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This was a great book with several incredible insights into how traditional ways of reading and interpreting texts might be supplemented and enhanced by teaching them alongside other forms of interpretation. In general, Jenkins et al. wholly convinced me that doing so would have a variety of positive consequences. Notable among them: students would understand the various motivations that underlie reading experiences and how differing motivations lead to differing interpretations; students would ...more
Jenkins and Kelley offer an optimistic alternative to Carr’s The Shallows: What the Internet is doing to our Brains which is filled, as Jenkins claims, with “contemporary anxieties” (p. 10). The book offers instead this explanation: “As a society, we are still sorting through the long-term implications of these [media] changes. But one thing is clear: These shifts point us toward a more participatory culture, one in which everyday citizens have an expanded capacity to communicate and circulate t ...more
Apr 29, 2013 Colette Drouillard, PhD rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: English Teachers / YA Librarians
I adore Henry Jenkins, so it's not a surprise that this is one of my favorite books this year looking at the use of participatory culture and the community of readers in literature for young readers... but this went above and beyond my expectations! Makes me want to teach high school English just for the opportunity to get my hands on a group of young readers to share this with!
This book has some incredible ideas about remixing, appropriating, and participating in reading. I didn't feel like I needed every chapter, and some of the reading seemed irrelevant or dull, but I will definitely be incorporating some of these ideas into my classroom! The Teachers' Strategy Guide that the researchers created (at newmedialiteracies.org) is incredible.
I was required to purchase this book for one of my library classes. I read the required chapters for the first week or so and then stopped--so boring and dull and did not seem to add anything to my learning.
This book really was food for the soul, in addition to increasing my academic and pedagogical knowledge. I have developed a true passion for fan fiction as both a creative writer and as a scholar, so I really enjoyed reading about how to integrate fan fiction and popular culture into classroom settings, as related to the study of literature. I was less interested in the parts of the book specifically related to Moby Dick, but I understood why that context was there. The ideas the book suggests r ...more