“Prosuming” across cultures : youth creating digital media across borders

Dezuanni, Michael L. & Monroy-Hernandez , Andres (2012) “Prosuming” across cultures : youth creating digital media across borders. Revista Comunicar, 38, pp. 59-66.

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The Scratch Online Community is a space that enables young people to share their creative digital projects internationally with a level of ease that was impossible only a few years ago. Like all creative communities, Scratch is not just a space for sharing products, work, techniques and tips and tricks, but also a space for social interaction. Media literacy educators have unprecedented challenges and opportunities in digital environments like Scratch to harness the vast amount of knowledge in the community to enhance students’ learning. They also have challenges and opportunities in terms of implementing a form of digital media literacy education that is responsive to social and cultural representation. One role of digital media literacy is to help young people to challenge unfair and derogatory portrayals of people and to break down processes of social and cultural ‘othering’ so that all community members feel included and safe to express themselves. This article considers how online community spaces might draw on social interaction to enhance cross-cultural understandings and learning through dialogue and creative practice. The article uses statistics to indicate the amount of international interaction in the Scratch community. It then uses qualitative analysis of forum discussions and creative digital work to analyse the types of cross cultural interaction that occurs.

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ID Code: 46253
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Media literacy, Digital media literacy, Media education, Youth
DOI: 10.3916/C38-2012-02-06
ISSN: 1134-3478
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Creative Arts Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Please consult the author(s)
Deposited On: 29 Sep 2011 22:36
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2016 23:41

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