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Mode / Content / Meaning = Technology / Text / Literacy

At the great risk of oversimplifying everything we’ve learned, I am taking away from this course the idea that: Technology = Mode/Medium Text = Content Literacy = Ability or process of creating meaning from the technology/text (or mode/content) I tried … Continue reading

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Storytelling with Web 2.0 Tools: A New Genre?

The Beginning “Web 2.0 storytelling: the emergence of a new genre” by Alexander and Levine begins provocatively. In the past, according to the authors, stories had “a beginning, a middle, and a cleanly wrapped up ending” (p. 40) and were … Continue reading

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Rainbows A Storify of some recent rainbows. Enjoy!

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Contradictions of Digital Literacy

I am interested in exploring some of the contradictions of digital literacy that are suggested by the article ““Multiliteracies”: New Literacies, New Learning.” Written by Cope and Kalantzis in 2009, the article revisits the New London Group’s influential article “A … Continue reading

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Early Print Culture in South Asia

Hi everyone, Please take a look at my web essay on the Early Print Culture of South Asia at Thanks, Arlene

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Farewell to Fixity: The Virtual Library Fantasy

In “The Virtual Library: An Idea Whose Time Has Passed,” cultural historian James J. O’Donnell challenged the ideal of a virtual library. The present-day version of this ideal – a universal, digital library that includes all the world’s literature from … Continue reading

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The Unknown

Hart Seely at Slate Magazine has created found poetry from speech transcripts of various U.S. political figures… Sarah Palin, Donald Rumsfeld, and others.  The example from Donald Rumsfeld below is reproduced in the Wikipedia entry for found poetry, which is what … Continue reading

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They are Us

“They mediate our actions? No, they are us.” –Bruno Latour, “On Technical Mediation: Philosophy, Sociology, Genealogy.” Common Knowledge 3: 2 (1994) pp. 29-64. These are the final words in Latour’s essay referenced above. The “they” he refers to are … Continue reading

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