The arobase in the libr@ry : new political economies of children’s literatures and literacies
Kapitzke, Cushla & Bruce, Bertram C. (2005) The arobase in the libr@ry : new political economies of children’s literatures and literacies. Computers and Composition, 22(1), pp. 69-78.
This essay--part of a special issue on the work of Gunther Kress--uses the idea of affordances and constraints to explore the (im)possibilities of new environments for engaging with literature written for children (see Kress, 2003). In particular, it examines a festival of children's literature from an Australian education context that occurs online. The festival is part of a technologically mediated library space designated by the term libr@ry (Kapitzke & Bruce, 2006). The @ symbol (French word "arobase") inserted into the word library indicates that technological mediation has a history, an established set of social practices, and a political economy, which even chatrooms with "real" authors may alter but not fully supplant.
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