So, while trying to think of what to blog about, a conversation that me and a friend of mine had a couple weeks ago while setting up for Church. First off, the space we meet in is not in fact our space, so we have to haul in all of our sound equipment and set up every week. This usually involves several large carts filled with cables, huge subs, mains and LOTS of cables, as well as a box full of microphones. As we were talking about our usually nerdy stuff, one of us (I don't really remember who, could have been me) pointed out that what we were doing required highly specialized skills and knowledge, and we were doing it without even thinking about what we were doing. Most people don't know what any of this is, let alone how to set it up or use it.
This got me thinking, surely we are not the only people with specialized skill sets that we have based purely on our interests, not necessarily something we learned in one of our major classes. I am sure everyone reading this has some sort of specialized skill or knowledge they have developed without realizing how specialized it is. They also have those circle of friends, be it in real life or on the internet where outsiders wouldn't be able to understand any of the conversation. We have specialized language that we use that most people wouldn't understand, for example, me and my friends will talk about pre-amps, XLR cables, 1/4" cables, snakes (not the slithering animal), frequencies and how to use the EQ to eliminate feedback. Chances are most of you won't understand half of that, but thats my point, and that is why I think this relates to Digital Literacies.
Each of our specialized skills, and knowledge probably come with a set of technical terms, or jargon. I think this is partially due to the internet and vast amount of knowledge at our fingertips that we can search through and educate ourselves on topics that interest us, and therefore accumulate this specialized knowledge and skills.