luciano petullà

systems and dimensions of new communication

+Digital Literacy-Digital Divide A recent discussion appeared on very prestigious newspaper and magazine pushes us to advance some considerations about how people envision critically the new communication platforms and media. More specifically, about the best approach to manage their increasing complexity given that, in front of a such innovative effervescence, we will always remain in a defective position. My consideration is simple and evident  but still hard to be accepted by someone: digital communication flowing and building itself through innumerable and changeable  software on fix and mobile network became – and will remain – an important and inevitable condition  for our existence.  Being an ubiquitous and connective element/environment, and a product of a continuous and unstoppable development, we need to understand how to hear it, how to face its will (see Kevin Kelly’s provocation), but even and more better, how to personally engage it to increase human agency (see Howard Rheingold). The uncertain status of digital divide The cited discussion focuses on a ICT classical topic as the inequality of digital access and uses by people living in different regions – and, in an extended but more undefined meaning  – and/or have different social status. On the other side, the…

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Strategies of fitness according to a study supported by MacArthur Foundation If we should indicate an electronic device that, other than cellular phone, has a great chance to be carried inside westernised people’s pockets,  we would not be wrong answering a small usb-device.  Diffusion and adoption of pen-drivers and sophisticated audio/video players to maintain and transport programs/files or the loved personal playlists due to the amazing developments of microelectronic and the success of usb standard interface. The plug-socket system named  Universal Serial Bus seems  to be maintain the promise hailed by its name becouse, in its normal or mini version, it is present upon almost all electronic devices wanting to ease digital interconnection in a prompt “plug ‘n play” logic. In this way, data and programs utilised in diverse activities and circles – products and sources of personal projects – glue themselves with the other our whole of  intelligence and sensibility tying us with hardware and software of computerized machines distributed in our vital environments. Usb as metaphor Indeed, usb system is becoming the metaphor to indicate the growing ibridation  among universe we considered (and sometimes were) separated. The images here reported, for example, are part respectively of  a book…

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