Blog 5: Participation

I had a really hard time getting through the Joyce Neff Grounded Theory article. It was all predominantly new information to me so I didn’t have much comments on it. I mostly just absorbed what was said but didn’t have any particular statements that stood out to me. In the other reading “Enabling Participation (7-21)”, on the other hand I was completely encaptured. I think maybe because it was so much more “real” so to speak. Like as I was reading a lot more applied to me than in the other reading in my own opinion. There was a lot more to agree or disagree on. My top key quote that I took away was:

“Not every member must contribute but all must believe they are free to contribute when ready and that what they contribute will be appropriately valued.”

I think that this was so beautifully written and is really accurate in regards to internet participation and authorship. I still have to say just because it’s on the internet does not mean that every writer will feel comfortable. It depends on the individual. Some people may feel comfortable since noone sees them but then others will feel like they are put on the spot. There is no real way to make sure all writers participate in these kinds of interfaces and there are always many considerations an individual must keep in mind while on them.

The article also mentioned the difference in who has certain access to the technology needed and etc.

“What a person can accomplish with an outdated machine in a public library with mandatory filtering software and no opportunity for storage or transmission pales in comparison to what person can accomplish with a home computer with unfettered Internet access, high bandwidth, and continuous connectivity.”

This is also very true as everyone’s economic situation is not the same so therefore technology access is very varied. I have heard that our internet is supposed to be completely free. It’s just in the air. Anyhow I think there is still a significant amount of students who are lacking the access so we aren’t fully participatory and won’t be anytime soon.


Author: writeannabella

Anna Bella is a former Nathan Weiss graduate school student who has her M.A. of Writing Studies. She has her B.A. in English with a minor in Management. Anna plans to become a successful author and wants to help promote writing among the youth in her local community. She loves to swim, dance, bake and cook. "I write to know and understand myself.”

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