“ Socially recognized ways of generating, communicating and negotiating meaningful content as members of Discourses through the medium of encoded texts.”
We may distinguish/relate “Literacies” and “literacies” – i.e., L/literacies – parallel to the way Gee distinguishes D/discourses, such that practices like “Facebooking” (or “participating in online social networking sites”), “internet meme-ing” and the like can be understood in terms of L/literacies
Generating and communicating meanings, inviting others to make meaning from our texts, and doing so with others in turn, can only be done by having something to make meaning from ; namely, a kind of content carried as “potential” by a text and actualized as meaningful content through interaction with the text by its recipients. If there is no text there is no literacy.
Texts that have been “frozen” or “captured” in ways that free them from their immediate context and origin of production, such that they are “(trans)portable” and exist independently of the presence of human beings as bearers of the text.
Includes freezing language as a podcast, or photoshopping an image, as much as “letteracy”.