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ERIC Number: EJ880108
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
Teaching Ethical Know-How in New Literary Spaces
Luce-Kapler, Rebecca; Sumara, Dennis; Iftody, Tammy
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v53 n7 p536-541 Apr 2010
The proliferation of digital media and social networking software highlighted the need for scholars to identify what has been coined "New Literacies". This thinking recognizes that being literate in a digitized world means navigating and interpreting multiple contexts and complex interactions of identification as people communicate, interact, and collaborate in online spaces according to their own needs and interests. As with all practices associated with new technologies, literacies and practices developed with previous technologies influence how people engage those emerging technologies. In a media-saturated world where real people's narratives are presented in fictional structures, in what may be called "new literary spaces," readers are responding to those narratives using literary practices without necessarily considering that these are not fictional characters but real people, a situation that demands a different kind of ethic. In other words, people are employing the practices learned through reading fiction and identifying with fictional characters as they respond to stories about real people. In this article, the authors argue that there is a need to bring an awareness of the ethics of such identification to students. They describe an infamous case, the "Star Wars Kid" which elaborates this concern and discuss how to teach ethical know-how in new literary spaces.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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