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Topic: What's In a Selfie?
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Richard Strausz

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Re: What's In a Selfie?
Posted: Mar 12, 2014 3:25 PM
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> *****************************
> From My Island View [Educational, Disconnected
> d Utterances], Tuesday,
> March 4, 2014. See
> elfie/
> *****************************
> What's In a Selfie?
> By Tom Whitby
> Well, if you watched the Academy Awards last week,
> you witnessed the
> global impact that social media has in the world.
> Ellen DeGeneres was
> able to take a picture of a group of actors that, in
> the first half
> hour of it being posted, was re-tweeted 700,000
> times, which
> temporarily knocked Twitter off the Internet. It has
> now become the
> number one tweet of all time. That is one example of
> the effect that
> social media is continuing to have in countries
> around the world. We
> should not lose sight of the fact that many, many
> people were
> following the Oscar show hashtag to share the
> experience of the
> program with others.
> Many actors are using social media to connect with
> fans. The same
> fans, which a generation ago resorted to fan mail to
> connect with
> their idols, now have an opportunity to connect in
> real life through
> social media. This is not an opportunity that is
> ignored by the
> entertainment industry. TV fans are now being
> continually bombarded
> with hashtags to follow shows. The news business is
> also asking
> people to follow and exchange information through
> hashtags. This is
> creating more interactive involvement with TV. Not
> since Gerald
> McBoing-Boing, an animated character, had us draw
> with crayons on a
> plastic sheet placed over a TV screen in the 50's,
> have we seen such
> interaction. We traced lines placed on the magic
> screen one at a
> time, until we had a bridge drawn for Gerald to cross
> and escape
> danger. It was way ahead of its time. It was however
> interactive and
> a definite attention-grabber.
> What does any of this have to do with education? The
> idea that social
> media gives us a platform to send out information and
> have people
> interact with it, or just digest it, would seem to be
> an idea that
> would be snapped up and embraced by educators. They
> are the very
> people who make a living trying to get folks to get
> information and
> interact with it, or just digest it. We shouldn't
> need a magical
> plastic screen to connect the lines in order to build
> a bridge for
> educators to reach this idea.

I finally got around to reading Jerry's post, and I realize that the 'selfie' concept is what draws me to the writings of people like Dan Meyer who post ideas for consumers like us to consume.

Even if you aren't a Meyer fan, you should have no trouble finding other posters to read, follow, and react to.


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