Cynthia Selfe’s article on “Multimodal Composing” and Richard Miller’s “This is how we dream” YouTube video both stressed the idea of new media’s crucial role in the development of identity in beginning college writers. I found this outlook on literacy and education to be refreshing-a breath of fresh air from what I consider to sometimes be a stuffy and stifling learning environment. Learning and education need to move in the direction where the creator has the opportunity to express their ideas through multiple modes of media instead of being confined to a specific genre deemed proper by an archaic and selective institution.
Miller and Selfe agrees that the individual making meaning and producing for a global community is the new frontier for literacy. New media enables creators to layer different modes and subsequently different ideas for all types of learners. The process of the individual communicating an idea to a global audience fosters collaboration, another positive aspect of welcoming new media into education. The self is not as autonomous, producing for a distinct elite who sets the rules and expectations. Instead the individual is part of the group where learning and sharing can be given, taken, and is accessible to all.
I think its interesting that even though ideas communicated through new media are presented through so many sensory experiences in such a rapid and instant time frame the idea itself is not lost. New media can even be considered to enhance ideas and creates and focus on the meaning conveyed. As composition teachers I think it will be of value to evolve and grow along with the mentality and wants of society-socially, technologically, intellectually, artistically and culturally.