Posts Tagged ‘Media Literacy’

An interview with “Bill”?

November 13th, 2009 No comments

Blogger Francis Heaney posted an interview that he claims to have had with “Bill” about his flash mobs. Bill’s interview answers seem to agree with what we read in Wasik’s And Then There’s This, but I still questioned the validity of the interview. After some Googling, I found Heaney to be the author of a few books. He blogs for Stay Free! Daily at, a collection of blogs claiming to be an online magazine (“blog-azine”?) voicing media and consumer culture criticisms. Not a big-name publication, but the site’s content does seem to support some of the views we just read.

Heaney does appear to be from Brooklyn – local, as far as proximity to the original flash mob goes. Whether the interview is legitimate or not, it’s interesting to see a blogger that took interest in the origins of the flash mob.

I read through a few of the posts on Stay Free! Daily’s site and found a post by “carrie” on January 19, 2009 titled “YouTube, the Search Engine?” I had trouble linking to the individual post, but here’s an excerpt that seemed relevant to some of our recent discussions:

“This New York Times story about about the use of YouTube as a search engine caught my eye. Apparently, people — particularly kids — are using YouTube as their primary search engine for research projects, news, and other information. The Times paints this trend as the inevitable march of technology but I can’t help but see it as the devolution of our collective brain. What we don’t get in this story in the fact that defaulting to video-only search is, um, pretty stupid. While I can understand why a 9-year old would do it, you’ve got to wonder where his teachers are to give him a basic lesson in media literacy: video and text communicate differently and each has its strengths and weaknesses.”

This is the original New York Times article. Her last comment about the strengths and weaknesses of video and text to communicate information seems all too familiar.

What would she have to say about my reliance on a Google search for information about Francis Heaney?

Collaborative Essay Structure

November 11th, 2009 No comments

After sifting through the collaborative essay structures that you sent me, the consensus reveals itself in the below structure. I have summarized your ideas and added some further suggestions for subjects to be discussed in each section. Each section will, I think, require some additional research to make it thorough, but that is a good thing:

general consensus that we should build on and revise Anthony’s introduction; here we also need at least a brief introduction/definition of new media

Literature Review
general consensus that this is where we introduce the frame texts (Selber, Kress, Brooke, Jenkins, and I would add Wesch on YouTube in here) to provide an historical perspective on the main questions: What is literacy? The goal of the rest of the paper is going to be to building to an understanding of how new media challenges that understanding.

Case Study #1: Blogging
Discussion of blogging and its literacy practices, including both examples of and—and this is the most important part—how one constructs such spaces. This is the largest of the case studies.

Case Study #2: Microblogging
Discussion of twitter and its literacy practices, including both examples of and—and this is the most important part—how one constructs such spaces (including the 3rd party app community, API, and cellular usages)

Case Study #3: Video and Remix
Discussion of YouTube and remix culture, including both examples of and—and this is the most important part—how one constructs such spaces (including copyright, intellectual property, Creative Commons, and idea of video as a text)

Case Study #4: Video Games
Discussion video games (1 video game would be best) and its literacy practices, including the games as texts but also how users construct such spaces through their interaction

Case Study #5: Information Processing
Here is the real Web 2.0 discussion, where we think about how we understand, organize, structure, and deal with the massive amounts of information out there. Examples to think about using are We Feel Fine, RSS readers, and so on)

Conclusion, or What To Make of This?
This is going to reveal itself after we put together the other sections, but it will also need to include a brief discussion of the kinds of things that are not covered so that readers understand that it is a limited discussion (that the limited space of the article does not allow for a lager discussion).

We’ll discuss this in class tonight and will divvy up the responsibilities for each section.