Media + Digital + More = Trans ?

When I talk about transliteracy, people often ask whether it's the same as media literacy. Less frequently, they ask whether it's the same as digital literacy. I think it's both of those and more, but I'm trying to compose a simple answer to the question. I'm interested in your thoughts on whether the following equation makes sense…

Media Literacy
'The ability to access, understand and create communications in a variety of contexts.' (Ofcom, 2003)
Digital Literacy
'The ability to understand and use information in multiple formats from a wide range of sources when it is presented via computers.' (Gilster, 1997)
More (help needed with this section!)
A sense of history, culture, production and interaction. But also less, because it is not just about computer-based materials, but all communication types from body language and scratching in the sand with a stick etc. Hmm, is digital literacy just too narrow to even be included?
'The ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms and tools from orality through print, TV, radio and film, to networked digital media.' (PART, 2006)

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4 thoughts on “Media + Digital + More = Trans ?

  1. Lots of thoughts here! I got a little stuck on that Ofcom definition… as I understand it, the term media literacy has traditionally been used to discuss one-way push media, rather than the participatory or interactive media that translit is concerned with. But the Ofcom definition seems much looser than that – too loose really, I’m wondering what that would leave to be just ‘literacy’?
    But media literacy does normally include many elements of history and cultural theory, so perhaps they aren’t also needed in the ‘more’ section?
    This definition of digital literacy noticably does not include production, while media literacy does. So the equation makes sense to me: ML covers the culture, history and production, while DL covers the participatory…

  2. Abominable Snowman 2.0

    In a previous entry, Sue set up an equation “Media + Digital + More = TransLiteracy” and wondered how to fill in the “more”. Well, a fascinating piece of ephemera2.0 just floated up on to several of my feed readers….

  3. Update: we have recently revised the definition of transliteracy as:
    ‘the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks’
    Further suggestions welcome!

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