Project New Media Literacies

December 30, 2008

Another new media white paper, this one from MIT’s Comparative Media Studies program. It “explores how we might best equip young people with the social skills and cultural competencies required to become full participants in an emergent media landscape and raise public understanding about what it means to be literate in a globally interconnected, multicultural world.”

The paper identifies the three challenges:

  • The participation gap
  • The transparency problem
  • The ethics challenge

And shares a list of skills needed for engagement in today’s participatory culture.

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One Response to “Project New Media Literacies”

  1. Melissa (Dorsey) McDowell Says:

    I notice they left out spelling. I realize languages evolve but if folks don’t start out in the New Media in the habit of using good spelling and grammar they will face communications barriers, especially with older users, that can’t always be overcome.

    I encountered this back in 2000, with a billing office clerk who was using SMS type abbreviations in emails to customers, it was her habit and she did not realize not everyone wrote that way. I’m not saying they have to use correct English all the time, but they need to know when they can get away with “ur” and when they need to use “you’re” or “your.”


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