Track: Content Based and Informal Presentations

Title Featured Speaker: Kaseidio Quandry
Digital Literacy and the Death of Community: Implications for Education
Author(s): John Carter McKnight
Moderator(s):Xilin Yifu
Date Friday, March 18 13:00
Location: Central Auditorium
Abstract Contemporary Americans of seemingly all backgrounds exercise such power as they may have to join social networks –voluntary associations of similar backgrounds – and to opt out of community – involuntary associations which may manifest diversity. Digital literacy, the ability to make and extract meaning from digital technologies, is one such power. Online tools, including games and virtual worlds, are routinely used to avoid diversity and seek out similarity. At its best, this trend allows the different to find belonging and acceptance, but all too often it enables racism, homophobia and sexism. Educators working to build digital literacy must understand and confront the dark side of the social network by teaching the skills of community: civility, tolerance and the capacity to search for common ground
Bio(s): John Carter McKnight: SL: Kaseido Quandry

Adjunct Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, and a PhD student in its College of Letters and Science. John’s research focuses on the implications of online communities for democracy and civic engagement. Previously, he was Prelaw Services Coordinator at ASU, a corporate finance attorney, and CEO of a startup spacesuit design firm. This semester he is co-teaching “Videogames, Learning and Literacy” to undergraduates and “Discourse, Community and Power in Virtual Worlds” at the graduate level. He’s a level 84 tanking paladin in World of Warcraft

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