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LANGUAGE AND LEARNING IN THE DIGITAL AGE In Language and Learning in the Digital Age, linguist James Paul Gee and educator Elisabeth Hayes deal with the forces unleashed by today’s digital media, forces that are transforming language and learning for good and ill.
“Language and Learning in the Digital Age is both grounded and wise. Gee and Hayes’ perspective is one that looks back as much as it looks forward and it has a place on everyone’s bookshelf or digital reader, so that we can take stock in how far we have come (and how far we have to go).” Jennifer Rowsell, Canada Research Chair in Multiliteracies, Brock University, Canada “Both a stimulating and highly readable account of how new media are changing the way we communicate and learn and an antidote to the various moral panics surrounding computers, the Internet and youth culture. This book should be required reading for anyone working in education today.” Rodney Jones, City University of Hong Kong.
CONTENTS 1 Introduction 1 2 Language 6 3 Literacy 14 4 Language and interaction 23 5 New kinds of people and relationships 33 6 Literacy and interpretation 41 7 School 54 8 School and passionate affinity spaces 65 9 Play and theory crafting 77 10 Cats, passion, and expertise 89 11 The return of the amateur and the new capitalism 98 12 Words, images, and experiences 111.
1 INTRODUCTION In a title like Language and Learning in the Digital Age, the word “language” seems less trendy than the word “digital.” We are rightly impressed by our new digital tools. Their perils and possibilities are new. In comparison, language seems so old and mundane, its perils and possibilities long forgotten. However, we will argue that the perils and possibilities of digital media are, in fact, species of the same perils and possibilities we find in the history of oral language and written language.