“I Threw a Party and Million People Showed Up”: A Website Owner and Operator as Model for New Literacies Teaching

By Kelly M. Keegan.

Published by The Technology Collection

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This paper describes the ways in which a website owner and operator can serve as a model for New Literacies Teaching. The design of the site is intimately related to the owner/operator’s life experience and philosophies; therefore, the content of the site and what constitutes legitimate knowledge and participation at Fark are determined by the “ethos” set forth by the site owner. Teaching New Literacies in modern classrooms requires a commitment to not only the content but the modalities of those New Literacies, something which the owner of Fark has woven into his own administration of Fark.com. Educators may do well to examine the ways in which the design and the “ethos” of Fark attract and maintain communities where a high degree of complex learning and interaction takes place.

Keywords: Internet, Website, Multiliteracies, New Literacies

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 7, Issue 5, pp.73-90. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 829.881KB).

Dr. Kelly M. Keegan

Assistant Professor, Ella Cline Shear School of Education, State University of New York College, Geneseo, New York, USA

Kelly Keegan is an Assistant Professor of English Education at SUNY Geneseo. Her interests include online communities of practice, communities centered around newsletters and weblogs, multiliteracies, science fiction and graphic novels as used in secondary classrooms, and online viral videos and memes.


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