Comentários publicados no website de Michael Wesch

1. Comentário ao vídeo The Machine is (Changing) Us

Disponível no artigo de blog "Toward a New Future of “Whatever” da autoria Michael Wesch:

One of the main ideas that this speech by Michael Wesch draws our attention is the sense that the new media aren´t just tools, but a medium for new forms of human interactions and behaviors based on a more active voice and opinion about themselves and the society. Quoting Marshall McLuhan: “we shape our tools, and therefore our tools shape us”.
In fact, this statement can also be associated with the analogy that Michael makes about the use of the term “whatever”, an expression that gains different meanings during the last decades, especially in younger generations (massive consumers of media).
If the traditional media, like TV and radio, were creating a sense of need to be recognized in society by being present on TV, adding the fact that these media are unidirectional and therefore promoting a passive behavior of consuming information, we are confronted with a generation that is indifferent to the issues of modern society.
The public opinion is developed and delivered by the TV. People became indifferent and passive. The amount of information and possibilities aren´t important. The indifferent “whatever” is the mainstream behavior.
But the arise of new forms of media, mainly because of the phenomenon of the Web 2.0, a new kind of behavior has erupted. People started to have medium to share their opinion and most important, they have the opportunity to recognize their self as individuals. Through face to face interactions, people tend to filter some aspects of their personality. But when they have the opportunity to express freely their personality, not being judged at the moment by other, they develop a sense of “Who I really am?” This is an important mental shift and it has an enormous behavior impact. Now I have a voice, now I can really be me…I care about what I say! It’s no longer the indifferent “whatever”! The example given to us by the study for community building on YouTube is an example of this shift. People started to notice that they can have an active voice.
Michael Wesch has a really optimistic view about the future that can be built by a more participant generation that really cares and wants to express their opinion. The individual is no longer passive. We have the ability to: “I care. Let’s do whatever it takes…by whatever means it is necessary!”
We have recently started to see some possible demonstrations of this behavior. Social movements have aroused in some countries of the world, expressing their political and social opinion. Some examples of these movements are: The social movements against political regimes in the Middle East (Egypt, Iran, and Syria) all of them organized and fed by the social networks like Facebook and Twitter, and shared with the public through YouTube. In Europe, social movements also gain special attention in Spain, Greece and Portugal. All these social movements were based on political change, and not by those who were members of a political party They were all organized by anonymous group of people that want their rights and opinions to be heard. Once again the new media were the center for organizing, sharing and expressing the opinions of these movements.

A question that we´d like to ask to Michael and to the rest of the users while commenting on this video is: Are these social movements and demonstrations a true example of the “I care. Let’s do whatever it takes…by whatever means necessary!” supported by the new media?
Thank you for your attention!

Hugo Domingos, Filomena Barbosa and Sérgio Lagoa.
Students of a Master degree in E-Learning Pedagogy, in Universidade Aberta, Portugal.

2. Comentário ao vídeo The machine is us/ing us

Disponível no artigo de blog "The machine is us/ing Us Final Version" da autoria Michael Wesch:

Your video has shown that thanks to the evolution of new technologies and especially to the Web 2.0, we can enhance a wide range of new possibilities of communication, since we have the opportunity to interact and broaden collaboration, to share information as well as knowledge, within an unlimited process.
Everybody creates a new Web application through the twitter, the flickr, the blogs, the wikis, tag content, and videos. Everybody can produce, can share and can organize information. New ways of interacting emerge rapidly. The one way communication of media is being overcome by many to many ways of communication, allowing people to be connected and exchanging personal, social and cultural information.

Hugo Domingos, Filomena Barbosa and Sérgio Lagoa.
Students of a Master degree in E-Learning Pedagogy, in Universidade Aberta, Portugal

3. Comentário ao vídeo A vision of students today

Disponível no artigo de blog "Revisiting "A vision of student today"da autoria Michael Wesch:

The new generations have grown up and have been surrounded by the new technologies. The arrival and the swift dissemination of digital technology demand a new learning system process, through which the youth are able to find information and create a new more in a more critical and creative way, as technologies are integrated parts of their lives.

The video A vision of students today leads us to the fact that as thinking patterns have changed it´s high time teachers and educators stopped the old methods and techniques of teaching. They should enable students to have a more significant and challenging learning. In spite of encouraging students to use technology, schools don´t allow them to use it as a natural process of learning. Instead of seizing the huge potential of the new technologies towards more meaningful experiences for the students, teachers still avoid using them in their classes.

Hugo Domingos, Filomena Barbosa and Sérgio Lagoa.
Students of a Master degree in E-Learning Pedagogy, in Universidade Aberta, Portugal