As mentioned below, I recently attended the inaugural meeting of the International Media Literacy Research Forum . I've worked on the borders of media literacy for a while but this is the first gathering of media literacy theorists that I've attended, so it was extremely interesting to hear their points of view. Since there is no single agreed definition of media literacy, John Pungente, representing the Canadian organisation CAMEO, had been asked to provide one to act as a touchstone for that day only, so as to avoid much time being taken up by attempts to agree on a definition. It did not *sound* like a definition to me, since it comprised simply a list of words, and ones which could be applied to just about anything, but here goes anyway:
In January I wrote about how strangely addictive WikipediaVision was (and still is) but now I've come across something that inspires even more obsessive behaviour…at least for me.
I realise TwitterVision (by David Troy) has been around for a while; Nat Torkington blogged about its hynosis-inducing effects back in last March. Although I checked it out then (albeit briefly), it seems much more interesting to me now…perhaps because I'm also hooked on Twitter itself. Its seems this mashup would make a geography lesson or social studies lesson quite fun too…
Lord Frank Judd of Portsea visited the IOCT on 13 May 2008 to meet my PhD students and hear about various aspects of social media. Sascha Westendorf and Keno Buss are working on the DMU Creativity Assistant; Heather Conboy on e-learning; and Anietie Isong on African writers and the internet. Jess Laccetti, recently awarded her PhD, researched hypertexts by women.
We had a lively conversation with Frank, who is especially concerned about the impact of information overload on people in public life, such as MPs, who are committed to respond to the views of those they represent but find themselves drowning in email. This is indeed a concern, and one which the study of transliteracy needs to address. Maybe, as Jess suggested to me later, it's just a question of employing more people to filter material, but the financial implications of that are pretty large – especially considering recent debates in the UK over MPs' expenses. Intelligent agents are of course another solution, but at present a human filterer seems worth considering. Certainly, the function of the amplified editor / curator / filterer is increasingly important in a digital world.
I was intrigued by an invitation to attend the inaugural meeting of the International Media Literacy Research Forum to be held 14-16 May at Dali Universe, London, which looks like a pretty transliterate venue!
According to the website, the aim of the event is to provide a platform for professional researchers and practitioners from across the world to share knowledge and expertise in the field of media literacy research.
The delegate bios are varied and fascinating and I look forward to meeting lots of interesting people and engaging in some challenging discussions. Not sure if Dali's personal universe includes wireless or not, but I'll blog from the event if I can.
(x-posted at my blog)
Just a note to say that Bruce has now left DMU and gone to live in Edinburgh but he'll still be on the PART team for the foreseeable future. His projects over the 18 months he has been with us – his work on transliteracy, on the TNN project, and most recently on the Million Penguins wiki report, – have made important contributions to social media research and I hope he'll continue to synthesise his ideas on what's happening in the blogosphere. You may have left us in the flesh, Bruce, but you're still with us here in cyberspace!