Look over this material carefully as it is central to the discussions for the rest of the semester. There are two key concepts in this set of panels:
- The increasingly arbitrary and artificial distinction between “physical” reality [real world] and “digital” reality [artificial world]. Especially when looked at from a cross-cultural perspective, the distinction becomes more limited to the American world view and value system and much less a concrete, universal distinction. This is the central theme in panels 2-4 [blurring of realities].
- The not very subtle economic [i.e., for profit] engine that drives most of social media. In most cases people seem blissfully unaware of the market forces that shape their behavior, especially as it relates to “free” social APPs. Panels 5-7 [economics of digital realities] focus on this issue.
- The last set of panels (8-9) [near future] move this into the next 10 years or so. This is pulled from a number of sources including Singularity.com and Frank Diana’s blog. As with earlier material, note the very short timeline for major changes and the social implications. From your own POV, think of how these will impact you in the next 5-10 years—this all links back to the Learning material I sent out yesterday. The skill sets needed to successfully navigate the next 10-20 years are clear, but the number of job seekers with them is very small. The near future can be seen as a potential disaster or a potential opportunity.