New literacies in a digital world

Multitasking has become ubiquitous among digital youth.

I feel never bored as long as I hold my little iPhone on my hand. I can learn, share and connect 24/7 in a web 2.0 world. Although I do enjoy exploring the new technologies, I was never inclined to learn the story behind the new shift from web 1.0 to web 2.0 and how the shift affects us. It is more than just embracing new technologies, but there is a paradigm shift, new literacies for multicultural society and global culture, that we must embrace and comprehend first.

In Sampling “the New” in New Literacies, “In sync” and “Online literacies” captured my eyes. They are related to the core concept of “New literacies” that arise from new technologies. They are important puzzle pieces to understand the big picture of how new literacies and new technologies work together in cyberspace where we participate in writing and editing today.

What is literacy? Is it simply the ability to read and write? I was confident in living alone and going to college when I just moved to Colorado from Seoul, Korea in 2002. Of course I could read and write, but my ego was crushed in less than a day unfortunately. It was not only being unable to speak fluent english, but also having lack of cultural intelligence. Now I am a proud Coloradan, and I can write a great story about life in Colorado because now I understand literacies from a sociocultural perspective means that reading and writing can only understood in the contexts of social, cultural, political, economic and historical practices. I believe that being a great storyteller requires paying attention to what’s happening in this world today.

Let’s face it. The world is changing faster than at any time in human history. What we believe that is right today could be wrong tomorrow. Digital storytelling approach that is compelling today could be unattractive tomorrow. How can you lead the trends in digital storytelling rather than fall behind? What are core values or perspectives that will never change in storytelling? Start your journey to find the right answers for you!

Helpful resources for storytellers

Storytelling | Ted Talks, https://www.ted.com/topics/storytelling
New Literacies Research Team, www.newliteracies.uconn.edu
Storytelling online tool | http://storybird.com/