The second edition was contracted in mid 2005, with a view to delivering the mss by March 2006. This plan came a little unstuck for two main reasons.

First, Colin came a cropper, as Guy Merchant described it, in January 2006. He was painting a high wall of the neighbour's new house -- which forms a fantastic backdrop for the front (streetside) courtyard of our home in Coatepec, Mexico -- when the ladder he was using left him airborne on the second storey level. Down will come baby, ladder and all -- onto a large clay pot (maseta). The result was two fractured vertebrae -- enough to occasion 3 months of bed rest. This proved good for writing, so far as connected time for writing was concerned. But the conditions of production left a lot to be desired.

Second, rather than just updating the original text and changing a few chapters, as we had originally thought would be the plan, we ended up writing an almost entirely new book. Of 100,000 words in the new text, only 6000 or so have survived to the new book. As a result, the book has a new title and sub title.

New Literacies 2.0

Everday Practices and Classroom Learning

Whereas the original book employed a more or less ostensive definition of 'new' literacies -- leaning mainly on examples of new literacies to show what me meant by literacies being 'new' in a chronological and an ontological sense, the new book takes two entire chapters within Part 1 (Chapters 2 and 3) to spell out a conceptual and theoretical account of new literacies. These chapters make liberal use of concerete examples to illustrate key points in the account of new literacies -- wikipedia,, weblogging as participation, wireless multitasking, fanfiction. Some of these examples are then taken up as chapter length discussions.

The mss was sent to Open University Press a week before the end of March, with a view to a late 2006 publication date. At this time the Cover looks like this and the Contents are looking like this.



Donna Alvermann


Preface to new edition

Part 1

What's New?


From 'Reading' to 'Digital Literacies'


New Literacies' and the Challenge of Mindsets


'News Literacies': Concepts and Practices

Part 2

New Literacies in Everyday Practice


New Literacies as Remix

  • Remix 1: Fanfic -- Remixing Words and Content
  • Remix 2: Fan Manga and Fan Anime -- Remixing Words and Graphics
  • Remix 3: Photoshopping: Humour, Solidarity and Politics -- Remixing Images
  • Remix 4: A-M-V -- Remixing Animation, Voice and Music


News, Views and Baby's Got the Blues: Weblogging and Mediacasting as Participation

Part 3

Classroom Learning Meets New Literacies


Planning Pedagogy for I-Mode: Learning in the Age of the 'Mobile Net'



Memes, L/literacy and Classroom Learning


So What?





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