DIY Academy

The digital transformation promotes the open-access movement within academia. This revolution allows for the research and publication provided via the Internet to serve as references for one another. Information becomes intertwined on one outlet and it makes it easier for people to gain information. This all goes hand-in-hand with the idea of a user-generated culture that exists today. Ashley Dawson states that “academics need to assert our collective agency in establishing the contours of the digital future rather than allowing administrators and corporations to define that future for us.” I think that online publications are great and while some people may agree, others feel the opposite. I remember when I first learned about all of the databases that are connected to the Manhattanville website that made it easier to look up information for my papers. With this digital age, it was apparent that this would eventually become a popular tool for students especially to utilize. In another media class that I am taking we spoke about the positive and negative effects of having all of the information available in one place online. Many can make the argument that this expansion of information has overwhelmed our capacity to contain it. However, this idea of a universal library so to speak, where links of information can be connected allows us access to information that can be utilized as a reference to help produce works of our own. It allows room for creativity including future pieces of work and developing concepts.

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