Week 1: Film festival, objects about technology and digital cultures #edcmooc

At this week we saw some short films on Youtube, very interesting, about technology, utopias and dystopias:

Bendito Machine III

Technology, an answer to the search for answers. A character who relies on a higher being offered after certain tools that are alienating, pass over people, send messages, impose ways of living, representations of the human been and the world. Are worshiped, apparently have their own life. Until fail and / or are replaced, thrown in a pile of debris and the cycle happens again. Life seems to be focused on these…Dystopia: The technology alienates the man confides his worries to them, then it seems to take over. Technological autonomy appears here.


This story shows several ideas related to technology and communication it allows. If you’re shy, you can express yourself well with technology. You build relationships that otherwise, in attendance, could not be. Let see also internalized digital media and its forms: in box, in a box, we no longer refers to a box but the mailbox. It becomes clear that analogy. Postit allude to short messages, playfulness is present, also return objects or share, from intimacy. The crush of media. Utopia: facilitates communication, eliminates barriers that would in face.
Dare we build meaningful relationships mediated and unmediated by technology?
Technological animism … carry the bag with them and are communicating through it.


A mediated world increasingly controlled by digital media. The two characters meet through their phones, come to meet face to face. The entertainment is also mediated by technology, by means of a sophistication of contemplating nature. There is almost no interaction between them, or written language is mostly mediated by an interface. The automation leaves little space for failure, when one of these appears, something is wrong with the individual or with nature. And yes, they are individuals, gears of a great system. Natural death caught by surprise one of the characters, not the explanation. The animal flies again. The agency’s have systems and those who control them. Even nature, animals that survive outside the system. Dystopia: alienated man. Technological autonomy refers to the DT.

New Media

Mankind no longer inhabits the cities, the buildings, but lives in some devices to connect … to live, apparently, in another reality. What reflects the boy’s face? The alienation I think the common element with Bendito Machine III. The difference, the sophistication of society is represented another step … a living being absorbed in the ether … that looks more like I used to see humans. Without emotion? Dystopia again…

Lets continue enjoying this films, cultural objects that reflects dreams, realities, reflections…
PD. Thanks to @JanDeLaRosa for the session at http://www.synchtube.com

First week and first aproach: the challenge of recognize the own point of view #edcmooc

Already by end of week 1 of the MOOC, “E-learning and Digital Cultures”. Three aspects seem very important to me:

1. The dynamism and contributions from participants. Prior to the start of the MOOC, community participants vividly was involved in different spaces: Facebbok, Twitter, Diigo, Google+, Whish list, Google Docs with course map. People from around the world faced and share your interests, expectations, attempts to organize, synchronous dialogue proposals via Twitter chat, group organization to read, Quad blog (finally I published!). And this spaces continues alive… and fresh, and useful. Appealing to the collective intelligence to build, also brief advice from various angles in the synchronous session.

2. The proposal to reflect on Utopias (desirable for social welfare, dreams) and dystopias (undesirability, which would lead to discomfort) related to the uses and practices mediated by technological tools, digital media technologies. Probing the imagination of the participants, from videos, exercise analyzing situations and be aware of technological determinism (in multiple senses), which we usually refer without giving much consideration.

3. Technological determinism, lenses we use many times without realizing it when talking about education, learning and virtuality. In referring to the “technology” in general and as a thing, with some autonomy (one is understood, does things … makes us do things). I agree more with the non-neutrality: the artifact and digital media have characteristics and ideological implications in its design, operation and practices, in a socio cultural context. Loved Postman’s contribution to speak of them as metaphors for conceptualizing reality, to shape information, to frame, highlight… Also, like Jensen named as affordances, certain practices facilitate and constrain others. Key questions: What practices are developed in what social context? What uses of technology, for what purpose, who develops, what gives power? This reading of Chandler gives elements for a critical look at our language and how to position ourselves to the phenomena of learning, education, virtual, network and digital media.

Network, flow space...A. Tanaka
Network, flow space…
A. Tanaka
Tomada del blog: Educación y Virtualidad.

And it is an open question, to complete: what utopias and dystopias is possible to identify when we talk about e-learning? I only point this:

  • Utopia: The network and the cyberspace allow us all to learn throughout life (and will conduct us to its benefits). This way of present the utopia has itself a deterministic component (the technological imperative and a trend to progress).
  • Dystopia: “The society of ignorance”, the internet and its practices difficult or impact negatively at learning (non neutral and fatalistic point of view). Can we analyze this utopias and dystopias and find aspects of true or data about practices and phenomena that we can observe?

What else can we add to the list? How to build a look that escape or be critical to detect variants of technological determinism in speeches, methodologies and practices (in counseling, working with teachers in a process of and about e-learning, in my own learning in the network)?

I´ll see you on the forum spaces!
(I hope my English will improve in every post!)