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Creative Ambiguity and Digital Literacy

I’m (re-)writing my first journal article at the moment, ostensibly in order to make my viva easier when I’ve finished my Ed.D. thesis. It’s easier to prove an ‘original contribution to knowledge’ when some of it has been published in a peer-reviewed journal! You’ll understand, therefore, why this post, which constitutes the first part of […]

Wabi-sabi, Mono no aware & creative ambiguity

Introduction After last week’s post about designing opportunities for ‘creative ambiguity’ I had a brief Twitter conversation with @siibo about what exactly I meant. Which is kind of the point. :-p The great thing that came out of it, however was being directed towards a couple of Japanese concepts of which I knew nothing previously, […]

Designing for Creative Ambiguity

Design (Wikipedia’s definition): Design is the planning that lays the basis for the making of every object or system. It can be used both as a noun and as a verb and, in a broader way, it means applied arts and engineering. Creative Ambiguity (my definition): Creative Ambiguity is brought about when an intangible idea, […]

Trajectories of ambiguity: my first journal article.

In a move that will no doubt shock known world, I’ve decided that first-ever journal article will be both a collaborative venture and cock a snook towards traditional subject disciplines. Provisionally entitled Seven types of ambiguity and digital literacy I’m co-authoring it with my Ed.D. thesis supervisor Steve Higgins. Allegations that I’m doing so to […]

What’s the most common type of ambiguity in definitions of ‘digital literacy’?

Every literacy is alike; each digital literacy is ambiguous in its own way. I’m currently putting together a journal article applying Empson’s Seven Types of Ambiguity to the concept of ‘digital literacy’.* As I match those definitions of digital literacy I find ambiguous to one of Empson’s seven types, it’s becoming clear that the most […]

Meeting with Ed.D. thesis supervisor: digital literacy & ambiguity

I learned several things in my Skype chat with my Ed.D. thesis supervisor (Steve Higgins) this week, notably: I’m a pearl-grower People can be metaphorical in different ways How ambiguity can be productive Our conversation Steve was very interested in what I’d mentioned in our brief email conversation earlier this month about different types of […]

Meeting with Ed.D. supervisor: conceptual ecologies, productive concepts, and hypozeugma

I met via Skype with my thesis supervisor, Steve Higgins, a couple of weeks ago to discuss the process of finishing off and submitting my thesis. It currently stands at around 34,000 words but, given that I wrote 17,500 words of a mobile review in little more than a week, it’s not the actual getting […]

The best blog posts I’ve ever written, by category.

Sometimes the little times you don’t think are anything while they’re happening turn out to be what marks a whole period of your life. — Andy Warhol The process of redesigning the look of this blog enabled, indeed forced, me to go through old posts and reflect on what I’m doing here. I stumbled across a […]

Freire, Conscientization & Digital Literacy

Before I begin, I confess not to have read Freire in the original Portuguese so I may have missed a nuance or two. What I’m trying to do is link some of his thinking around Conscientization to the concept of Digital Literacy (and other ‘new literacies’) through the lens of Pragmatism. Paulo Friere (1921-1997) was […]

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