My group in our “Why Open” course have had to come up with a collective project.
We all put forward some really good ideas but eventually settled on making an “interactive video” on different aspects, cultural, historical and academic of “Openness”.
Now I pride myself in being a good “Digital Immigrant” in that I run a blog, do a number of Moocs and can find my way around my Nexus Tablet, my Android phone and my wife’s I-Pad.
I have though little or no experience in video production. I have no video camera and only the limited facility of my wife’s I-Pad or my Android phone.
It has made me think of the realities of being on the wrong side of the “Digital Divide”. We in the richer nations (I come from the U.K.) are able to not only access the latest technology but gain expertise in its use. When you cannot get hold of a computer, a cellphone or a video camera, then you do not have even the starting blocks to build expertise.
I feel very isolated in my non-video experience. I know that I have the ability to purchase the technology needed, but not the time to begin to master its use. How then must someone in a poorer country than mine feel? They cannot just go out and get the technology and mastery takes time.
Since we in the “Why Open” course are concerned to spread the word about the significance of allowing a free flow of knowledge in order to allow everyone to participate in our global digital community we are also right to start from a base of access. From access comes expertise and the lack of access is ignorance and frustration. At this point of time I know how that feels!
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