The idea of Tech:nature literacy is one that is very interesting to me because i have a love for both nature and technology. From what i understand, Tech:nature literacy is about finding a balance of one’s natural desire to be in touch with nature and the inability to do so literally because of their technologically consumed lives. This may sound as if i am giving such a life a negative connotation, but that is not the case. I think a great connection has been made in the book Technobiophilia because as the author said, this is the reality we live in, so what ever we need to do to satisfy that natural desire of connecting with nature than that is what needs to be done. This need could be satisfied by simply setting a picture of the forest as the background screen on one’s computer.
The reading about this topic on MOOC talks about the many metaphors we use in our daily technological language that refer to things in nature such as clouds, surfing, streaming, bugs etc. When i read this i was shocked that i had never recognized the connection before. When surfing the net in class or at home or talking about a virus i got on my computer i had never related the world of technology with the world of nature because in my mind the two were opposites. Even last week when Tor streamed the video on Digital Storytelling for our class, i would never have put the two together.
Many of these class assignments are broadening my way of thinking about the technological world. I think that the point of these topics, tech:nature literacy and digital story telling in particular, is to do just that. I am learning to think about the world of technology in a new light with every topic and how much more technology is integrated into my daily life than i had thought. Now that i am getting this new information i will be able to better carry out and understand the purpose of metaliteracy.I see now that by using these ideas, for example broadcasting on twitter or posting pictures of nature on Tumblr, like i do in my daily life, i am becoming more metaliterate because i am taking information and spreading it in all different ways. Thinking back to our first assignment on writing about what we think metaliteracy is i can now say that i understand what exactly being metaliterate truely means.