Tag: literacy

When the Medium Throttles the Messenger: The New Web and Media Literacy

Both of the readings assigned for today discuss the impact of media as opposed to their contents, and the new relationships between media, creator, and consumer. Olia Lialina’s “Vernacular Web 2” spends time on the relationship between amateur internet users and their personal websites as a medium. Lialina further explores Web 2.0’s the new focus on creation through services. User…

Language, Writing, and Introspection

The readings for today – Walter Ong’s “Writing Restructures Consciousness” (Ch. 4) in Orality and Literacy, and Ursula Le Guin‘s speculative short story “The Author of the Acacia Seeds” – are both interested in parsing out what writing is, and how its use either shapes or is shaped by the inner lives of its authors and readers. There’s a lot…