Media literacy is a big part of today’s youth culture. Teen now belong to a participatory culture in which they value artistic expression and sharing their ideas with those around them. This culture makes teens feel like their opinions matter, their contributions and their voice matter. The involvement in this culture allows for today’s youth to learn, create, and acquire skills that will help shape their future.
Participatory culture: a culture that is open to artistic expression and has a strong support for creating and sharing ideas. This culture makes its members feel as if their voice matters and creates a connection within the community.
Affiliations: members are apart of an online community such as Facebook, Myspace, Friendster
Expressions: members who participate produce new creative forms, such as digital sampling and skinning.
Collaborative Problem-solving: members work together in teams to complete tasks and develop new knowledge. Ex: reality gaming
Circulations: shapes the flow of media, ex: blogging
Media creator: someone who creates a blog or webpage, posted original artwork, photography, stories, or videos online or remixed online content into their own new creations
In the generation that we live in, being apart of a participatory is important. This course, and others like it, educates students about different forms of digital writing and allows them to create the skills needs that will enable them to become part of this culture and help them in the future.
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After reading this article, I did a search on how blogging is educational for students. I found an article in which an experiment was conducted on fourth/fifth grades students who were in a household in which English was their second language. By writing daily blogs, the creativity level and productivity level of the students increased. They also learned skills such as how to use the Internet to conduct research. This shows that it is very important for youth to engage in this participatory culture because they are gaining more that just social interaction. They are setting themselves up for success.
Jenkins, Henry. Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2009. Print.