Marc Prentsky, who coined the term digital natives back in 2001, wrote in 2009 an article where he tries to move away from the “native” VS “immigrant” dichotomy. Prentsky introduces a concept, digital wisdom, and to define it he seeks to find those areas in which our traditional wisdom fails us and see how digital technologies can help. Prentsky believes digital technologies can not only make us smarter but truly wiser, and a main component of this new digitally-defined wisdom is the acceptance of digital enhancements as an integral part of human existence. Thus digitally-wise people are both wiser in their use of digital enhancements to complement innate abilities and in the way these enhancements are used to facilitate wiser decision making(I). Prentsky does not try to answer what digital wisdom is but rather goes on to describe various scenarios exemplary of people being digitally wise.
What do you think is digital wisdom? I’d like to take a jab at answering a part of this question by trying to extrapolate from some of the examples provided by Prentsky and some others I have thought of myself, and trying to find what is common in all of them. In other words, what do all digitally wise people do that links them together? Here are my 2-cents:digitally wise people make good use of available data.
One of the characteristics of the world of today is the amount of data produced. Chris Anderson(II)describes how all this innumerable amount of data has been used to challenge the established research methodology. I think the existence of data surplus is one of the defining characteristics of the times we’re living in. Realizing this is part of being digitally wise. What I mean is that someone who is digitally wise is aware of the methods of information production and dissemination and they work with them to achieve their goals. Finding utility in all the data is also part of being digitally wise.
So, what do you think it means to be digitally wise? Can you contribute to trying to define digital wisdom?