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Koers

versão On-line ISSN 2304-8557
versão impressa ISSN 0023-270X

Koers (Online) vol.77 no.1 Pretoria  2012

 

ORIGINAL RESEARCH

 

A connected and plugged-in worldview: Young people and new media

 

Opgekoppel en ingeprop - 'n Werklikheidsvisie: Die jeug en nuwe media

 

 

Bertie Loubser

Communications Department, North-West University, South Africa

Correspondence

 

 


ABSTRACT

Considering their enthusiastic adoption and utilisation of the latest media technologies, the question whether today's (2011) youth is critically aware of, and paying due attention to, the multitude of influences and information that technology transmits into their lives, may legitimately be asked. Questions concerning connectivity, community interaction and peer interaction, identity (and loss of identity) and what the author terms 'space-time discrepancy' are raised in this article. The methods by which people (students or other young people) acquire and assimilate new knowledge (epistemologically), process and understand information (cognitively) and create or formulate personal meaning and significance (metaphysically), are all modified and informed by their consumption of new technologies. Therefore, in the pursuit of an 'acceptable' (by their peers and their community) worldview, young people have to grapple with both the objectively perceived, as well as the subjectively experienced manifestations of the networked world; a world 'immersed' in new media.


OPSOMMING

Gegewe die entoesiasme waarmee die jeug van vandag (2011) nuwe media-tegnologie aanvaar en gebruik, kan daar tereg gevra word of hulle enersyds bewus is van, en andersyds of dit hul werklik skeel in hoe 'n mate hierdie inligtingsoordosis hulle lewens raak. Vrae rakende interskakeling, gemeenskaps- en groepsdruk interaksie, identiteit (en identiteitsverlies), en wat die outeur as 'ruimte-tyd verwydering beskryf, word in hierdie artikel toegelig. Die wyse waarop mense (studente of die jeug) nuwe kennis verwerf en inneem (epistemologies gesproke), inligting verwerk en verstaan (kognitief gesproke) en persoonlike waardes en betekenis verwek of formuleer (metafisies gesproke), word deurentyd verander en toegelig, synde verbruikers van nuwe tegnologie. In die jeug se soeke na 'n werklikheidsvisie wat vir hulle gemeenskap en eweknieë aanvaarbaar is, word hulle verplig om sin te maak van die objektief waarneembare, sowel as die subjektief ervaarde gewaarwording van 'n netwerk-wêreld, 'gedompel' in nuwe media.


 

 

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The author declares that he has no financial or personal relationships which may have inappropriately influenced him in writing this article.

 

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Correspondence:
Bertie Loubser
Private Bag X2046
Mmabatho 2745
South Africa
Email: bertie.loubser@nwu.ac.za

Received: 05 July 2011
Accepted: 20 Nov. 2011
Published: 12 Nov. 2012

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