Confession: I am a DIY Pinterest fan! Huge DIY Pinterest fan. I have over 318 “pins” just waiting to be created so when I read the title of our required reading this week, I was intrigued: Lankshear and Knobel (2008) Ch.1: DIY Media: A Contextual Background and Some Contemporary Themes. DIY in media? What is this? My first thoughts were Youtube videos, Photoshop, Garageband, iMovie Maker. You can use all of these resources to create your own DIY movies, music etc. And this was correct, but this chapter focused more on the “why” of DIY media.
Two main points towards the end of the reading were the “push” and “pull” of resources. Basically, a push model has everything provided for you. It has been well thought out and programmed. A pull model is created by many working together to create a needed resource. A pull model is collaborative. A pull model is learning while doing. You have a challenge or a problem put before you and you must work together to come up with a solution. I liked the description by lan.chen in Hypothesis:
The shift from “push” to “pull” is like the transition from “teacher-centered” to “student-centered”. – Sara Cheng