Phew. Made it through another acedmic chapter – I think? The word litercy drives me crazy sometimes while reading this text. In the first chapter, literacy was used over and over again in relation to the evolution of what “literacy” was. I’m not big on theory, I prefer how it affects me now and what it means today. I’m bad at history. I did pick up on the Discourse vs. discourse, so at least that point stuck in my head when beginning this chapter… good thing too since those terms were used a lot throughout this one.
Right off the bat, the author explains “literacy is always and everywhere a matter of literacies”. Literacy is not meant to be a single thing, but made of multiple aspects – just like discourses. Hey connecting the dots already!
One area that I really keyed in on was Reckwitz’s discussion about practices. The author did a good job of breaking down how one area is actually broken down into many different mental and physical processes that all accumulate into one action. I started to think about how I know to type on a keyboard (dumb example, I know) – I have to be able to understand words, sentence structure, punctuation, use motor skills to move my hands, use muscle memory to know where keys on the keyboard are, translate words in my brain to individual keystrokes, etc. It’s a rabbit whole for sure, but all of those steps/aspects equal one practice – typing this response.
The area on encoded texts… that just seemed like a lot of pages just discussing how important it is to write or record media; without writing, typing or recording voice, communication is lost. It’s like a big game of telephone – more is lost the more it is passed from person to person. There would be no game of telephone if someone just recorded their sentence and hit play.
And finally, the Facebook section. Bless Mark Zuckerberg (and his comrades) for starting a revolution. He created one platform for people from all aspects of life, countries, backgrounds, socioeconomic status, cultural norms, ways of communicating (want me to keep going?) to engage and interact together – to me, this seems like the starting point of social networking age. The intricacies of navigating Facebook and engaging in social networking has to be done the same way as there is only one way to do each of the tasts the author breaks down and lists. This all relates to the intricaies involved in practices and literacy – the many different pieces that make up the one puzzle.
At least that’s my take on it?