I’d like to conclude this semester by looking at where I began. Upon being told to think critically I didn’t initially think it was something I would be able to do. Thinking critically was always a term I struggled with because I never knew how far thinking critically had to go. But after reading widely, listening to the thoughts and ideas of my peers and being able to discuss certain concepts and the impacts they have on real world scenarios, I not only felt inspired by certain topics but I found myself having an abundance of thoughts and ideas that trailed off from one thing to another to another. What one might call Rhizomatic thoughts.
I not only decided that thinking critically was the ability to think through ideas and concepts in a way I normally wouldn’t, but it was a combination of being able to discuss and engage as a group with ideas and concepts that together can change and alter the way we grow as a cohort and that have the power to bring together people from different walks of life because of the empowerment and the relationships formed that create new and life changing sensations. Along with this though I realized that thinking critically was something that I could actually do and I actually do, do without realizing.
And by coming to these conclusions I was able to change the initial uninformed perceptions I had of the course, of theory and of people I interacted with, which in part is an important part of maturing and progressing.
Having said that I think the trick in all this is that we have now as journalists established the skill, but learning how to apply it will be a challenge and one that will definitely keep life interesting.
One thing that I think links into these thoughts and that I haven’t really touched on is that of Swarm Politics. Swarm Politics, which can be identified as “the counter culture revolution”(Knife Party, Rayner, Roboson, 2010), “which saw the rhizomatic mesh work of loosely coordinated, loosely affiliated struggles of swarms of individuals. Their goals weren’t always complimentary but their struggles were aligned and together they staged a mass offensive to shatter the status quo” (Knife Party, Rayner, Roboson, 2010). As was mentioned in the video the “Coalition Of The Willing” the real lesson of the 60s was that a swarm offensive could transform cultures and change history in extraordinary ways (Knife Party, Rayner, Roboson, 2010).
I feel like in this way the ability to think critically as a group can really change the way we as a cohort make a difference, the way we are able to shatter the status quo with teachers and superiors and interact with superiors on a more sophisticated level, challenging them and really working with them to grow and develop. Additionally I feel like as a group we are more powerful then as one individual. As a group we have the opportunity to make history happen, we can change the way the Media Communications Course is received by outsiders, we can start the very first Media and Communications Society, we can change the way others think about us because together we can move and develop. Alone we are just on our own.
It just seems that the development of a Wikispace in one of our other media courses challenges what is normally thought of, of the Gen Y Cohort. What is normally thought of as the selfish self-indulgent generation, can now be thought of as the group that together works as a community to make a difference to everyone’s lives not just their own!
I feel like learning to think Critically and thinking about the power of Swarm Politics I have really progressed and transgressed to a place where I’m no longer only thinking about myself but I am thinking about others and learning to engage with everything and anything on a whole new level.
- Knife Party and Rayner, Tim and Robson, Simon 2010 Coalition Of The Willing < http://coalitionofthewilling.org.uk/>