Do I have to do it?

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.

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2 Responses to Do I have to do it?

  1. css34 says:

    I must agree the hardest part of this assignment is getting over your own voice. It’s like, “Do I really sound this dumb all the time?” I actually didn’t use a script and just kind of went for it. As a result, I got a lot of “um’s” and “like’s” thrown in there. However, I think this makes it authentic. The big issue that immediately popped into my mind was the orality versus written literacy debate. Obviously, this assignment is based on the written word so we all have to be literate to complete it. However, I can imagine a future world where this oral literacy supersedes written literacy practices. With technology rapidly developing, it’s only a matter of time before this type of digital oral literacy is perfected.
    I think a balance between written and digital oral literacy is ideal. There are pros and cons to both. Written literacy involves symbols which can be interpreted by anyone who knows that language. Oral literacy is subject to dialect variation and slang which can easily cause confusion. However, the latter is undeniably authentic where writing can sometimes seem contrived. Additionally, some people are just better at speaking than writing. For them, oral literacy could be the perfect solution. It’s really a tough debate either way. Growing up without this technology, I can honestly say it feels foreign to me compared to the written word. However, the future generation is growing up with this technology. Everything from Skype to video games utilizes the spoken word. Only time will tell how my own generation will deal with this emerging technology.

  2. RevMina says:

    I think its hilarious that all of us are repelled by our own voices but we talk all of the time! But its the recorded voice that gets us, seems foreign, makes us sound “that dumb?”. I find this intriguing because its the same for a lot of people when they go to put their thoughts down on the paper or their computer. When you go to write a paper you are, in a way, recording your thoughts. I don’t hear that many people saying “Ugh, I think so stupid,” or “I formulate thoughts in such a painful way” but I do hear people scream out in agony as they stare at their computer screen, agony pumping through every vein, showing in every facial line. What is it really that is painful? Is it the transfer of one literacy practice to another, the shift from oral to written, from written back to oral? Is it just the recording process?

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