Wesch’s video; ‘From Knowledgable-to Knowledge-Able’ has emphasised Yacci (2000) ‘Interactivity Demystified: A structural Definition for Distance Education and Intelligent CBT’. Yacci’s argument begins with identifying interactivity and it’s definition, in regards to multimedia the emerging technologies used for communicating, and Distance learning in particular. The concept of ‘teacher in a box’, being the traditional approach to the design of mediated instruction, Thomas Reeves (1999). This analogy implies that Computer-Based Training is merely a tool to be used facilitate. The article then presents a shift in paradigm, towards the development of an ‘intelligent agent, (Murch & Johnson, 1999).
Wesch has demonstrated how developing technologies as evolved interactively and serves to mediate in the building of collaborative relationships. Once used as a tool by corporate industries to manipulate and control Peoples desires and self-worth, technology has shift the balance of power towards the general population and out of the claws of the dictators. Interactivity, according to Wesch as enabled critical thinking; going beyond critical thinking, ensuring that conversation is not a one way interaction, which correlates to ‘Interactivity is a Message Loop.In which Wener (1954 used th term ‘Cybernetics’ To describe the loop.
To conclude, the global communications network which enables interactivity as empowered the ordinary individual who is able to change through collaboration, an autocratic and oppressive regime into a democracy. Wesch states that knowledgeable can not be taught, but rather it as to experienced, preferably as a collaborative interaction. It is participating that develop and change.
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Yacci, M. (2000) Interactivity Demystified, a structural definition for distance education and instructional CBT, Educational Technology, XL (4), 5-16. Link