire to communicate and be informed of what is happening around them. The growing accessibility of the internet has enabled millions to participate in this socialisation which encourages collaboration, without which many information production model would collapse.
For educators the challenges faced are enormous. Any change within an education system is generally deliberate and slow, enabling stakeholders in the system to adapt and grow with the change. Information production models and the associate technologies are however changing rapidly, with youth eagerly enabling , as well as feeding, the change. This clash between the pace of change and implementation, along with associated clash between slow to adapt educators and the technology hungry youth, will inevitably cause conflict within the education system. The purposes of any education system has not fundamentally changed over the years but the desired outcome needs of the youth leaving the system has.
Students are sandwiched between the educators, parents, business and taxpayers, each seeing different required outcomes from years of schooling. The students however are grasping at the technologies developing around them and seeing the future in a vastly different light to many of the older generation. The challenge for educators is to continue to engage students in this information rich world whilst balancing the demands of society with a funding model established in a political sphere.