Tuesday, 20 November 2007

A New Literacy Event

Today I had a go at playing Supple!! Thanks to PJC my life will never be the same again. It's a bit like the Sims - but sexier. So that's the game for me, obviously.


Check out the demo.

Thinking about events and practices, what might I be involved in here .. blogging as a literacy practice and prior to this I was involved in playing video games as a practice. The literacy event I was involved in was playing 'Supple' at my office computer and then writing this particular post - which involved embedding a video from YouTube. Usually it is pretty easy to embed a video from YouTube but today I had to fiidle around and work out how to make the code work... maybe I am a digital native as I keep on going till I resolve a problem lilke this.

Maybe one day I will be as good as this baby using the iphone:


Amazing how this little baby is learning to manipulate text at the same time as he is learning to speak. Is this baby involved in a literacy event I wonder? As Barton and Hamilton also note is commonplace, there is a lot of talk going on around the literacy event, and this is certainly a social event we see here.

In terms of practices there is a whole load of nurturing stuff going on there (the practice of parenting and 'being in a family') and a sharing of a global global phenomenon from the broader context.

Sunday, 11 November 2007

In the Nag's Head

Amazing stuff down the pub on Ebay ...

I love the way they have a discussion board called The Nag's head. People in there can just chill n chat.
Lots of the people in there have no selling or buying history on eBay and so are just hanging out in the discussion rooms just because they can. It's like a free place where you can go in and loll about - only attracting attention if you break the rules.
It reminds me of the young people who hang out on street corners or in shopping malls. Those cool places where adults don't want them but they reclaim as their own. They change the nature of a place by doing different stuff in them - and sometimes they get noticed, sometimes they don't.
The other day I came across a thread where people were talking about brandings, piercings and body carving. Really. And there was a link to the most horrendous images. (I am not putting in a link as I don't want it connected to my blog.) Of body carving. But they basically can talk about anything at all...so here's one person moaning about her mother ...

Basiclly I just need to rant
when Im on the phone to her or Talking to her in person I could say something she looks at me blankly and then just starts ranting about something thats on her mind

Shes had a few problems with her sisters lately and resulting in her only talking to 1 out of 5
she constantly goes on and on and on And ON about them and TBH Im getting really sick of it

Its like nothing I have to say is important because she has this problem even my kids had to listen to it when she was here last week. Carl listened to it one night and then disappered for the rest of the week

or there is this one about people with no manners:

Really wind me up
13 people said their child was coming to Connors party today, i put on the invitation that i needed to know exact numbers by the 7th as i had to pay in advance, most of them i had to chase up because they were too lazy to tick the box saying i would love to come/ i cant come.
On friday i had 13 "definitley coming" i paid £161 for the bloody party £11.50 a child and 4 of them didnt turn up after their parents said they were coming

I am so temted to tell the parents tomorrow they owe me £11.50 each

and breathe

I think that people plan to meet on these discussion boards and then have a chat. I think they know each other face to face and use this as a spce to catch up. Which is a good idea I spose as it is free and there is loadsa room to put up jpgs and the like.

So my point is that people re-fashion online spaces to suit their needs. Interesting.

Such is the fascination of eBay, that one of the most viewed images on my Flick stream, is the teacups I once bought from eBay:

Great e-bayer

YouTube stuff

Bell Hooks is on YouTube:

some people mihght find that unexpercted, that intellectuals have stuff on YouTUbe.

But a lot of really good stuff in on there.

This video is a clip from a lomger video available from the Media Education Foundation

BUt you can check out quite a lot of stuff on YouTUbe from the Challenging Media section.

Rosa likes the stuff about advertising and the exploitation of women. Like this:

So, loadsa stuff about ISSUES on YouTube. You just have to know how to find it, I guess.

And I have used quite a lot of them on the New Literacies MA ... maybe I will soon put up videos of my own onto YouTube.