Navigating a Varied Landscape: Literacy and the Credibility of Networked Information

  • Jacob W Craig College of Charleston
Keywords: digital networks, Googlization, information literacy, digital literacy, technological discourse, digital democracy

Abstract

Drawing on two accounts of information literacy, one from American students and another from teenaged Macedonian fake news makers, I argue that developing an information literacy reflective of the monetized and hierarchical nature of networks is paramount to writing and research. Focusing on the relationship between technological discourse—what is said about technology—and literacy—what people do with technology, I argue that recognizing the influence of corporations and differences between print and digital media are paramount for the development of information literacy.

Author Biography

Jacob W Craig, College of Charleston

Jacob W. Craig is an assistant professor of English at College of Charleston where he teaches courses in digital rhetoric, composition theory, and technical writing. His research examines the relationships between writers and their material worlds: particularly, writers’ technologies and their locations of writing. His work has appeared, among other places, in Kairos as well as in the edited collections Microhistories of Composition, The Tablet Book, and Deep Reading.

Published
2017-12-04
Section
Articles