Beginning of Class Writing: Jones and Hafner’s Understanding Digital Literacies, Chapter 12 and Afterword

During the first ten minutes of class, write a summary of your reading from Chapter 12 and the Afterword from Jones and Hafner’s Understanding Digital Literacies. We will discuss the chapter briefly and then the remaining time in class will be reserved for your final project.

4 thoughts on “Beginning of Class Writing: Jones and Hafner’s Understanding Digital Literacies, Chapter 12 and Afterword

  1. Rownak

    To: Jason W. Ellis
    From: Rownak Choudhury
    Date: May 11, 2016
    Subject: Chapter 12 and Afterword Summary

    This chapter discusses the many differences that are taking place in the workfield today. Traditional ways of working are being stretched piece by piece as we are moving towards stay-at-home jobs and outsourcing and large-scale collaborative productions. Such changes come with challenges as well as opportunities. While having the need for being tech-savvy, employees are to collaborate effectively while even possibly residing in two ends of the world.

    Social media plays a key task in bridging the gap in such cases. The use of social media in the workplace helps to develop trust and keep the flow of information well-balanced between individuals. Our personal profiles on social media also come into question of it’s positive factors along with negative factors. While they can help us to market ourselves to an intended audience for employment purposes, they can also become a barrier in employment opportunities in becoming too accessible to current/prospective employers.

    This books ends on a more personal note where I am required to ask myself the question of what it is that I want to achieve. I am an active participant in social media on a personal level. Until recently I had never questioned my involvement in such a product of brilliance and what is now mainstream.

  2. George Gordon

    To: Jason W. Ellis
    From: George Gordon
    Date: May 12th, 2016
    Subject: Chapter 12 Summary

    This chapter discusses how work has changed due to the incorporation of digital media. Now people can work from home, there are more freelance types of jobs, and how traditional hierarchical management structures have been replaced with teams that come together to work on projects they want to work on. Especially with the implementation of wikis that allow various people across the globe to come together and collaborate. However, this does come with its share of problems, such as, most training does not prepare workers for the requirements of virtual teamwork.

    Social media has helped as these can create brands and those who enter these fields get experience that can be utilized when working with these virtual environments. However, the increase in digital technology has brought up its own sets of issues. This new work order means works have less privacy and job security.

  3. AshleyA

    To: Jason W. Ellis
    From: Ashley A. Dunlap
    Date: May 12th, 2016
    Subject: Chapter 12 Summary

    Chapter 12 discusses the ways digital media has transformed into the work world. Digital media allows people to work from home and collaborate freely. There are five key ways that work is changing. These are a shift from market-based economies to knowledge-based economies in which workers are involved in creating information and knowledge, work is being distributed over large geographical spaces which means they must be able to coordinate tasks across countries and time zones, More people are working from home, workers are more flexible and self-motivated and people change jobs more than in the past.

  4. Christopher Navarrete

    To: Professor Ellis
    From: Christopher Navarrete
    Date: 5/12/2016
    Subject: Chapter 12 Summary

    Chapter 12 discusses how digital media has transformed the world of work. Digital media has caused work to shift from a market-based economy to a knowledge-based economy, increase in distribution over large geographical distances, allow individuals to work from home, require workers to be more flexible and self motivated, cause people to change jobs more often, and make freelance jobs common.

    Wikis, for example, have helped change the world of work as it allows individuals to work in teams despite how far away they are from each other. Social media has the same effect, except it can also help create social contacts that make collaborative projects easier. It also lets users develop trust and understanding from each other.

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