Calling smartphone equipped teenagers 'digital natives' is a mistake because a smartphone makes you a consumer rather than a native of anything.

If you want a child to become a digital native give them an actual computer instead of a corporate controlled and curated consumer device.


Yes a hundred times over. Been thinking about this in the background a lot, and hadn't found words for it.

@deejoe @polychrome

As much as I agree with the sentiment, I try to find terms that won't put a person I'm trying to educate on defense. Once people who are being used by a system feel called out, they stop listening and considering options other than their default reality.



I'd settle for however we can deconstruct "digital native" in a way that reveals the exploitative system for which it carries water.


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