Information Ecologies

I had never heard of information ecologies before reading this book but I like how the term is often used as a metaphor for describing the the informational space as an ecosystem. Even more than that though, I appreciate how the common underlying theme is describing the relationships between complex systems of people, habits, values, insights, and information technologies in a certain ecosystem.

The organizations of the book is clean and is what makes the message comprehendible. The authors use a lot of specific case studies and the concept of ecologies to bring everything down onto a very local level. Breaking the concepts up into technology as a tool, technology as a text, and technology as a system separates the content well.

When we think about technology as a tool we think about what it can do for us whether that’s to help teach us a skill, share knowledge with us, function properly for use, etc.  We have gotten into a habit of using technology in this way but we never really think about why we use it in this way or how it works at this complex of a level. In our minds, the technology as a tool isn’t valuable until a person comes and uses it just like the dishes don’t clean themselves, somebody has to take the time to wash them….unfortunately.

When we think about technology as a text we think about communicating. In my final proposal I talked about some of the ways that recruiters communicate with students online with the intent of recruiting them and the list of ways just went on and on. While we have an unthinkable amount of ways to communicate with each other technologically but the way we communicate online is totally based off of our experiences and relationships. When communicating in person you’re able to see body language and hear their tone of voice but we’ve all been there when we’ve read a message online and interpreted it 100% differently than it was intended to sound.

Lastly, when we think about technology as a system we see how it affects so many different parts of our lives. We use it professionally, we use it socially, and we use it constantly. There are so many technological aspects embedded into our society at this point that we can either choose to accept it or choose to disagree with it but either way it’s impossible to ignore.

Overall, I think the authors did a great job communication the different facets of technological relationships by means of an effective metaphor.



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