Challenges of multimedia self-presentation : taking, and mistaking, the show on the road

Nelson, Mark Evan, Hull, Glynda A. and Roche-Smith, Jeeva 2008, Challenges of multimedia self-presentation : taking, and mistaking, the show on the road, Written communication, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 415-440, doi: 10.1177/0741088308322552.

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Title Challenges of multimedia self-presentation : taking, and mistaking, the show on the road
Author(s) Nelson, Mark Evan
Hull, Glynda A.
Roche-Smith, Jeeva
Journal name Written communication
Volume number 25
Issue number 4
Start page 415
End page 440
Total pages 16
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2008-10
ISSN 0741-0883
Keyword(s) writing with new media
multimodal text analysis
youth media and identity
digital storytelling
new literacies
Summary One privilege enjoyed by new-media authors is the opportunity to realize representations of Self that are rich textual worlds in themselves and also to engage the wider world, with a voice, a smile, imagery, and sound. Still, closer investigation of multimedia composition practices reveals levels of complexity with which the verbal virtuoso is unconcerned. This article argues that while technology-afforded multimedia tools make it comparatively easy to author a vivid text, it is a multiplicatively more complicated matter to vividly realize and publicize an authorial intention. Based on analysis of the digital story creation process of a youth named “Steven,” the authors attempt to demonstrate the operation of two forces upon which the successful multimodal realization of the author's intention may hinge: “fixity” and “fluidity.” The authors show how, within the process of digital self-representation, these forces can intersect to influence multimodal meaning making, and an author's life, in consequential ways.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0741088308322552
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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