Analysis of the DALN

The DALN (Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives) is an archive where students, teachers, etc. can put their own input, and their own works into the archive for others to see and use. Within the archive, a person is able to search for a special key word or tag to find specific works in the archive; for me, I looked up the word “computers,” and was able to pull up some interesting and useful works from students and people who put their input into the DALN. With my findings, I found about five different works that peaked my interest. These narratives within the archive have many things in common, such as they are personal stories of how they deal and have dealt with either growing up with computers, or dealing with the frustration of the technology. Many of these narratives are about how the computer technology can be frustrating, or can be something that the person have overcome. The things that are in common between all of these stories or narratives is that they tell a story of what they have experienced with technology, and how it has affected their lives. Another commonality between these narratives is that they have created these stories with different technologies that are from the computer. They all had to use different medias or softwares, that are programmed on the computer to create their works. Yet, there are many differences, such as the various softwares that they used to create their portrayal of using technology and the computer. Another difference is that each story is very different in their own individual ways; the way each person approached their narrative is very interesting because it shows how they think, work with technology, and it also displays how they can interact with the computer or any other technological media. Furthermore, the roles of culture within these narratives plays a huge part of these works that the different people and students have created. Some of the narratives are from over seas, but mainly the United States. The cultures all around the world are different, which makes the technology different. I must say, that I think that the technology in Europe, or countries like Europe have technology like the U.S. does. From listening and reading the narratives from the archive, I have concluded that many of them are from the United States; this means that most of them have the technology that is very common, such as a computer, etc. Culture plays a big part in how much technology one knows, and from this, each person is going to have a contrasting story to tell about their experience with technology, mainly the computer. In addition to all of this, I feel as though my own experience with technology connects to the people and students’ narratives that I have read, watched, and listened to. From growing up with a father that is a computer teacher, the literacy of a computer has come easily to me. I am able to adapt to different types of computers, such as a Dell to a MacBook. I feel as though from having this great aspect in my life that I am very lucky to be able to do this. Many of the narratives that I have read, watched, and listened, the people who created them seem to have been illiterate to the computer at some time or another, just as I was when I first started learning this technology with different softwares, medias, etc. I connect to those who cannot use a computer, or who have trouble with the computer because everyone and everything that deals with technology has their ups and downs, such as a computer freezing, to a total wipe-out of work that was done on the machine, like a Word document. These experiences have taught us, and still teach us how to use a computer on a daily basis; with the “hiccups” that the computer has everyday, such as going slow, and not functioning correctly, it is a learning process that enables the user to figure out what is going on, and then fix the error that the machine is producing. Overall, the DALN has a wide range of narratives that people and students use for them to put their works into an archive for others to see, use, and apply to their lives. The narratives and the topic of computers that I have chosen connect to my life is a huge way because of how much technology has influenced me within in my own life. With growing up with monitors galore in the house that I lived in, and going in to my father’s classroom that has computers at every desk, has created the computer to be a huge symbolic media in my life.



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