Response to L&K – Week3, Chapter 3: “New” Literacies: Technologies and Values

new Literacies

New Literacies: Everyday Practices and Social Learning by Colin Lankshear and Michele Knobel, is divided into 3 parts;

  • Part 1: New Literacies: Concepts and Theory
  • Part 2: New Literacies: Some Everyday Practices
  • Part 3: New Literacies and Social Learning

Below is my response to Chapter 3, which falls under Part 1.

This chapter presented a lot of information on the ever changing and evolution of new literacies. At the beginning of the chapter L&K compared the life-span of a new literacy to the life-span of a car.  As I was starting to read this chapter, I realized  that this was how I thought the life-span of a new literacy was. L&K moved away from this comparison to get the reader to better understand how new literacies change over time by introducing a better way of thinking about how outside forces are the driving forces for the changes in new literacies.

As the needs and demands for a way to create, share, use, and utilize a new literacy change and evolve, so does the new literacy.  The community that consumes and uses a literacy dictates how that literacy will change over time. If the literacy doesn’t meet the needs of the community that uses it either an additional new literacy will come to be or the one that failed to meet the needs will evolve in a way that will meet the needs.  If a new literacy was all encompassing and always met every need, our world would become stagnant, eventually boring, in my opinion.

New literacies promote creative ideas and different ways of thinking. Communities that use them are engaged with each other and as ideas are shared new ones come up and the evolution of that literacy takes shape. This is fascinating to me. Simply having a new literacy is not enough, people want bigger and better, which ultimately changes the new literacies of today to become the new literacies of tomorrow. I love that a lot of this change and creativity happen on its own, because of public consumption and demand.  Using these literacies is not usually something that is taught, its a learned skill. Once someone has invested their time in learning it, they are engaged with it. When someone is engaged, creativity and sharing happens and the cycle continues on.

Basic literacies of reading and writing really couldn’t evolve, but having them had encouraged, supported, and allowed for the evolution of these new literacies.

No,  not all the users are directly involved with the evolution, in fact it’s probably a small percentage, but the creative minds of that small percentage develop amazing products that these communities embrace and use as to create, share, and to find meaning. The cycle then continues when the products need to evolve and change again.


2 thoughts on “Response to L&K – Week3, Chapter 3: “New” Literacies: Technologies and Values

  1. Hi Amelia! You know, I wonder if all users actually are involved in the evolution. The examples of Google and Amazon developing around the contributions of their users(unbeknownst to the users of course). And, on a more overt level, crowd sourcing sites are playing an ever growing role in development. It seems the idea that knowledge isn’t centralized but shared among the many might be also be true with regards to the evolution of these ‘new’ literacies.

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  2. Amelia, I enjoyed your response. I too enjoy the creativity that fuels the evolution of new literacies. With the use of the internet and networking, its almost as if it’s like the universe – forever expanding from the inside out. I think one of the positive byproducts of ever expanding literacies is the unification across borders and cultures. People today can connect with people all over the globe, despite language barriers, by utilizing the literacies they have in common. I mean, the one thing we are learning for certain in this course is that digital stories do not require words.

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