April 24th-28th

This week we met in class to discuss 4 articles Dr Pearson assigned. The first one that caught my eye was Maha Bali’s, “Critical Digital Citizenship: Promoting Empathy and Social Justice Online,”Bali analyzes “digital citizenship” in today’s world and discusses how we can create, moderate, and contribute to our own digital footprint. Bali says, “The end goal of critical thinking is to challenge the status quo in order to achieve social justice, collectively raising consciousness of conditions promoting oppression in order to achieve liberation.”1I like this quote because it accurately describes the end goal of Bali’s article, that social justice and liberation are the benefits of critical digital thinking. I also agree with her assertions that digital mediacy creates empathy. This empathy is visible through the use of go fund me pages, positive hashtags, and community based support groups where people of all walks of life can come together. Shanley Kane’s “Internet Famous: Visibility as Violence in Social Media,”was a little bit disturbing in that it reflected a fear I have always had about the internet, that it can be used as a weapon. Kane talks about her experience in the limelight as being that off constant verbal and mental abuse brought on by anonymous internet users who disagree with her assertions. While the internet can be a platform for immense success, it also can be the leading resource for stalkers, violence, and fear. I have always made sure that my privacy settings and digital contributions are neutral as to prevent any negative digital consequences. Dannah Boyd’s “What if Social Media Becomes 16-plus?” looks at digital usage as an age-earned right that must be shielded from young children who may run into danger on the internet. There are many fears that children have access to more and more dangerous content on the web and that parents are oblivious to their children’s digital footprints. Boyd claims that the internet should be treated the same as alcohol or voting in that young children do not have to mental capacity to safely browse the internet before they are 16. The realities of prohibiting the internet, however, is unrealistic in today’s digital age and in classrooms who’s primary goal is to teach digital literacy.

  1. Maha Bali. “Critical Digital Citizenship: Promoting Empathy and Social Justice Online”