Post two for 658: democracy must be social

If we are teaching technological literacies to perpetually resituate democracy, students may benefit from engaging in activities more reflective of practice with political discourse. Selber’s email filtration is useful, but it does not ask for much critical reflection. Today’s technologies allow for more democratic engagement. Current social media provides a platform of discursive interaction with news organizations on the national and international level. We can teach students to participate in meaningful conversations about politics as they happen. This requires a diligent, creative amount of pedagogical insight, but it will provide a space for change our students can literally see. This immediate rhetorical interaction quantifies the expectations of the trifecta of literacies Selber imposes, not just a mere functional approach to technology.


2 thoughts on “Post two for 658: democracy must be social

  1. I see the potential of teaching students the great ability to contribute to various political discourses in a timely manner. I am not sure how many students are really that interested in participating in one of those discourses. It may not matter to some, including those that don’t even vote even when they have that right.

  2. I find that having access to conversations is always beneficial. I consider my students first: who are they? I know many students who are here as exchange students from other countries. They cannot vote in this country, but they are acutely aware of how US politics affect their realities. That is just one example. I don’t believe that our voting system actually initiates change, myself. However, I participate and voice my beliefs as if it does–just in case one day what I think will matter. Is this not useful?

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