Digital Literacy Essay

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In one of the first episodes of the Cracked podcast, Jason Pargin* spoke of generational gaps, and the loss of privacy. To paraphrase, he said you don’t see the generational gap when someone acts in a way you would not, the gap arises when someone deliberately goes out to do something that you couldn’t be forced to do (Pargin, 2014). In the context of digital literacy, new people are learning about digital media in new ways and reasons not envisioned before. This is to be a discussion of the evolving nature of digital literacy, and how we got here. *Jason is better known by his Pseudonym David Wong, authoring several enjoyable books, such as “John Dies at the End,” “Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits,” and “This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously Dude Don 't Touch It”.
The reason digital literacy has to change is because digital media and
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“Digital Literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills” (Visser, 2012). This is the web as many think of it; a democratic environment where content is created by users for users. Content being created by, shared, commented on, evaluated and recommended, all by users. In short it is a “read/write” web. A user can create content, this spurs another to comment, another reads the comment, and creates content based on the relationship between original content, and the comment. This goes on and on forming never before seen relationships between ideas. This can sound esoteric or turbulent, but it is a very natural way to interact with technology. While blogging is the prototypical example of this kind of experience, micro blogging platforms like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook have become the norm, as well as vlog (a portmanteau of the word “video” and the word “blog”, which is itself is a portmanteau of the word “web” and “log”) platforms like

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