Writing and Transliteracy


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  • The term Transliteracy is derived from the verb 'to transliterate', meaning to write or print a letter or word using the closest corresponding letters of a different alphabet or language. Today we extend the act of transliteration and apply it to the increasingly wide range of communication platforms and tools at our disposal. From early signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV & film to networked digital media, the concept of transliteracy provides a cohesion of communication modes relevant to reading, writing, interpretation and interaction, but it remains relatively new and is still in formation.
  • Writing and Transliteracy

    1. 1. <ul><li>Writing & Transliteracy </li></ul><ul><li>MUST 1009 - 15 March 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Professor Sue Thomas </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Clephan 1.01d x8266 </li></ul><ul><li>. </li></ul>
    2. 2. <ul><li>Writing </li></ul><ul><li>The action of one who writes e.g. penmanship, handwriting, typewriting etc (ME 1000-1400AD); the action of composing and committing to manuscript including style, manner, literary expression (late ME) music (1782) </li></ul><ul><li>That which is in a written state or form; work; document; deed; inscription (ME) </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>Transliteracy </li></ul><ul><li>The ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms and tools from orality through print, TV, radio and film, to networked digital media. </li></ul>
    4. 4. More…? √ √ MP3 √ √ √ Blackboard √ √ √ MySpace √ TV √ √ Email √ Book Interact Write Read
    5. 6. <ul><li>Media Literacy 'The ability to access, understand and create communications in a variety of contexts.' (Ofcom, 2003) + Digital Literacy 'The ability to understand and use information in multiple formats from a wide range of sources when it is presented via computers.' (Gilster, 1997) + More: a sense of history, culture, production and interaction (help needed with this bit!) = Transliteracy 'The ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms and tools from orality through print, TV, radio and film, to networked digital media.' (PART, 2006) </li></ul>
    6. 7. <ul><li>Singin in the Rain </li></ul><ul><li>(1951) Set late 1920s </li></ul><ul><li>Excerpt 8 mins </li></ul><ul><li>What literacy is missing here? </li></ul><ul><li>[While you watch, keep adding to your chart] </li></ul>
    7. 8. <ul><li>Web 2.0..The Machine is Us/ing Us </li></ul><ul><li>Michael Wesch (2007) </li></ul><ul><li>4 mins </li></ul><ul><li>What kind of literacy is this? </li></ul><ul><li>[remember your chart!] </li></ul>
    8. 9. <ul><li>How to use Bloglines </li></ul><ul><li>Sue Thomas (a few weeks ago) </li></ul><ul><li>3 mins </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy? </li></ul><ul><li>[remember chart!] </li></ul>
    9. 10. <ul><li>Epic 2015 </li></ul><ul><li>Robin Sloan, Museum of Media History (2005) </li></ul><ul><li>8 mins </li></ul><ul><li>What future literacies can you imagine? </li></ul><ul><li>[chart!] </li></ul>
    10. 11. <ul><li>Find out more </li></ul><ul><li>Production and Research in Transliteracy </li></ul><ul><li>(PART) </li></ul><ul><li>www.transliteracy.com </li></ul>
    11. 12. <ul><li>Find out more </li></ul><ul><li>MA in Creative Writing and New Media </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.creativewritingandnewmedia.com </li></ul>
    12. 13. <ul><li>Find out more </li></ul><ul><li>Chris Joseph </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Writer-in-Residence, IOCT </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.chrisjoseph.org </li></ul>
    13. 14. More…? MP3 Blackboard MySpace TV Email Book Interact Write Read
    14. 15. <ul><li>DMU projects to watch </li></ul><ul><li>Online MA in Creative Writing and New Media http:// www.creativewritingandnewmedia.com </li></ul><ul><li>Writing and the Digital Life blog and email list http://www.hum.dmu.ac.uk/blogs/ wdl / </li></ul><ul><li>Production and Research in Transliteracy (PART) http://www.transliteracy.com </li></ul><ul><li>Tags, Networks, Narratives http://www.hum.dmu.ac.uk/blogs/ tnn / </li></ul><ul><li>Chris Joseph, Digital Writer-in-Residence, http:// www.chrisjoseph.org </li></ul><ul><li>IOCT Salon http:// www.ioctsalon.com </li></ul><ul><li>Institute of Creative Technologies http:// www.ioct.dmu.ac.uk / </li></ul><ul><li>Dates for your DMU diary </li></ul><ul><li>April 5, Low Brow Trash at the IOCT Salon http:// www.ioctsalon.com </li></ul><ul><li>June 8, First UK Conference on Women, Blogging & Business http:// www.nlabwomen.com </li></ul><ul><li>July 4, Alan Liu, Professor of English, University of California Santa Barbara, IOCT http:// www.ioct.dmu.ac.uk/wp / </li></ul><ul><li>July 10, Tags, Networks, Narratives Public Seminar, IOCT (Bruce Mason, Sue Thomas and others) http://www.hum.dmu.ac.uk/blogs/ tnn / </li></ul><ul><li>Further reading </li></ul><ul><li>Tim O’Reilly ‘What is Web 2.0?’ http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/oreilly/tim/news/2005/09/30/what-is-web-20.html </li></ul><ul><li>Kevin Kelly, We Are The Web Wired 13.08, August 2005 http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/13.08/tech_pr.html </li></ul><ul><li>Thomas, S. Transliteracy - reading in the digital age , English Subject Centre Newsletter http://www.english.ltsn.ac.uk/explore/publications/newsletters/newsissue9/thomas.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Thomas, S. Del.icio.us. way to talk Times Higher Education Supplement, 27 October 2005 http://www.hum.dmu.ac.uk/blogs/wdl/2005/11/_delicious_way_to_talk__times.html </li></ul><ul><li>Sloan, R. & Thompson, M. Epic (Movie file) http:// epic.makingithappen.co.uk / </li></ul><ul><li>Sue’s guide to adding a site to Bloglines http://www.hum.dmu.ac.uk/~sthomas/bloglinesfeed1/bloglinesfeed1.html </li></ul>
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