Lots of good things happening this week. Here’s another one, if you’re in/going to be in New York City. The Teachers College Center for Multiple Languages and Literacies is sponsoring a talk by Michele Knobel of Montclair St. University on The Medium and The Message: A Sociocultural Analysis of Power, Writing, and the Blogosphere.
From the lecture series announcement:
This presentation focuses on the burgeoning phenomenon of the “weblog ” as a writing-based act of cultural production, and argues that weblogs are a truly new literacy. This discussion is grounded in an analysis of textual production, identity, and power set within the context of a knowledge and information society. I argue that issues concerning the powerfulness and effectiveness of blogs are complex, and I explore power distribution in the blogosphere, which challenges conventional (school) wisdom on what constitutes “powerful writing.” While we should think primarily about the “powerfulness” and “effectiveness” of weblogs in terms of their creators’ diverse purposes, it is clear that some purposes, effectively realized, and an absolutely tiny cohort of bloggers wield a wildly disproportionate amount of material power and influence within the blogging community. Thus, the blogosphere has significant implications for education and claims concerning “powerful writing” in schools.
Saturday, December 11
Teachers College, Columbia U.
525 W. 120th St.