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Metaliteracy and the Metaverse

November 2, 2022

This week John made an error about the clock change back from Irish summertime to normal time. Students were asked to come to class one hour later than normal but, in fact you should have been told that class was going to be one hour earlier … so, we missed an excellent presentation by Valibrarian Gregg titled ‘What is Metaliteracy?’ Val is the founder of Community Virtual Libraries and as a librarian and author she has a particular interest in books and literacy. Sitearm recorded the talk which explains the concept of metaliteracy in our metamodernist world in 23 minutes. Val also introduces the concept of digital citizenship. You can see the video below.

What is Metaliteracy? presented by Valibrarian Gregg (viewing time 23 minutes).

Following Val’s talk she brought the class to The Darkroom as a metaphor for the dark side of digital culture. She discusses the dark side of the some of the many useful apps we use daily basis. Once again Sitearm recorded the 6 minute presentation.

The Darkroom, presented by Valibrarian Gregg (viewing time 6 minutes).

Finally, Sitearm and Val debated the nature of the metaverse and attempted to unpack their own operational definitions. Is Second Life a Metaverse? records their debate on the characteristics required in a metaverse. Sitearm’s recording has a viewing time of 16 minutes.

Is Second Life a Metaverse? Sitearm Madonna and Valibrarian Gregg debate definitions of the metaverse (viewing time 16 minutes).
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Class 7: Metaliteracy and Digital Citizenship

March 21, 2022

The complexity of issues around metaliteracy and digital citizenship were revealed by Valibrarian Gregg in her talk at the Community Virtual Library today. The visit began with a tour of the lovely facility which is a rich resource of information, data, references and texts while also being a calm space in which to relax – much like a library in RL in fact.

The Community Virtual Library is a place for calm contemplation, much like any good library in RL.

There was a good turnout of students and in addition to Magua and John we were joined by Sitearm and Wisdom also. After the tour Val brought us to the presentation platform which is rich with images and short texts to support the talk, based on her recent book Metamodernism and Changing Literacy: Emerging Research and Opportunities (2020).

A new addition to the space since our last visit is the Black Room where some of the darkness of the worldwide web and the internet is considered.

Valibrarian introduces the complexity of metamodernism and metaliteracy so that we can realise the impact of the digital age on society.

There was a good discussion around some of the topics raised by the talk, including consideration of the implications for democracy and freedom of thought in the metaverse, particularly if it is controlled by private interests. What impact might this have on a free society?

You can see a video of the lecture from last semester here.

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