Convergence: From Culture to Literacy and Back Again

As Henry Jenkins argues in his book, Convergence Culture, mixing up media forms also remixes culture and reframes literacy. I think about “converged literacy” as an ability to handle boundary-crossing and convention-breaking texts both produced and distributed through an array of sites, digital and face-to-face. It’s also a logic, a way of seeing and acting in the world, a learned instinct to defy expected formulas for expression and interpretation. And converged literacy is a right, both demanded and produced by engaged citizenship, though still denied young people marginalized from the work and play of making media.

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