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Free to Browse: Organic Contexts for Tech and Media Literacy
September 27, 2022 at 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
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KORNIENKO コニンコー (that’s me, Sophia Kornienko), journalist, animation artist and the host of the UnschoolingFuture Podcast, invites you to become part of her new project about kids’ and teens’ digital freedoms.
I am writing/ illustrating a book, Free to Browse: Organic Contexts for Tech and Media Literacy (working title). Drawing from my family’s experience as educational refugees (we moved countries twice to be able to legally homeschool and allow our two geeky programmer kids to further self-organize their learning) and my media expertise, I explore organic learning contexts based on autonomy and curiosity that bring out the best in all individuals involved, no matter their age, and help bridge generational gaps.
Surveillance and authoritarian control are detrimental for bonding, self-discovery, developing technical chops and out-of-the-box creativity (all pretty valuable assets in the fast-paced digital age) and only reinforce ignorance, rigidity and vulnerability in the long run. What if we trust young minds to have their digital freedom today and stop locking them up in age-restricted ghettos?
This debut salon will be an introductory session to a monthly series in which we will talk about a whole range of factors making up our tech and media literacy: daily living on the interwebs, ai, online self-directed learning and autonomy, practical and legal constraints, human rights, age discrimination and surveillance concerns. I will share my writing and researching process, interview guests and most importantly, listen to your perspectives, questions and discoveries! You and your kids are welcome to join and become part of my book, anonymously if you wish!
- Free to Browse: Organic Contexts for Tech and Media Literacy (this essay is the first draft of my book)
- Iván Illich, Deschooling Society (first published in 1970)
- Todd Rose and Ogi Ogas, Dark Horse (HarperOne, HarperCollins Publishers, 2018)
- Todd Rose, The End of Average (Penguin Books, 2017)
- Peter Gray, Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier More Self-Reliant and Better Students for Life (BasicBooks(AZ), 2013
- John Carmack: Doom, Quake, VR, AGI, Programming, Video Games, and Rockets | Lex Fridman Podcast #309