X

Looks like you are a new visitor to this site. Hello!

Welcome to Hope For Film! Come participate in the discussion, and I encourage you to enter your email address in the sidebar and subscribe. It's free! And easy! If you have any suggestions on how to improve this website or suggestions for topics please don't hesitate to write in to any of the blogs.

You can also follow me on Twitter or Facebook.

(If you keep getting this message, you probably have cookies turned off.)

March 29 at 7:29am

The New Skills Needed For Participatory Culture

By Ted Hope

Okay this is old news, but it is still DAMN F’N relevant!

In 2005, via the MacArthur Foundation, Henry Jenkins released this white paper, pointing out that:

Schools as institutions have been slow to react to the emergence of this new participatory culture; the greatest opporitunity for change is currently found in afterschool programs and informal learning communities. Schools and afterschool programs must devote more attention to fostering what we call the new media literacies: a set of cultural competencies and social skills that young people need in the new media landscape. Participatory culture shifts the focus of literacy from one of individual expression to community involvement.The new literacies almost all involve social skills developed through collaboration and networking.These skills build on the foundation of tradi- tional literacy, research skills, technical skills, and critical analysis skills taught in the classroom.

What Jenkins goes on to point out is needed among students, is also very much needed by anyone working in the film business, or desiring a full appreciation  of today’s film culture.

The new skills include:

Play — the capacity to experiment with one’s surroundings as a form of problem-solving Performance — the ability to adopt alternative identities for the purpose of improvisation and discovery

Simulation — the ability to interpret and construct dynamic models of real-world processes

Appropriation — the ability to meaningfully sample and remix media content

Multitasking — the ability to scan one’s environment and shift focus as needed to salient details.

Distributed Cognition — the ability to interact meaningfully with tools that expand mental capacities

Collective Intelligence — the ability to pool knowledge and compare notes with others toward a common goal

Judgment — the ability to evaluate the reliability and credibility of different information sources

Transmedia Navigation — the ability to follow the flow of stories and information across multiple modalities

Networking — the ability to search for, synthesize, and disseminate information

Negotiation — the ability to travel across diverse communities, discerning and respecting multiple perspectives, and grasping and following alternative norms.

I want to make sure my son has all these skills in his arsenal as he starts middle school.  That said, if I ran an undergrad film school, this training would be part of the core curriculum.  At the grad level, it would be an entry requirement.

  • Digg
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
  • Print

71 Comments

leave a comment
  1. www / Mar 29 at 7:29am

    After looking into a few of the blog articles on your blog, I seriously like your technique of writing a blog. I added it to my bookmark website list and will be checking back in the near future. Take a look at my website too and let me know your opinion.

  2. www / Mar 29 at 7:29am

    I’m impressed, I have to admit. Seldom do I come across a blog that’s both educative and interesting, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the head. The problem is something which not enough people are speaking intelligently about. I’m very happy I found this during my hunt for something regarding this.

  3. www / Mar 29 at 7:29am

    I blog often and I really thank you for your information. This article has really peaked my interest. I’m going to take a note of your blog and keep checking for new information about once a week. I opted in for your Feed too.

  4. www / Mar 29 at 7:29am

    Having read this I thought it was extremely enlightening. I appreciate you finding the time and effort to put this informative article together. I once again find myself spending a significant amount of time both reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still worth it!

  5. www / Mar 29 at 7:29am

    Very nice article. I definitely love this website. Thanks!

  6. www / Mar 29 at 7:29am

    After I initially commented I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on whenever a comment is added I recieve 4 emails with the same comment. Is there a means you are able to remove me from that service? Many thanks!

  7. www / Mar 29 at 7:29am

    This web site really has all the information and facts I needed concerning this subject and didn’t know who to ask.

  8. www / Mar 29 at 7:29am

    Very good info. Lucky me I came across your website by chance (stumbleupon). I’ve bookmarked it for later!

  9. www / Mar 29 at 7:29am

    Good web site you’ve got here.. It’s difficult to find high-quality writing like yours these days. I truly appreciate people like you! Take care!!

  10. www / Mar 29 at 7:29am

    Excellent post. I absolutely love this site. Continue the good work!

  11. www / Mar 29 at 7:29am

    After looking over a number of the articles on your web page, I really appreciate your way of blogging. I saved as a favorite it to my bookmark webpage list and will be checking back soon. Take a look at my website as well and let me know your opinion.

  12. www / Mar 29 at 7:29am

    Pretty! This was an extremely wonderful article. Many thanks for supplying this info.

  13. www / Mar 29 at 7:29am

    Pretty! This was an incredibly wonderful article. Thanks for providing this information.

  14. www / Mar 29 at 7:29am

    Everything is very open with a clear clarification of the issues. It was definitely informative. Your website is extremely helpful. Thank you for sharing!

  15. www / Mar 29 at 7:29am

    Having read this I thought it was rather informative. I appreciate you spending some time and effort to put this informative article together. I once again find myself spending way too much time both reading and leaving comments. But so what, it was still worthwhile!

  16. www / Mar 29 at 7:29am

    You need to be a part of a contest for one of the highest quality sites on the internet. I am going to recommend this blog!

  17. www / Mar 29 at 7:29am

    Good post. I learn something new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon everyday. It will always be useful to read articles from other writers and practice a little something from their web sites.

  18. www / Mar 29 at 7:29am

    I blog quite often and I genuinely thank you for your information. This article has truly peaked my interest. I am going to take a note of your website and keep checking for new details about once per week. I opted in for your Feed too.

  19. BasilFSlaney / Mar 29 at 7:29am

    Heya i’m initially here. I came across this board and that i believe it is really useful & it helped me to out a lot.
    I hope to present something back and aid others such as you aided me.

  20. comprar ebooks / Mar 29 at 7:29am

    Everything is very open with a clear explanation of the issues.
    It was truly informative. Your website is very
    useful. Thanks for sharing!

    comprar ebooks

    http://www.ready4read.com/comprar-ebook/

  21. Layla Pinchback / Mar 29 at 7:29am

    Some truly excellent articles on this website , thankyou for contribution.

Leave a Comment

This site could not have been built without the help and insight of Michael Morgenstern. My thanks go out to him.

Help save indie film and give this guy a job in web design or film!