To anyone impacted by modern-day technology,
These two articles by Bolter were confusing to me, as I tried to make a connection between my life and the points that he was trying to make about digital technology. He states that “our culture wants both to multiply its media and to erase all traces of mediation: ideally, it wants to erase its media in the very act of multiplying them,” (Bolter 2). This word was a completely new concept to me, and while I was reading through the article about remediation, I noticed a brief connection to my life
My first though about this idea was the use of Myspace when I was younger. It was the biggest craze, and everybody that I knew had a unique profile. Kids begged their parents to let them get one, despite the fact that they were young and vulnerable to Internet safety. Once the Myspace craze faded out, people were searching for the next big fad. What seemed to come in next was a huge range of
different social networking websites, such as Facebook and Twitter. The amount of Myspace profiles decreased drastically, and as this media was erased, the new websites became more popular than ever. This is much like Bolter’s idea of remediation, which identifies an example of new media multiplying by the day. As these websites and new ones continue to grow, more and more media will begin to be erased to create space for new fads.
Bolter’s second article, Introduction: Writing in the Late Age of Print, describes the future
of print. He discusses that “some educators imagine a classroom in which books are replaced by virtual environments,” (Bolter 5). I thought about my brother when I read this section, who is 13 years old. Now in middle school, his learning experience is much different than mine was at that age. 8 years ago, we had just begun using Macs, and the iPod mini was just released. Advanced technology was at a minimum, and I remember doing a lot more writing. My brother is in 7h grade and does not have good writing skills. He cannot spell, and has handwriting that is almost completely illegible. Now that technology has taken over the importance of print and classrooms are almost all digital, he has missed out on learning skills that will help him in the future. He completely refuses to write out anything, opting to use his computer or some other form of technology to do his work. The future of print seems to be on its way out, and I think that Bolter’s statement about teachers wanting a completely virtual classroom is unethical. The basis of school and learning is writing.
Bolter’s ideas in these pieces of writing share thoughts about the future of print and the multiplication of media. This is completely different from when I was a kid, and I think that if this technology continues, basic learning skills are in danger of being unused.