DIGITAL POVERTY AND VET can vet learners afford to learn online?
Time-pressured learners adopt "a task oriented information habitus ... in which waste avoidance is their primary role" (2009, p. 492).
Compare with learners who are unencumbered by the same spatial-temporal urgencies and are, therefore, more inclined to reap the benefits of a playful, open and explorative disposition towards online participation - skhole.
They froze, hoping that the wet black cage of branches overhead would hide them. The growl of the airship faded and then rose again, circling. "Shrike can see us," whispered Hester, staring up at the blind, white fog. "I can feel him watching us..."
"No, no," Tom insisted. "If we can't see the airship, how can he see us? It stands to reason..."
But high overhead the Resurrected Man tunes his eyes to ultra-red and switches on his heat sensor and sees two glowing human shapes amid the soft grey static of the trees. "TAKE ME CLOSER," he orders. (Reeve 2001, p. 139)
The hatch opens and Shrike stalks out. His green eyes sweep from side to side until he finds what he is looking for. A rag of white fabric from a torn shirt, soggy with rain, half buried in mud. "HESTER SHAW WAS HERE," he tells the Out-Country at large, and begins sniffing for her scent. (Reeve 2001, p. 81)
What should he do now? The next train went at seven; if he were to catch that he would have to rush like mad and the collection of samples was still not packed, and he did not at all feel particularly fresh and lively. And even if he did catch the train he would not avoid his boss’s anger as the office assistant would have been there to see the five o’clock train go, he would have put in his report about Gregor’s not being there a long time ago. The office assistant was the boss’s man, spineless, and with no understanding. What about if he reported sick? But that would be extremely strained and suspicious as in fifteen years of service Gregor had never once yet been ill. His boss would certainly come round with the doctor from the medical insurance company, accuse his parents of having a lazy son, and accept the doctor’s recommendation not to make any claim as the doctor believed that no-one was ever ill but that many were workshy. And what’s more, would he have been entirely wrong in this case? Gregor did in fact, apart from excessive sleepiness after sleeping for so long, feel completely well and even felt much hungrier than usual.
The time would not pass. Somebody was playing with the clocks, and not only with the electric clocks but the wind-up kind, too. The second hand on my watch would twitch once, and a year would pass, and then it would twitch again. There was nothing I could do about it. As an Earthling, I had to believe whatever the clocks said – and calendars. (Vonnegut 1969, p. 26)
'essentially mosaics made up of a whole bunch of tiny little chips...and each chip is a joke' (Vonnegut & Allen, 2003, p. 91).
I find it very difficult when the trail ... it's like a whole... so you're having to jump, "Oh, what was it that person said?" and having to go all the way back up to read it. You know, it's not always easy to follow the train of thought, especially when you then get somebody popping in and it pops in between the middle of it. And you're thinking "Well, what's that doing there?" It's different people's thoughts and you can't follow it. You think, "What's that got to do with that?" And that I find that very difficult. I don't work that way and so visually I find it very confusing and if that happens then I just switch off.
You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. (Wachowski and Wachowski 1999, The Matrix)
"Hyperreality tricks consciousness into detaching from any real emotional engagement, instead opting for artificial simulation, and endless reproductions of fundamentally empty appearance" (Idalovichi 2014, p. 640).