This forthcoming edited collection will present a cross-section of international scholars using these new digital genres to articulate their ideas to undergraduate and general audiences.
Listicles, explainers, memes, infographics, GIFs, Vines and many other novel digital genres and formats are now commonplace on the Internet. Despite their popularity, these vernacular modes of writing are often greeted with disdain within the hallowed halls of academe. Yet there is a long history of great thinkers making use of vernacular modes of expression to communicate serious ideas in popular ways, from the bawdy turns of Rabelais, to editorial cartoons, to the pamphlets of the 18th century. Moreover, many contemporary styles which may seem new, such as the listicle, have a long historical legacy.
My reaction, in short:
Talk about being a public scholar. It reminded me of the AERA Writing and Literacies SIG Pecha Kucha we held a our business meeting last year. Those were some of the most articulate, convincing, and impassioned talks I had heard all week.
So, this has me thinking…and I’d love to talk with you about your experiences using new media to communicate complex ideas (your own and/or with your students).
Please join me for an informal #literacies chat on Thursday, 2/4 at 9PM ET to discuss some of these questions. And please feel free to comment with some additional questions you’d like to address:
- How have your students reacted to being asked to use new media to communicate in a formal school setting?
- What challenges/insights have you found in the processes of compressing ideas to a meme, a list, a GIF?
- What kinds of reactions have you received from scholarly new media you have created and distributed?