“Electracy is to digital media, what literacy is to print” is the commonly quotes verse said by electrate inventor, Gregory Ulmer. So what are the implications of living an electrate life? In this world of digital media and instant communication, one must recognize the influence that technology has on the lives of those who interact with it. Piere Levy rightfully declares that the electrate is a collective intelligence. Through the electrate medium, individuals search and discover most commonly with no particular reason whatsoever.
The abilities of this medium are currently being tested and discoveries are such as the John Craig Freemen’s extension on Google Earth and Autocartography. This program allows viewers to explore an area instead of being introduced to it in a linear fashion. It has many components to it, such as videos and files on a map that users can explore at their own speed and in whatever order they choose. The blog of the Blithedale Project presents a similar program. It points out that when one interacts with the site, or the electrate, “we do not engage to explain, we engage to explore.” This is a very important point, since more people are learning from using electrate means, such as the Internet, instead of school. The fashion in which we gain information via the Internet is more appealing than through school which can be a bit stressful. However, this way of gaining information does have possible shortcomings.
Mullarkey posits that if the electrate medium were given the capability to monitor the electrate citizens and then control the information being provided, then it would have a strong control over what these citizens thought, “it can force new philosophical thoughts onto us.” Not only introducing new beliefs, but also change the way we think. Google already does it by recording what sites we visit the most, so that when we search something, it shows us similar sites to our previous ones visited.
I think that using the electrate, we are given the means to express our internal interests through what sites we go to, what blogs we post on, what information we collect. With reference to education, we are practically all on the same playing field. As long as we are accessible to the information forum, then, financial background is not important.
“Electracy is to digital media, what literacy is to print” as said by Gregory Ulmer. Citizens of the 21st century now have at their disposal unlimited information, fast and efficient communication to places far away, and the freedom to explore these things. Therefore it serves as a useful method to learn about the world and is not surprisingly used daily by those who are in access of it. To be electrate, means an additional method to express oneself in this world.
John Craig Freemen
The Blithedale Project. http://blithedaleproject.wordpress.com/
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