The tedium of the term "digital immigrants" and "it's to do with age"
The debate at Channel 4 is currently heading off in a weird direction, that young people are 'consuming' media (they're not, they're creating it) and that the reason Old People don't use social media is that they can't use social media. It's not the case.
Matt's jumping in now and asking for some higher expectations in terms of media literacy: the fact that so many of the (largely middle-aged) audience know what media literacy and social media are is heartening. The fact that we have the silver surfer of the year talking at this summit shows what's possible. My not-quite-silver surfing mother (retired for several years now) is a Second Life junkie, Flickrer and blogger.
Ageism is something I can't stand: being too young or too old to understand/not understand how the world works. We do need more walkthroughs and handholding for all to get over the bump of understanding and engagement, says Matt. I agree. Where do these examples and walkthroughs go, though? Who leads on them? The Media Literacy Charter as an education tool?
Leon Cych has taken to the floor from the back seats and asks for more examples of Local Authorities using real Web 2.0 tools, not proprietary 'safe' tools that the kids just ignore, before going back to Bebo. I'd say, take a look at the non-proprietary stuff and huge adoption of social media going on in East Lothian.
Finally, a teacher is making the point that social networking is blocked because it "gets in the way" of what "we're trying to do". I can see his point, but I would frame it differently: we need to make sure social media is used in a relevant fashion in learning. Also, it mustn't just be something that is in the fiefdom of media studies or English teachers - this is an all round issue, to be learnt and tackled by all.