Going native: Reaching out to "digital natives" through their new forms of literacy Kristine Stewart & Katherine AdamsMissouri Library Association Annual ConferenceOctober 3, 2012
Literacy Literacy in a traditional sense, is the “ability to read and (sometimes) to write” James Paul Gee, 2009 • Text-based • Consumption
E-Literacy Something created by “digital natives” Literacy, in a non-print environment. Includes: Texts IM Blogging Wikis Tweets Social networking
“Digital Natives” Millenniums Born between 1980 and 1995
Internet age& “Digital natives” People express themselves in the same ways BUT… there is an extension of the real world in which they express themselves Digital World
Challenging embedded meanings and assumptions in information sources. Critical Literacy Anderson, Gary L., and Patricia Irvine. 1993. Informing critical literacy with ethnography. In Critical literacy: Politics, praxis, and the postmodern. Eds. Colin Lankshear and Peter L. McLaren. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 81-104.
Implications of literacy in information landscape • Information Timeline
Life Cycle of Information Floridi, 2010
Seeing is believing “They cut to what is supposed to be live footage of a female reporter, encased in a protective suit, standing in front of the ruins of the Justice Building in 13. Through her mask, she reports that unfortunately a study has just today determined that the mines of District 13 are still too toxic to approach. End of story. But just before they cut back to the main newscaster, I see the unmistakable flash of that same mockingjay’s wing. The reporter has simply been incorporated into the old footage. She’s not in District 13 at all. Which begs the question, “What is?” Collins, Suzanne. Catching fire. New York: Scholastic Press, 2009. Print. p.162-3
Our Role • Coming to us because they were told to, not necessarily because they think we know anything
There’s an app for that… Image source: Smiles for a Lifetime. (2012). Retrieved frpm http://bit.ly/SqmYz5
Filter Bubble Effect The Filter Bubble Effect
Teaching critical evaluation in the context of the news and media resources they consume Not just text based literacies anymore Audio Visual Media Image Source: Howley, S. (2011, June 10). Media literacy analysis. Retrieved from http://cmlassignmentuon.blogspot.com/
Evaluation “I learned that bias is unavoidable with news media. You just have to be aware of it in every source you watch/read.” “I learned how to look more closely at the source of the information and whether or not it is biased based on who is reporting the news.” “I feel that it is useful in determining how credible a source might be when we consider the values and beliefs of the major companies such as Disney and CBS who control what the people of America and the world see on a daily basis” “Show the same story as broadcasted on MSNBC, FOX and CNN”.