First Screening – Computer Poems by bpNichol

A project to recover some of the earliest computer-based poetry by one of Canada's finest poets has just been completed by Jim Andrews, Geof Huth, Lionel Kearns, Marko Niemi and Dan Waber. It is a fine example of how to recover and return lost work, and they offer a variety of original and emulated versions. As the intro text makes clear, the business of archiving electronic writing is still terribly underdiscussed, despite this being an issue that most digital writers will face… "O ye digital poets: the past of the art is in your hands and it is you who must recover and maintain it."
Computer Poems
by bpNichol

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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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Participatory Media Literacy

Hello all! I just checked the transliteracies project blog at UCSB and note that it is all about reading online in different ways. To me, literacies are two-way — they include skills in creating as well as consuming. To that end, I've been compiling resources about participatory media literacies on a wiki. Sue has been adding transliteracy material. If anyone is interested in write privileges there, let me know.

Are you Digitally Literate?

During the preparation for a class I'm giving this week, I came across the Microsoft Digital Literacy Certificate Test. If nothing else, it helps us understand what Microsoft define as the qualities of digital literacy. (I should say that these questions come at the end of a lengthy online course, the Microsoft Digital Literacy Curriculum.) Can only be viewed in IE, naturally. There are 30 questions. I'll give it a go later. Anyone else care to have a try?

Women, Business and Blogging Conference Friday 8 June 2007

label_rea-thumb.jpgCome to the Women, Business and Blogging Conference on Friday 8 June 2007 at De Montfort University to find out how blogging by women and for women builds networks, improves customer reach, monetizes creativity and infuses your business with Web 2.0 goodness!
Hear Jory Des Jardins from BlogHer and Meg Pickard from AOL talk about why women writers and readers are so important in the blogosphere. There'll also be small group sessions, a panel discussion, and a Birds of a Feather (BoF) session bringing together like-minded individuals. If your business is blogging, you can't afford to miss this event. Full details and registration
PART researchers are involved in this conference and we're expecting to see some transliteracy in action 🙂

Go wild in the hypercountry

Over on TNN I recently noted Jill Walker's concept of a feral hypertext. She has just added some further information about the subject to her blog: jill/txt what is feral hypertext?
I find the notion appealing. Her intent is, in many ways, to look at activities such as tagging as a form of uncontrolled social hypertext. From a transliteracy perspective, I think it hints that web2.0 is creating shifts in our understanding of web literacy that only become clear over time. There have been no end of debates about whether the web is "truly" a hypertext. Jill's insight stirs the pot rather nicely. A tag cloud is nothing but a list of links with some basic formatting. Due to Vander Wal's initial framing of tagging in terms of "folksonomy" we have tended to think of tagging as a form of categorisation. Tag clouds however hint towards narrative and identity and Jill's notion of feral hypertext perhaps hints at one way to approach this.
Fascinating stuff, if you ask me.

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Wikipedia elites?

There's been a bit of debated in the blogosphere about a blog entry claiming that Wikipedia practises exclusionism through what could be thought of as "wiki literacy".
The fundamental argument is that wikipedia is built on Media Wiki and Media Wiki has quite a complex editing system. In order to successfully make edits on Wikipedia that do anything more complex than simple text changes you do need to be competent with wiki mark up. This can is especially marked in the discussion pages which can look like a soup of odd characters when you switch to editing view. The author gets a little wild-eyed and claims that this is deliberate attempt to make editing difficult. (Not as difficult as trying to type a blog with a cat on your keyboard mind you.) If only people with a "masters degree in media wiki" can seriously contribute then, he claims, what you have is a system that self-selects contributors. One commentor succinctly parodies the argument as:

1) Hi, you've created arguably the most successful community of user generated content in history.
2) You're doing it all wrong.

Is there, though, some merit in the argument?

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