Not So Sweet Dreams Are Made of These: Cat Massacres and Reading Revolutions in Literacies and Literate Identities. The Problematics of Appropriating New Technologies into English Education
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting,
This paper is particularly concerned with the authorial text with its single, usually male, frequently European, inspired and objective voice. Enabled by a discourse of clarity, a reader of this text may identify with a single author's mind. While much has been done to displace this construct in schools over the last few decades, the paper contends that it still foregrounds dominant assumptions about reading and texts in classrooms. Introducing textual practices associated with what is being called here "new machines for dreaming" provides a possible means of displacing long-lived and preferred literacy practices in schools. People are going through another "leserevolution," a term Rolf Engelsing has coined for a period of intensification brought about by an increased access to texts. The new technologies for dreaming return literate subjects to collaborative makers, users, consumers, and critics of hypermedia, Internet, and similar sorts of visual and interactive texts not unlike the pre-Modernist literacies described in Robert Darnton's "The Great Cat Massacre." The paper focuses on uses of electronic bulletin boards, hypermedia constructions, chat rooms, etc., in teacher education courses at the Pennsylvania State University, Columbia University Teachers College, and elsewhere and on the uses of chat rooms in two eighth-grade classrooms in New York City's Chinatown. (Contains 13 references). (NKA)
Albright, J. (2000). Not So Sweet Dreams Are Made of These: Cat Massacres and Reading Revolutions in Literacies and Literate Identities. The Problematics of Appropriating New Technologies into English Education. Presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting 2000.