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Flows of Literacy Across Corporate and User-Produced Virtual Worlds

by Rebecca W. Black, Jonathan Alexander & Ksenia Korobkova

Background/Context: Sociocultural research on young people’s literate practices with digital media has generally focused on literacy events and practices that are grounded in distinct online locations, such as affinity spaces, specific websites, particular videogames, or virtual worlds.

Purpose/Objective/Research Question/Focus of Study: Contemporary media landscapes have become networked to such an extent that a transmedial approach is needed to understand the social, cultural, and literate contexts that young people inhabit.

Research Design: In this article, we use qualitative and literary analyses of products and artifacts from the Hunger Games media franchise to explore young people’s literacy practices as embedded in corporate and fan-produced transmedia ecologies.

Conclusions/Recommendations: Our analysis looks beyond spatial and structural boundaries to understand how flows of corporate and user-produced artifacts can shape, constrain, and expand young people’s literate repertoires.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 119 Number 12, 2017, p. 1-20 ID Number: 22066, Date Accessed: 10/18/2018 1:21:27 AM

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