The "uses of literacy" revisited in the multimedia age

Hartley, John (2007) The "uses of literacy" revisited in the multimedia age. (Unpublished)

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Richard Hoggart's The Uses of Literacy was published 50 years ago in 1957. It was an intellectual response to the challenge of mass media and it was also a popular bestseller in its own right. It set the agenda for educational and disciplinary reform that lasted a generation. Since the 1950s, the communications and entertainment media have grown to unprecedented power and pervasiveness. These media have also been at the forefront of changes in information, technological acceleration, consumerism and globalisation. If we do live in a commercial but humane democracy, as Hoggart fervently hoped that we would, the popular media are a chief means for interconnecting both the human and the democratic parts of society, and for linking expert elites in government, business and the professions with the general population. What are the 'uses of digital literacy' in a multimedia world?

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ID Code: 12648
Item Type: Other
Refereed: No
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 John Hartley
Deposited On: 17 Apr 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:56

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