12 November 2010

Review: New New Media

Paul Levinson’s New New Media is a succinct, clear synopsis of today’s newest media based on the author's own extensive experience.

Photo credit Krista76

Here are some sections relevant to my research on digital literacy:
  • One of the hallmarks of new new media blogging is that "you sit at your computer and type your words, and those words can tip the world in a better direction, or at least the direction you think best" (47).  That's exactly what Chime Tenzing is doing with his blog The Barking Dog.  In a recent post he writes, 
"Over the past five decades in exile, we led a world of our own and retained all that is lost with the invasion of our country. . . .  Despite all the challenges of our exile life, we still have the 'luxury' to speak about 'our' government, 'our' leadership, 'our' language, 'our' culture, 'our' religion and most prominently, 'our' Dalai Lama!  This is our victory and this is a befitting message to our tormentors.  So let's celebrate this!"  
 Chime Tenzing is blogging to change the world.

  • YouTube is an international information liberator.  One of Levinson's students, a woman who had been born in the Soviet Union, said that YouTube "enabled her to find out what was going on in the world, find out the truth, when she was living in Moscow.  Unlike television in her country, YouTube is not controlled by her government" (82).  This principle holds true for many forms of new new media.  Chime Tenzing's words about preserving Tibetan culture would likely not be acceptable to the Chinese government, but he can self-publish online.  Here's a YouTube video entitled "Tibetan Exiles Grow Impatient," another instance of liberated information.
  • The real-time knowledge resource that is new new media (123-4).  Twitter is, in Levinson's words, the epitome of immediacy.  As I type this post I'm also having a Skype chat with Norbu, who just consented to an interview for our final project.  And so it goes!  

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