Old Media is Text-Centric; New Media is a Collage

Modern literacy has always meant being able to both read and write narrative in the media forms of the day, whatever they may be. Just being able to read is not sufficient.

For centuries, this has meant being able to consume and produce words through reading and writing and, to a lesser extent, listening and speaking. But the world of digital expression has changed all of this in three respects:

  • New media demand new literacies. Because of inexpensive, easy-to-use, widely distributed new media tools, being literate now means being able to read and write a number of new media forms, including sound, graphics, and moving images in addition to text.
  • New media coalesce into a collage. Being literate also means being able to integrate emerging new media forms into a single narrative or "media collage," such as a Web page, blog, or digital story. That is, students need to be able to use new media collectively as well as individually.
  • New media are largely participatory, social media. Digital literacy requires that students have command of the media collage within the context of a social Web, often referred to as Web 2.0. The social Web provides venues for individual and collaborative narrative construction and publication through blogs and such services as MySpace, Google Docs, and YouTube. As student participation goes public, the pressure to produce high-quality work increases.


General literacy means being able to read and write the media forms of the day, which currently means being able to construct an articulate, meaningful, navigable media collage. The most common media collage is the Web page, but a number of other media constructs also qualify, including videos, digital stories, mashups, stand-and-deliver PowerPoint presentations, and games and virtual environments, to name a few.


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Web 2.0 (0.956074): dbpedia | freebase | yago
World Wide Web (0.755854): dbpedia | freebase | yago
Literacy (0.729609): dbpedia | freebase
Social media (0.724616): dbpedia | freebase
Advertising (0.635285): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
Multimedia literacy (0.605214): dbpedia
Blog (0.582614): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
Mass media (0.578622): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc

 Orchestrating the Media Collage
Periodicals>Magazine Article:  Ohler, Jason , Orchestrating the Media Collage, Educational Leadership, March 2009 | Volume 66 | Number 6 Literacy 2.0 Pages 8-13, Retrieved on 2016-02-25
Folksonomies: media creativity collage


25 FEB 2016

 Education: Creativity

Folksonomies: education creativity
Folksonomies: education creativity