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OSI discussion: The Impact of the Internet on Democratic Culture, Institutions, and Engagement

Posted by nicholaspelafas on July 19, 2011

Over at the Open Society Institute, I found an interesting discussion entitled Through A Web Darkly: Does the internet spread Democracy or Ignorance?.  It deals with the melding landscapes of technology, information and government control.  I would recommend listening to it as it touches on some key issues being discussed in technology circles, but in terms of multi-literacy I think it really gives us some important things to think about.

One of the themes that arose on a couple of occasions was that of the ‘fragmentation of media platforms and experiences and their relationships to media literacy.’  Similarly, another panel member’s states that there are now different (yet specific) types of intermediaries for organizing information and directing attention.  What we are seeing then is that being literate is taking on an increasing number of forms and that the way we interact with these new literacies is determined in a growing number of ways.  In some cases, the way we adapt to these new literacies is determined by very specific key players, namely Google and Facebook (among others let influential ones).

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