Assuming no knowledge of linguistics, "Understanding Digital Literacies"
provides an accessible and timely introduction to new media literacies. It
supplies readers with the theoretical and analytical tools with which to
explore the linguistic and social impact of a host of new digital literacy
practices. Each chapter in the volume covers a different topic, presenting
an overview of the major concepts, issues, problems and debates surrounding
the topic, while also encouraging students to reflect on and critically
evaluate their own language and communication practices.
-coverage of a diverse range of digital media texts, tools and practices
including blogging, hypertextual organisation, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube,
Wikipedia, websites and games
-an extensive range of examples and case studies to illustrate each topic,
such as how blogs have affected our thinking about communication, how the
creation and sharing of digital images and video can bring about shifts in
social roles, and how the design of multiplayer online games for children
can promote different ideologies
-a variety of discussion questions and mini-ethnographic research projects
involving exploration of various patterns of media production and
communication between peers, for example in the context of Wikinomics and
peer production, social networking and civic participation, and digital
literacies at work
-end of chapter suggestions for further reading and links to key web and
-a companion website, http://www.routledge.com/cw/jones-9780415673150/,
providing supplementary material for each chapter, including summaries of
key issues, additional web-based exercises, and links to further resources
such as useful websites, articles, videos and blogs.
This book will provide a key resource for undergraduate and graduate
students studying courses in new media and digital literacies.