An Alternative Tension Pair

Dave Cormier’s alternative pairing is a helpful way to broaden Dave White’s Resident – Visitor continuum. There are a number of pairs that could potentially introduce a different perspective; two options is a bit restrictive when faced with such a deep topic as this one. For instance, I think consumption and participation might be interesting to explore in detail.

I personally found it challenging at times to force fit certain tools on the continuum, particularly for a complex contextual topic like digital culture and identity; however, Cormier’s analogue and digital map allows us to see what still exists in analogue format and examine how we define our relationship both independently and in relation to the other. Questions arose for me, such as: Are the boundaries loose or well-defined? Do I consider the digital activities to be more valuable or effective than the analogue, and why? What role does values and beliefs play?

For example, when reflecting on my online banking I realized that even if my digital experience is not fantastic, it would take a lot for me to switch back to analogue. My expectations are not high with respect to my user experience, so as long as I continue to be able to complete my banking fairly efficiently online, I would never consider walking into a branch. I discovered that I have a strong preference for convenience and this preference directly affects my digital choices and expectations.


Cormier, D. (2018, March). Digital practices mapping: Intro activity for digital literacies course [blog post], Accessed on April 25, 2021 from:

2 thoughts on “An Alternative Tension Pair”

  1. Lisa,
    I cannot agree with you more! Our choice to go digital versus analogue is defined by convenience. That being said, as an avid reader, one of my inner battles has been attempting to step away from paper books and enter the realm of e-books. I’ve tried Applebooks, audiobooks, and a Kobo, but I continuously go back to paper books. Digital reading options are convenient, cost-effective, and instantaneous. However, I return to the expensive and time-consuming world of leisurely perusing the bookstore and returning home with a physical treasure or two in hand. It makes me wonder if it is possible to be fully immersed in a digital space, or if components of the analogue space are more permanent than we might predict?
    – Amber

  2. Amber, I appreciate your insights. I have not transitioned to e-books either as I still really enjoy the tactile experience of holding a book and turning the pages. As convenient as an e-book may be, I prefer to lug around a physical book. In saying that, most of my daily reading is in a digital format. My book purchases have become indulgencies as I am also conscious of the environmental impact. You’ve posed an intriguing question, thank you.

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