DS106 BootCamp, Out

It’s been a real trip going through the DS106 BootCamp. In a mere matter of days, I have:

1) Set up a Tumblr blog – because some quick research showed most people though Tumblr the most difficult blogging platform to master, and I always like a good challenge.
2) Decided I hate the Tumblr dashboard, but not before populating my blog with a fair bit of content
3) Migrated my content to WordPress. I’m only semi-happy with the way it looks; I’m not sure the current theme exactly reflects me, but I value its simplicity
4) Created two animated gifs (oh the frivolity!)
5) Shared, embedded media, added my Twitter feed on it
6) Expressed myself in a way I haven’t in years. I’m not a big fan of wearing my heart or mind on my sleeve or anywhere else despite the fact I write for a living

As for my more reflective, philosophical take on the last days – It’s the beginning of a journey of self discovery, as cliché as that is.  I’m thoroughly enjoying being a student once again, albeit one outside physical confines and I guess that’s the beauty of the entire process and a perfect segue to Gardner Campbell’s ‘A Personal CyberInfrastructure’, his videos and DS106 classroom session.

A visual representation of the article:
No digital facelifts: thinking the unthinkable
(Giulia Forsythe)

My key takeaways:
– We’re living in the middle of the highest increase in expressive capability in the history of the human race.
– Gardner’s own exploration of a personal cyberinfrastructure began with how to extend the structure of the classroom and make it an enduring part of lives.
– And in that, it’s not about using the new mediums to tell the same stories; in effect, story-telling can be transformed by the new mediums we have (the animated gif exercise and the setting up of our blogs and using different formats in them are but the first casual experimentation for novices like me)
– The extension of the classroom to the digital space is what promotes an inquiry driven existence. Education is prohreammed for discovery, rather than instruction.
– Hence anyone who needs and wants to Get It, cannot see themselves as adopters of the new capabilities open to us, we must see ourselves as participants and inhabitants of a community, where the act of creating and connecting fuels creation. And to that end, three recursive practices of Narrating, Curating and Sharing is what will keep us straight.

    “New modes of communication change what can be imagined and expressed. Any technology gradually creates a totally new human environment. Environments are not passive wrappings but active processes. The ‘message’ of any medium or technology is the change of scale or pace or pattern that it introduces into human affairs.”