Hi there tout la gang,

We don't have much to say about research in practice at the Café right now

but we are talking policy and practice over here now: Literacy Enquirers.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

new literacies in the blogosphere

Michele Knobel and Colin Lankshear have a blog called
everyday literacies that "explores and comments on everyday practices of producing and consuming texts of whatever kind in meatspace and cyberspace."
You can download their new book A New Literacies Sampler.
Here is the table of contents:

  1. Sampling “the New” in New Literacies by Colin Lankshear & Michele Knobel
  2. “You Won’t Be Needing Your Laptops Today”: Wired Bodies in the Wireless Classroom by Kevin M. Leander
  3. Popular Websites in Adolescents’ Out-of-School Lives: Critical Lessons on Literacy by Jennifer C. Stone
  4. Agency and Authority in Role-Playing “Texts” by Jessica Hammer
  5. Pleasure, Learning, Video Games, and Life: The Projective Stance by James Paul Gee
  6. Digital Design: English Language Learners and Reader Reviews in Online Fiction by Rebecca W. Black
  7. Blurring and Breaking through the Boundaries of Narrative, Literacy, and Identity in Adolescent Fan Fiction by Angela Thomas
  8. Looking from the Inside Out: Academic Blogging as New Literacy by Julia Davies & Guy Merchant
  9. Online Memes, Affinities, and Cultural Production by Michele Knobel & Colin Lankshear
  10. New Literacies Cynthia Lewis
P.S. - What is a meme?

The term meme (rhyming with theme) refers to a "unit of cultural information" which can propagate from one mind to another. Examples of memes: tunes, catch-phrases, beliefs, clothes fashions, ways of making pots, or of building arches. A meme propagates itself as a unit of cultural evolution and diffusion — acting in many ways similar to the behavior of the gene. Read more at Wikipedia.

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