Confident Idiots

Dunning starts off his article talking about a segment from a late night talk to that millions of people have seen either when it aired, through reruns, and on the internet. He uses this segment to introduce his research in a way that makes it easier for us to understand. He shows how it isn’t the people’s knowledge on a subject, real or otherwise, that makes them claim to know about a made up thing, but the confidence of the person. The article then brings in American Author William Feather as well as a paper him and a colleague published in 1999 to further his point that it isn’t people knowledge on a subject or lack thereof, but their inability to realize how incompetent they are on a topic. Dunning connects this theory, called the Dunning-Kruger effect, to the 2008 Financial meltdown saying it was people’s ignorance of the housing market that caused it. This furthers his point that this effect can find its way into any subject matter because as long as there is knowledge in a specific field to learn, some people will fake that knowledge so they don’t have to admit they have no clue. But you may think this doesn’t apply to you, however, Dennings says that this problem of “unrecognized ignorance” is a problem that affects us all as a result of clutter in our heads. Another big part of the article shows how to fight this ignorance we are born with both in schools, using the Socratic method, and harder places to fight such as the internet and news media.

McSweeney Assignment

The two articles use humor to show how the younger generations are relying more on technology and social media and less on reading and school work. Although doing it in a joking way, these articles show how schools should work social media and the use of the computers more into their everyday classes. Another thing these articles do is, also show the negative uses of technology and the internet, such as drunk texting or explaining “why you aren’t like your scumbag friend”. It does this to show the need for positive uses for things that have become a crucial part of our everyday lives. However, even with using these fake and humorous assignments we still see how the internet can become a writing tool for learning to write public speeches, emails, and letters. The articles names some of the websites on the ever-growing list of social media domains, showing more and more ways to get information, share it, and publish your work on. Not only does it show uses for the internet but also other forms of technological mediums such as texting and emails. The articles show how teachers shouldn’t fear social media but should embrace it as an untap source for the transporting information. Putting information on the internet is one of the fastest ways to be noticed and to spread your thoughts to a larger audience than just the classroom. By making pages on these websites you can create hubs for students to safely write and share their work, so they can grow as both writers and readers, as well as connected with students throughout the country and the world.  Also I feel one thing this article does besides show the potential uses for social media as a learning device is show what happens if we rely on it too much, it calls reading stupid and dangerous. So although I feel using these tools is a good way to enhance learning, an over reliance on it would do more harm than good.