Badke, Chapter I

What a good way for the author, Badke to tell us about how subjective certain things are on the Internet by welcoming us to the “Information fog.” 

Would it be short-sighted to say that there is a myriad of information at our beck and call yet we need to understand the power and depth of the struggles of a literate society? The preponderance of knowledge was taken by storm with the invention of “moveable type pressed” copies of the Bible when Gutenberg revolutionized the reproduction of the written word with multiple copies and took home the title of the man made success story of the millennium, according to A & E TV in 1999. It still took centuries to transform society from memorization and mostly oral communication to the written word.  It seems with different generations written speak morphs from slang in email and text shorts that are coded for the savvy social networkers. The book is about informational research that identifies problems, acquires information, and uses information to address the problem and learning how to do research.

We are told that authors bring not only information to us but bring it colored with subjectivity, enhancing the information with human’s natural tendency to have biases.  These can be whole groups of people believing in a complete and utter lie. This is grounds for the emergence of the “gatekeepers” the ones who sanction information in one form or another.  Is it necessary? Some say that it should be left to pure freedom of speech, unabashed, and even unedited to let the opinions fly in the face of unrealistic, unqualified, widely acceptable nonsense.  This approach speaks to utter amusement but not to a dedicated useful society building knowledge necessary for the creative and sustainable growth of mankind. Maintaining the status quo for qualitative continuity, emphasizing discernment, by using the World Wide Web as the global informational resource for Web 2.0 blogs, forums, wiki’s, RSS, chats, email, social networking, and learning about DNA, with life saving medicines as well as a variety of entertaining trivia leaves us with the numbing sense that “not all information is equal.”  So in doing this informational research we may become a kind of work in progress as a ‘gatekeeper’ of sorts. Overall, we are privileged to live in the Information age in the year 2010.  Will we have what it takes to muddle through this massive information fog and have a worthwhile project?

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One response to “Badke, Chapter I

  1. You bring up a number of interesting points and questions from Badke’s chapter, Evita. I particularly noted that you highlight Badke’s discussion of publishing “gatekeepers.” Do you think that there are situations in which information gatekeepers are less or more necessary?

    I’m also struck by your quote: “not all information is equal.” Are some forms of information are privileged at the expense of others?

    We’ll discuss these issues more in class, for sure.

    –Prof Smale

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