Digital Literacies: The Unconscious

My Digital Literacy Profile

With the new digital age, we are approaching a post-industrial age, a post-Capitalism age some would even argue. Digital skills have been more valuable than ever to compete in the market sector, even if your jobs don’t specifically ask for high digital skills, but the more the merrier.

The problem with the digital world that it has become an integral part of our lives and social development, which is in this context, perfectly okay. The problem is that digital literacies doesn’t for example address the disparities between the developing and developed nations in how digital literacy is conducted. Digital literacy does not also address how most corporations are involved in some sketchy privacy issues. Therefore, isn’t things like digital literacy, affecting us negatively by allowing us to slide into a new form of totalitarianism, one that isn’t dogmatic, but very pragmatic and you are met to it with a smile on it’s face? A new form of totalitarianism, that is based on endless consumption and dependent on technology that is held in the hands of the 1%? And even if you try to switch to other mainstream alternatives, you find out that these alternatives are owned by the same corporations you tend to avoid?

Not to mention, what gives the authority of corporations to censor certain information they deem “insensitive”, or what gives the authority of corporations to choose which information appears to you on the first thing you search? Shouldn’t advocates of digital literacy talk on how technology has advanced more than our own morals could catch up with? This isn’t necessarily speaking against digital literacy or digital literalists. But a reminder that the word progress is subjective and that we should critique the new forms of literacy and technology that is biased and has sketchy privacy issues.

My Digital Profile

Now I am not the adept in digital skills, I’m more old fashioned and I still prefer paperback than an e-book. I need to work on being more creative generally on my topic. But the pathway I would like to choose is definitely the theory pathway, which is up my alley. I would want to learn more on the dilemma of the advancement of technology that is more rapid than our morals and other such matters.

2 thoughts on “Digital Literacies: The Unconscious”

  1. hi Youssef – thanks for this. You’re not engaging directly with the article. Your points are well-taken, and I know you don’t know this, but I have written a lot around disparities in digital access and knowledge and impact for people from marginalized groups and emerging economies… I just won’t list it all over here, because that’s not the point 🙂 I would have liked to see the outcome of your digital confidence profile and more engagement with the article.

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    1. I think I was engaging with the article but from a different aspect that maybe I should have pointed out. So for example when you explain the Arab spring and the use of Twitter and Social media, I explained that this is fine, but we are sliding into an unconscious state of authoritarianism that is new to us and is very unfamiliar and I thought we should definitely discuss that. I also added my digital literacy profile screenshot with the article so I dont know why I had points deducted for that

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