This is how my professor at Brock describes my course:

“This online course addresses new media literacy from a two-fold perspective: 1) as practical training in a basic repertoire of skills and tools essential to functioning in new media environments and 2) as critical analytical training in the key issues and theories related to the contemporary information age. Students are thus required to think critically about new media and to situate its practices and tools within broader social contexts through learning and using the very tools which are the object of study.  This form of engaged and reflective pedagogy not only allows students to acquire practical skills and a foundation in the theories and issues related information age post-industrial society but enables them to do so in a manner that requires self-directed research, training, collaboration, and critique.”

So those are some pretty interesting questions right? A short list of the writers I will be responding to in the first two weeks alone include Jenkins, Lievrouw, Lunenfeld, Rheingold and Turkle, who are big names in the field. So I invite my classmates and other readers to learn with me as I try to get a feel for these big concepts, and maybe even add a little bit to the conversation myself!


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