Technobiophilia contains 2 very important aspects of our life today. First of which is our technology. The technology we have created has transformed our world into an information centered giant. The other concept is biophilia which is defined by biologist E.O. Wilson as “the innate attraction to life and lifelike processes”. In turn, by combining the 2 concepts creates a new term called Technobiophilia; which is “the innate attraction to life and lifelike processes through technology”. 

     Many individuals who have created our technological world derive their inventions/ideas from nature. Sue Thomas describes the internet as containing metaphors of nature. This comes from her talk on one of her works “Why Do Geeks Go Camping? FOO And Other Brushes With Nature”. In her talk, she describes geeks use nature as a way to integrate the world of technology with the love of nature. These metaphors included putting information in a “cloud”, going on a Twitter “stream”, or “surfing” the web. It doesn’t matter what we do in life, we will have to connect it to the world we live in. We are consciously and subconsciously tied to the beauty of earth.

      Looking back at digital storytelling, people bring in elements of nature create a world of their own. This could be 3 simple pictures of nature in different seasons and relating them to the changing of our moods. Thus, you integrate nature with the life experiences of yourself or others. This is also used to help “stream” the story through the information “cloud” that is the news. Media and news literacy is full of individuals who “stream” their stories everyday. 

     Personally, I have posted my life events about nature through the “streaming” of technology. What we do on the internet directly involves nature. Human nature is a powerful thing. Many do not realize this, but each of us talk about human nature at all times. Whether it be about stories that have occurred or about what people have done in the past.



Digital Storytelling and Metaliteracy

     Storytelling is an vast world full of mystery, hope, peril, etc. It comes in many forms and has been around since the dawn of time. In history, cavemen would write on the walls of caves to tell the stories of their hunts. Later on in the ages you see the Egyptians writing and engraving stories of the gods into stone slates. Today, we have transformed storytelling into our own form of expression. The technological advancement has given rise to the digital age; thus, digital storytelling has become part of the lives of many people today. 

     Bryan Alexander defines a story as “a sequence of content, anchored on a problem, which engages the audience with emotion and meaning. Stories are told on a daily basis. The topic of Media and News Literacy is a big contributor to this idea. The news industry centers around a problem in the hopes of creating enough emotion to incite a response from its audience. Also, social media plays a large role in this. Sending tweets on Twitter or posts on Facebook are forms of personal stories. The stories told are available for a multitude of people to access at any time. I send tweets and posts out on a daily basis. It allows me to tell others a small portion of my life story.

     Video gaming has given rise to a new form of storytelling. Each game has its own back story leading up to or that continues through out the game. You play as a character through its rise, climax, and fall. Stories are ever changing in the world we live in today. Many games have gotten their stories from movies. Also, these movies are based on some previous books as well. The images in the games and movies constitutes as the story as well as the actual plot. Images create a world of its own and if you place these images together they become a story all on its own. I enjoy playing video games greatly. The stories behind the games and the new visuals create a new world you can get lost in.

     The first picture we had seen for this class was full of mystery. As an assignment we had to formulate how it was made. In this aspect we were making up our own stories about this picture. Yes, there was an underlying answer to this but each person has a mind of their own and have made up a story of their own. 



Democratization of Social Media

The democratization of social media creates a larger base for interaction and participation than ever before. This can be taken as a positive, as well as negative, notion. The freedoms given to us can help us deliver information, not just across the nation, but across the entire world. However, the information sent cannot always be correct.

Democratization of social media helps experts in the reporting of major news. When Super-storm Sandy hit NYC, the news casters used the first hand photos and reports of those affected by it. This created an instant feed back to those who’s families were in the city. This instant publication comes as a much quicker form of media than that of news anchors. That is to say that the news broadcasters must obtain the information then wait to get the okay to publish the same, and in some cases “late”, details. These instant feeds from Sandy had been primarily seen through the social media giant, Twitter. Twitter gives people a way of spreading a message and collaborating on a massive scale. “Twestival” was the name of an online charity site that had raised just over a quarter of a million dollars by the collaborative efforts of the community that is Twitter (Rheingold, 2009). Thus, spreading the word to people about the clean water crisis around the world. Twitter is among other social media giants such as Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, and many more. Personally, the information I receive in everyday life comes primarily from social media sites. I play rugby, the only way the entire team can collaborate with one another on a mass level is to post on Facebook. Also, if we want to learn different techniques for the drills we learned we are able to share videos to these sites as well. Through social media posts, such as videos on youtube, we have learned how to create the website we have been wanting to create in my Information Literacy. Stemming from this, our professor posts information we need on the website Blackboard Learning. This is a tool used often to access information on how to create websites or how to write this blog.

Although there are many pros to the world of social media and the news, there can be cons as well. These drawbacks include “false truths”. There is little regulation as to what is put on the internet; thus, anyone can post anything they want on it. Many of these posts talk about the same topic but have to different ideas about the topic at hand. In “Scientific Meta-Literacy” by John Nielsen-Gammon, John rants about how people post false statements such as “The summer is so hot because during the summer, the earth is closer to the sun.” His view of the incompetence of people in posting information without real scientific backing is through the roof. Media websites such as wiki links are filled with false knowledge. This is because anyone can log in and edit the text. There is no regulation on the content of the posts being posted online. I have done research on many topics through out my schooling and have had to do extensive research because there are many websites that give false hopes on the topics at hand. You cannot believe everything you read online.