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Digital Griots: African American Rhetoric in a Multimedia Age

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Scholar Adam J. Banks offers a mixtape of African American digital rhetoric in his innovative study Digital Griots: African American Rhetoric in a Multimedia Age. Presenting the DJ as a quintessential example of the digital griot-high-tech storyteller-this book shows how African American storytelling traditions and their digital manifestations can help scholars and teacher ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 16th 2011 by Southern Illinois University Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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William Torgerson
Oct 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: digital-literacy
I'm recording a podcast with Dr. Roseanne Gatto and Dr. Carmen Kynard Wed. Dec. 14th to discuss this book. Carmen gets some mentions in the text. I'm giving this a quick re-read before next week.

Here's a quote I like from the first chapter:

...anyone still attempting to argue that Ebonics is a problem for black students or that it is somehow connected to a lack of intelligence or lack of desire to achieve is about as useful as a Betamax video cassette player, and it's time for those folks to be
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Adam Sprague
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Banks states that “anyone still attempting to argue that Ebonics is a problem for black students or that it is somehow connected to a lack of intelligence or lack of desire to achieve is about as useful as a Betamax video cassette player, and it's time for those folks to be retired, be they teachers, administrators, or community leaders, so the rest of us can try to do some real work in the service of equal access for black students and all students" (15).

When will the "one size fits all" writin
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Joe
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: swr
Banks argues that the emerging digital technologies offer new opportunities to extend an African-American tradition of performative, multimodal, narrative-based writing. Banks himself performs as well as states his a case in a book that is playful in its prose and imaginative in its form.
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“...anyone still attempting to argue that Ebonics is a problem for black students or that it is somehow connected to a lack of intelligence or lack of desire to achieve is about as useful as a Betamax video cassette player, and it's time for those folks to be retired, be they teachers, administrators, or community leaders, so the rest of us can try to do some real work in the service of equal access for black students and all students. (15)” 4 likes
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