Words Come before Seeing – Technology Literacy Narrative Reflection

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But there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but words can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it. The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled.

—–John Berger Ways of Seeing

In my technology literacy narrative, I discussed how technology has influenced and challenged our ways of seeing, our ways of communication, and thus our ways of life. The different “rhetorical situations” between conventional media and new media prompted me to realize that technology allows strangers to converge and interact with each other. Its anonymous nature gives birth to a relationship that is free from one’s look, background and social status, i.e., materialistic identity. Whereas in most cases seeing comes before words, new media now enables words to come before seeing.

I took a different approach of incorporating argumentative writing in my literacy narrative. While bearing certain analytical and educational functions, the argumentative portion implied the gradual change of my psychological state and my insight. The narrative portion was presented as the evidence to my views for new media and new media writing. Despite this peculiar structure, the article still flew within a timeline.

The monologic quality of the passage guided me to reflect upon how I perceived the role technology had in my thinking and my life path. To be specific, the philosophy new media embodies corresponds to my pursuit and my ambition of becoming someone who could efficiently give resources to those in need.

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