JAvE oining irtual arth Digital Literacy and its Effects on the Creation of a Global Community Jon Lee, Aly Laing, Vivian Yan, Eric Lam
digital tools To what extent does the use of promote community multicultural a sense of within our ? Global Society
What is… Global Community ? Interaction and communication between people around the globe , breaking down cultural barriers, a global conversation
Technology & Multiculturalism • links diverse cultures by reducing separation • bridge “multi- and intercultural gaps” • “interact with participants from other cultures, collaborate • “made world a smaller place to live” • “connecting those who do not share the same “skin colour, language, religion, government, or culture”
Information & Communication Technology • proliferation of ICTs (e.g. television, media, Internet) • ICTs unify and standardise culture • media culture in general and ICTs carry a number of Western values • emergence of digitalized culture • - face-to-face vs digital communication (the Internet) • Equality of Access: • English is the language of the Internet • level of education
“Culture permeated by ICTs create a setting where traditional modes of socialization are altered” • “ability to read text to capacities to operate and understand the meanings delivered by a variety of equipment (CD – and other music players, the computer, the mobile phone, the video), something that often precedes the acquisition of traditional literacy”
What Effects Does the Internet Have on Global Multiculturalism?
Positive • frees people to interact worldwide • allows for “cross-cultural communication” • creates a global conversation
Negative • weak connections (no trust) • concealed identities • impose views on other cultures • Western cultural “hegemony”
Social network sites Positive • “widely popular,“ “participants are experiencing unique opportunities” • “cultural competence in a comfortable and safe environment” • maintenance of existing ties and formation of new • “geographical communities supported by online networks have positive effects on community interaction” • “shared interests” vs “shared geography” Negative • unknown whether members use SNSs to maintain existing ties or to form new ones • lack of privacy controls
Social Networking in Plain English http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6a_KF7TYKVc
Limitations ...of our study • extended time frame for researching and sharing our thoughts/ideas • difficulty with integration of topics • research via multiple methodologies (interviews in particular) • Further Question of Study • Before the use of digital tools, were societies unaware of different cultures? Did this promote discrimination?
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