Digital literacies in the age of remix
I have added three dimensions. The social dimension is self explanatory, because the components on the top row are all outward facing. The personal dimension should be equally clear, because the components in this column are focused on personal organisation of space, digital identity and personal branding. The left hand column attends to how knowledge is managed. These components describe how learners organise their content and what they do with it.
I would like to draw your attention to the middle column, which as yet has no categorisation (and this is embryonic, so components may be added, removed, or reorganised in the future). This section seems to rely particularly on creativity and flexibility. My explanation of transliteracy is that it is the ability to be able to present your ideas, connect and manage your presence equally well no matter what tools and technologies you select. If you are transliterate between YouTube and Facebook, you should be able to use both equally well for similar tasks. This aligns neatly to White and Le Cornu's Digital Residents theory.
Perhaps also of some note is the component of reusing, remixing and repurposing. Kevin Kelly recently argued that we are in the age of productive remixing, suggesting that recent innovations are little more than recombinations of earlier media genre and technologies. The same could be argued about knowledge. The synthesis of opposing ideas, coupled with the ability to source knowledge freely leads to an infinite number of new combinations, and growth can become exponential.
As ever, these ideas are open for comment and contructive criticism.
Kelly, K. (2016) Remix, Rewind, Reinvent - Where media is going next. Wired Magazine, July-August, 156-163.
White, D. and Le Cornu, A. (2011) Visitors and Residents - A new typology for online engagement. First Monday, 16, 19, Available Online (Accessed 14 June 2016).
Graphic by Steve Wheeler
Digital literacies in the age of remix by Steve Wheeler was written in Budapest, Hungary and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.