2014 Information Fluency Conference

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The Age of New Media: Literacy in the 21st Century

We are always-already immersed in a media rich environment, be it in the form of images, sounds or texts, and the proliferation of new media has not only changed our perception, but also the ways in which we navigate the world. Without a doubt, the ever-changing array of digital technologies has a tremendous and continuous impact on our concepts of literacy.

In his book, The Language of New Media, Lev Manovich identified five key principles that work to define and describe the development of new media over time: numerical representation, modularity, automation, variability and cultural transcoding (44). Each term represents a quality shared by all types of media and in beginning to understand what new media is and how it functions, we effectively work towards achieving deeper, more complex literacies appropriate for the 21st century.

Below are a few questions that we seek to explore further in our conversation of New Media and Literacy in the 21st Century:

What is new media? Why is the concept of new media worthy of an academic discussion? What are the effects of new media on literacy, particularly within higher education? In what ways can we focus on interdisciplinary approaches to information fluency?

Conference Tracks:
•Visual Representation: Understanding and Questioning the Image
•New Media Convergence: Where Theory meets Practice
•Thinking Critically and Creatively: Communication and Technology
•The Global Classroom: Challenges of New Media Literacies
• Digital Leadership: The 21st Century Library