Micki’s comment about how the computer literacy gap between younger and older generations disrupts and threatens the top down teacher-pupil paradigm has really stuck with me. Though it seems that professors have long been considered at risk of becoming dinosaurs, ossified in their own practices as new ideas outpace them, I get the sense that the discrepancy here and now is far greater.
I was talking to an actor friend of mine who does web and graphic design as his survival job, and he recommended this documentary on Aaron Swartz. I haven’t had a chance to watch in full, but it raises a lot of questions about open-source and system subversions, perhaps more-so than about the generation shift, and it seemed relevant to discussions from last week and the readings this week (“Hacktivism”).
The whole documentary is available on YouTube:
And NPR coverage: