I am interested in that article on the challenges of participatory culture, will actually print that one out! Here is what they say are the new skills: Play — the capacity to experiment with one’s surroundings as a form of problem-solving Performance — the ability to adopt alternative identities for the purpose of improvisation and discovery Simulation — the ability to interpret and construct dynamic models of real-world processes Appropriation — the ability to meaningfully sample and remix media content Multitasking — the ability to scan one’s environment and shift focus as needed to salient details. Distributed Cognition — the ability to interact meaningfully with tools that expand mental capacities Collective Intelligence — the ability to pool knowledge and compare notes with others toward a common goal Judgment — the ability to evaluate the reliability and credibility of different information sources Transmedia Navigation — the ability to follow the flow of stories and information across multiple modalities Networking — the ability to search for, synthesize, and disseminate information Negotiation — the ability to travel across diverse communities, discerning and respecting multiple perspectives, and grasping and following alternative norms.
As an anthropologist, I think I would argue that humans have always done that since the age of consciousness, but we thing this is a big shift, I don't think it is, it is just "different," Neanderthal surviving an ice age (and yes some did, as most with northern European ancestry are carrying a few of their genes), did all of those things they just didn't have the names for them. The only one that gives me pause is "remix media content," but I suppose if one person said there was a Mammoth over the hill and someone said there wasn't, it was over the next hill, that would in fact be "media content."
We just have to do it with the tools at hand and make changes as we go, Donald Rumsfeld said, "As you know, ah, you go to war with the army you have---not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time." We should keep that in mind with our planning we have to use what we have, and yes, we can hope for technological changes and make paradigm shifts, and get non-education class trained instructors, like me to say, "pedagogy." but unless we can get our ideas into practice we are spinning our wheels.
The first thing we need to do is to think of ways to use, modify or manipulate what we have. I just got an email from a student in my Sociology class [community college -older students) thanking me for the class, he is a quarter-horse trainer, one of the best in the USA, and was in class the day that it finally rained this summer and I took all my students out to dance in a circle in the rain. We must have looked rather silly to the rest of the college, but out of the class that is what he mentioned, "Maybe our paths will cross again, maybe we will dance in the rain." That was really augmented reality when we talked later about religion and ceremonies of cultures during droughts.
The point being, you are never to old to play, you are never to old to run/walk out of a college class and dance in a circle in the rain! Think creatively, use the "army" you have, the rest can come later.