Literacies for the Near Future

Many recent calls to expand literacy for the 21st century center on visual literacy, and to some extent, networked literacies. However, we should also be thinking about literacies that acknowledge pervasive computing and urban informatics…


Mobile Voices

Mobile Voices, funded through the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Initiative, is a mobile phone storytelling platform that gives voice to the stories told by immigrant workers in Los Angeles.


Critical Commons

Critical Commons, funded through the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning initiative, is a non-profit advocacy coalition that advocates for the fair use of media in educational contexts, providing resources, information and tools for scholars, students and educators.


Blur + Sharpen

Blur + Sharpen began as screening series devoted to innovations in moving image artwork; it is now a blog hosted by KCET Local, and chronicles new media art and artists in Los Angeles.



Traveling festival of digital media projects, co-curated with Jonathan Wells and Sandy Hunter.

Video: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

“Video is everywhere,” the 2008 edition of The Horizon Report boldly announced, noting that the lower costs associated with video production mean that “faculty have more options than ever before to incorporate video into their curricula.”1 The sentence might also have read: “Bad video is everywhere!” Indeed, as Flip video camcorders and YouTube clips grow increasingly prevalent on campuses and in classrooms, and as citizen journalism vies with professional media production as a primary source of information, it is time to examine how those of us in higher education use — and how we ought to use — video, both in teaching and within emerging modes of scholarly production. It is also time to debunk some of the entrenched assumptions regarding the supposed divide between the word and the image, as well as the harsh distinction between amateur and professional production. Continue Reading →