Maybe it’s too soon to tell, but I haven’t yet begun to feel the sense of “community, collaboration, and empowerment” that Elizabeth Clark mentioned.
This is probably because the work we’re doing digitally hasn’t taken place online. Not yet, at least.
The essays we’ve written or the videos we’ve made have thus far only existed as private entities – not online collaborative entities. Maybe once they become part of our online eportfolio this will change.
It just feels an awful lot like working in a non-digital space at the moment.
However, I do agree with Clark that these three things CAN become benefits if one utilizes online spaces to their highest potential. These blog posts are good examples: there’s definitely a community present, both within our individual cohorts and with Sweetland as a whole. There’s also a sense of collaboration where comments are concerned. And yes, it is empowering to know that other people are reading our posts.
Therefore, I would alter Clark’s position in a way that distinguishes between digital rhetoric and online digital rhetoric. Working online has the ability to foster community, collaboration, and empowerment like Clark says, but not all digital rhetoric takes place online.