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The Digital World is a Place, not a Language.

As a linguist, Prensky’s (2001) concept of ‘natives’ and ‘immigrants’ , used to explain the varying ways in which people use the web in the modern world, is a little jarring. He compares the difference between the internet generation (natives) and those who came to the internet later in life (immigrants) with native speakers of a language and those learning a foreign tongue. Continue reading →

Digital ‚ÄúVisitors‚ÄĚ and Digital ‚ÄúResidents‚ÄĚ

There are apparently two types of people who use the internet. There are so called digital “visitors” and digital “residents”, both names are quite self-explanatory but just in case you are unaware of what they mean here is an overall description and view of the people who go online today. As a 19-year-old I fit perfectly in the demographic which is the digital “resident” or “native”. Continue reading →

The Digital Age ‚Äď Visitor or Resident?

Explain the concept of digital ‚Äúvisitors‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúresidents‚ÄĚ drawing upon your reading and your own online experiences to date in support of the points that you make. In 2001 Prensky¬†suggested that students of today are born into a digital age where the norm is to have access to computers, smartphones and the internet; making them digital natives. Whereas, older generations have learned to adapt to technology, never becoming fluent in digital language as younger generations have. Continue reading →

Digital ‚ÄėVisitors‚Äô and ‚ÄėResidents‚Äô

The concept of digital visitors and residents is one that I have previously not considered. As part of my research for this post I read a number of articles discussing living online and using the internet as a tool. ¬†The model of visitors and residents draws from Mark Prensky‚Äôs (a writer and speaker on learning and speaking) model of Digital Natives and Digital Immigrant (2001)¬†since¬†heavily criticised as inaccurate and inflexible. Continue reading →

Residents and Visitors ‚Äď Syntax Error

Residents and visitors has been described as: a new typology for online engagement I’ve found everyone and anyone can sub-type residents and visitors into sub categories. We need a strong type rule where the terms can be indivisible. So that’s why I look at why we go online, what are the psychological reasons we visit the web. So this is why I believe we should be in the spectrum of Gamers and Non-Gamers, a much more binary and meaningful term. Continue reading →

Residents and Visitors ‚Äď Syntax Error

Residents and visitors has been described as: a new typology for online engagement I’ve found everyone and anyone can sub-type residents and visitors into sub categories. We need a strong type rule where the terms can be indivisible. So that’s why I look at why we go online, what are the psychological reasons we visit the web. So this is why I believe we should be in the spectrum of Gamers and Non-Gamers, a much more binary and meaningful term. Continue reading →