I too found the Literacy Remixed project to be quite intuitive about the different forms of literacy in our world today. Although, I am on the opposite end – I hate the way I sound and find it very difficult to produce something interesting. I can’t grasp how to make it interesting? Why wasn’t the written form enough? Or better yet, how am I supposed to transform this into an audio version because I like the written one just fine.
I have also been taking a public speaking course this semester, so I thought that would come in handy for this assignment; so far it is not that helpful. I do find that if I know what I want to say I can sound more confident about it. Just like public speaking you really don’t want to wing it. So I made a draft.
Basically, I took my 4 page paper, turned it into an outline of a speech, then attempted to record me saying the script. Sounds like this could be a definite form of literacy; reading and writing are both in there. It is clearly a literacy event because it revolves around the written word.
My only problem with this project is the idea that this could be our future. If I thought it was difficult to write a paper then I am in for a rude awakening when audio diaries start piling up in my coursework. It’s one thing to have to give a speech, but to be forced to listen to yourself say the same phrases over and over through editing is almost punishment.
I hope that as I make progress with the assignment (and get over my own voice) that I can start to grasp how this form of literacy will impact my writing. I do have to say that I will not complain about having to write another paper because there is so much more, painstaking detail that goes into audacity.
But who knows, kids these days might be more interested in hearing what they have to say this way. Maybe it will make them less self-conscious. At the same time, it could push them further from being interested in literacy. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.