Week 05: Remix Machines

Our goal this week is to answer  - is anything original?  

You will produce a brief reflection. (due Sunday)

Continue working with your teams on your second digital story project.  You should be planning. (due July 26)

Instructor's Notes

The predominant culture machine of the world is the internet. It is a ubiquitous, all reaching, never-ending digital storytelling machine, that empowers everyone to broadcast, make, take, and remix media.

This phenomena takes our tribes in a variety of interesting directions, allowing us to coordinate thought, action, values, and politics.  Crowdsourcing the stories that reinforce our world-view and producing a discernible change in our cognition. How we learn has changed.   Interneting essentially produces a pull-culture, where we are accustomed to learning on-demand - - pulling knowledge from the cloud and our communities at-will.  

And once we pull that media from the cloud, we remix it.  We meme it.  Copy, transform and combine, which arguably mirrors cognition itself.  

[cog·ni·tion] (n) /ˌkäɡˈniSH(ə)n/ : *the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses. *.

Cognitive processes use existing knowledge to generate new knowledge. Consider Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic - or Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math  - all of our curriculum, teaching, and learning iterate from this process.


Through the eyes of John Seely Brown (JSB), modern learners are defined by a questing disposition of continual and persistent learning.  This might also be termed continual and persistent remixing.  JSB takes it a step further, indicating that learning is joining, i.e. the most important learning that occurs comes through the act of joining and participating in affinity groups.  Here too, interneting has changed to way we connect, affiliate, and join.  And learn.

This is social learning.

“Institutions designed for push cannot easily accommodate pull.” - John Seely Brown

The focus of this week is on remix machines, however I am not referring to the internet, the tools, or the media.  We are the remix machines.  The learning machines.  


This Week's Tasks
  1. Hey, did you scroll down here without reviewing all of the great content above!? Read & watch all of the above.  I've posted some questions for you in the margins.

  2. Smile and complete the StoryThing, posted to Slack on Tuesday.

  3. Read & annotate the following article(s) within your team group:

    Jenkins, H. (2009). Confronting the challenges of participatory culture: Media education for the 21st century. Mit Press.

  4. This is the midpoint of our course. Produce a brutally honest self reflection, and send it to me directly in a document or as a DM in Slack. Broadly, tell me...

    - What have you learned or gained thus far? Details.
    - How can we improve or alter things to suit you?
    - Reflect specifically on the ideas/ideals presented in the videos above, and the article we annotated this week. With whom do you agree or disagree most strongly - Kirby Ferguson, John Seely Brown, or Henry Jenkins? Explain.

Author image

About Brad Hinson

Teller of stories; drinker of coffee; father of kids; tinkerer of tools; geek. I am an SEHD Assistant Dean, an LDT Instructor, and a ThinqStudio Director @ CU Denver.
  • Denver
You've successfully subscribed to INTE5340 - Summer
Great! Next, complete checkout for full access to INTE5340 - Summer
Welcome back! You've successfully signed in.
Success! Your account is fully activated, you now have access to all content.