No, not some crazy 30-minute department store makeover but use of new media as part of your personal identity as a lifelong, adult, higher education learner. If you haven’t seen the latest Michael Wesch video on YouTube, it’s definitely worth the (nearly) 34 minutes. The theme is redefining ‘whatever’ and ends with the very 2009 version, “I care. Let’s do whatever it takes…by whatever means necessary.” Isn’t that what engaging in education is all about?
Education is both leadership (mostly without the ‘Brute Force Tactic’) and followership but it is mostly about defining oneself and finding a place in society. So-called ‘ New media ‘ is now fairly mainstream. Whether it is Twitter or a blog or a website, personal democracy and social engagement is what defines us: it defines our personally managed education network, gives us feedback and lets us learn with minimal fear and maximum experiment. Try it!