As I started to read Clark’s article, I already was engaged in it because right off the bat she addressed, “almost every facet of our personal and professional lives has shifted to new uses of communicative technology. With the pervasiveness of Web 2.0 comes a shift in our cultural norms”. I sat back and tried to think about a way of life less than 10 years ago that didn’t include bringing a cellular device with you anywhere you go. Or worse– never getting the lecture notes online or prior to class. Or even worse– never stalking your other friend’s colleges experiences on social media. This ‘ever changing landscape’ of Web 2.0 continues to shift. Although the Sweetland writing minor is a fairly new program, I bet if this minor was available 30 years earlier, they would have never have guessed that we would be creating a digital project for two of our projects. I agree that there are several benefits from what Clark mentions.
The first benefit is that it is not just one individual to work on one specific thing. With the help of online availability, we can delegate work digitally to create a faster production. However, this does have a downside. This creates a society and world that is faster. Everything MUST happen immediately due everyone having the technology to respond to emails within seconds, etc. Therefore, if you are a lazy person or technologically challenged, then you will be left behind.
One thing that I did not even consider was that more people are now allowed to be published. Clark mentioned that, “artifacts of student learning have the potential to become actual published products, or works-in-process that raise questions around the public/private split of contemporary writing”. Everything written can be considered as a new contemporary piece of writing. THIS IS SO WEIRD BUT definitely a concept to consider. Technically, I can draw a stickman figure and get paid millions for this (you never know… and I feel like weird things have been paid a high price) as a contemporary piece of work, so now this shift from an art piece to a writing piece is no different.
As a student with a major of Communications, I have been learning and engaging with all media tactics/digital rhetoric accounts/everything dealing with the media. Therefore, I know that my experience with creating digital rhetoric will only continue to benefit myself with the line of work I want to pursue. I do know that I can study and adapt to the process of how Web 2.0 is shaping our society. I do not have alternative visions of the 21st century pedagogy because I am already learning so much about digital rhetoric within this class that I am thrilled to continue to learn and pursue. At least within my school district, there were classes offered and issued to students that they must take a certain class that regarded computers/social media/powerpoint/technically applications to use, etc. I think to continue to push these classes at the start of schooling, then students can gradually learn the importance and impacts Web 2.0 have on our lives.