Author: wiobyrne

Dr. W. Ian O’Byrne is a educator, researcher, & speaker. His work centers on teaching, learning, and technology. He investigates the literacy practices of individuals as they read, write, and communicate in online & hybrid spaces.

Digitally Literate #198

We’ve got this all wrong Digitally Lit #198 – 5/18/2019 Hi all, my name is Ian O’Byrne and welcome to Digitally Literate. In this newsletter, I try to synthesize what happened this week so you can be digitally literate as well. I posted a couple of things this week: Journaling as a means to scaffold…

Digitally Literate #197

The privacy paradox Digitally Lit #197 – 5/11/2019 Hi all, my name is Ian O’Byrne and welcome to Digitally Literate. In this newsletter, I try to synthesize what happened this week so you can be digitally literate as well. I posted a couple of things this week: Formative and Summative Assessments – An overview of…

Fact-checking can’t do much when people’s “dueling facts” are driven by values instead of knowledge

Morgan Marieta and David C. Barker, authors of the Inconvenient Facts blog on Psychology Today, share some insight from the research presented in their text, One Nation, Two Realities. The research examines data from five years of national surveys from 2013 to 2017, about ideological and political outlooks of individuals. This post examines the following two…

Digitally Literate #196

Dark, toxic corners of the InternetDigitally Lit #196 – 5/4/2019 Hi all, my name is Ian O’Byrne and welcome to Digitally Literate. In this newsletter, I try to synthesize what happened this week so you can be digitally literate as well. I posted a couple of things this week: Putting down your phone may help…

The Messy Reality of Algorithmic Culture

danah boyd argues that we need to develop more sophisticated ways of thinking about technology before jumping to hype and fear. Data-driven and algorithmic systems increasingly underpin many decision-making systems, shaping where law enforcement are stationed and what news you are shown on social media. The design of these systems is inscribed with organizational and…

The Devastating Consequences of Being Poor in the Digital Age

Mary Madden discussing the privacy and security violations that occur in our increasingly digitized society. This is increasingly true for marginalized and vulnerable populations. The poor experience these two extremes — hypervisibility and invisibility — while often lacking the agency or resources to challenge unfair outcomes. Madden draws on work that focused on privacy perceptions…

Think You’re Discreet Online? Think Again

Zeynep Tufekci talking about the digital residue we leave behind as we use digital tools and spaces. There is the narrative that “as long as you’re careful online” you’ll be okay. As Tufekci indicates, there is no longer any chance of “opting out” of challenges in these spaces. Because of technological advances and the sheer…

Putting Down Your Phone May Help You Live Longer

A look at the connections between device use and hormone levels in our bodies. Specifically, Catherine Price is examining connections to dopamine and cortisol. Dopamine is neurotransmitter that is viewed by popular culture and the media as being “the main chemical of pleasure.” But, recent research in pharmacology suggests that dopamine may instead be connected…