> ***************************** > From My Island View [Educational, Disconnected > d Utterances], Tuesday, > March 4, 2014. See > http://tomwhitby.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/whats-in-a-s > 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.