MyLiteracies: Understanding the Net Generation through LiveJournals and Literacy Practices

April 9, 2007

The world of the Net Generation is one that is mediated by technologies that serve as shapers of identity. Social networking sites, a common technological tool for this generation, are reconfiguring how this generation reads, creates, and interprets texts. By integrating text and tool in a new way, social networking sites are transforming prior customs and practices of literacy. Dana J. Wilber explores this transformation in literacy practices as a theoretical lens for thinking about how we teach this new generation of students. Wilber offers an analysis of the blogging of one student on LiveJournal in order to evaluate the role of social networking sites in identity formation and in literacy practice.

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