I’ve been thinking a lot about trending terms these days, after reading Rodney Jones and Christop Hafner’s Understanding Digital Literacies: A Practical Introduction (2012, Routledge). In this book, which is an otherwise fine textbook for students, there is not a single reference to media literacy. Here’s what Google Trends has to say about the ‘media literacy,’ ‘digital literacy,’ and ‘information literacy’ as keywords:
While the terms ‘information literacy’ and ‘media literacy’ make distinctive reference to the discourse communities in which they arose, the term ‘digital literacy’ is the child of many fathers. So it means a lot of different things to different people.
So I wonder: should the terms ‘information literacy,’ ‘media literacy’ and ‘digital literacy’ compete or cooperate? Should these terms hold on to their distinctive identities or is it a good thing for them to blur together? Friends, weigh in on this one for me: How do you predict these trend lines to play forward, in 2014 and beyond?